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New Zealand

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New Zealand now has one of the world's least regulated economies New Zealand consists of two main islands. The larger, South Island, is also the more mountainous, dominated by ...

O! Temperance

O! Temperance  

A: Mervyn Thompson Pf: 1972, Christchurch, New Zealand Pb: 1984 G: Hist. drama in 2 acts; prose with songs S: Meeting hall, New Zealand, 1919 C: 10m, 4f, many extrasAt a meeting on the eve of the ...
Pohutukawa Tree

Pohutukawa Tree  

A: Bruce Mason Pf: 1957, Wellington, New Zealand Pb: 1960; rev. 1985 G: Trag. in 3 acts S: New Zealand, 1950s C: 7m, 6fAroha Mataira, a Maori matriarch, lives in a house dominated by a large ...
Wide Open Cage

Wide Open Cage  

A: James K. Baxter Pf: 1959, Wellington, New Zealand Pb: 1959 G: Trag. in 3 acts S: Skully's two-room shack, rural New Zealand, 1950s C: 3m, 3fJack Skully, an old seaman in his fifties living off his ...
Foreskin's Lament

Foreskin's Lament  

A: Greg McGee Pf: 1980, Auckland Pb: 1981 G: Tragicom. in 2 acts; prose and some verse S: Rugby changing room and verandah outside Larry's house, c.1980 C: 7m, 2fUrged on by the coach Tupper, a rugby ...
Fire-Raiser

Fire-Raiser  

AT: Biedermann and the Firebugs A: Max Frisch Pf: 1958, Zurich Pb: 1958 Tr: 1962 G: Drama in 6 scenes, prelude, and epilogue; German prose S: Middle-class home in Central Europe, late 1940s, and hell ...
Krishnan’s Dairy

Krishnan’s Dairy (1997)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...Dairy Author: Jacob Rajan Date/place of 1st performance: 1997 , Wellington, New Zealand Date of 1st publication: 2005 Genre: Drama in 1act, English and Malayalam prose, 2 songs Setting/time of action: Small grocery shop in suburban New Zealand, 1990s and 2010s Cast: 2m, 2f, played by one actor with masks, 1m, 1 singer Gobi Krishnan has come from southern India with his wife Zina and baby son to New Zealand, where he runs a grocery store. The business is hardly thriving, especially as Gobi is sometimes cheated by customers and even...

O! Temperance

O! Temperance (1972)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...prohibition, the necessary votes are achieved in the 1919 poll. However, after strenuous campaigning amongst New Zealand troops abroad, the decision is reversed. Today, despite an estimated annual cost to the nation of $500 million from excessive alcohol consumption, the Temperance Movement is barely remembered. Thompson , one of New Zealand's most successful contemporary playwrights and directors, documents an almost forgotten aspect of New Zealand history. At the same time, O! Temperance is a vigorously entertaining show based on revivalist meetings, full...

Pohutukawa Tree, The

Pohutukawa Tree, The (1957)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...to defiance: ‘God made this land for us. It cannot be sliced.’ Finally, she finds the way out of her dilemma by taking her own life. Mason stands as the first New Zealand writer to be primarily a playwright in a country at a time when the one professional theatre company, the New Zealand Players, who premiered The Pohutukawa Tree , collapsed for lack of funding in 1960 . This play (the first New Zealand play to appear on the school syllabus) distinguishes itself also by offering the first major role to a Maori actress and analyses with great sympathy, if not...

Foreskin's Lament

Foreskin's Lament (1980)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...the big game to see the New Zealand–South Africa rugby match, but Foreskin refuses to watch an apartheid-selected team in action. Tupper encourages his men to play dirty on Saturday, but Foreskin objects strongly, then asks Tupper not to make Ken play. At Larry's party after the game, Ken is lying in a coma in hospital, and Foreskin remains detached from the general merriment. Clean (Lindsay), a thuggish and now very drunk policeman, pesters Moira, but backs off when he discovers that she is a lawyer. Foreskin warns Moira that New Zealand is run by people like...

Wide Open Cage, The

Wide Open Cage, The (1959)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...Open Cage, The Author(s): James K. Baxter Date/place of 1st performance: 1959 , Wellington, New Zealand Date of 1st publication: 1959 Genre: Trag. in 3 acts Setting/time of action: Skully's two-room shack, rural New Zealand, 1950s Cast: 3m, 3f Jack Skully, an old seaman in his fifties living off his pension, has just spent the night with Norah Vane, a Maori prostitute in her twenties. Now with his friend Father Tom O'Shea, he rejects the priest's faith, calling God the prison governor of the cage they live in. He is visited by his...

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