TheatreFest 2017 Results

Results from TheatreFest, 16-17 September 2017.

Olga E Harding Award for Best Playwriting – Bryan Aitken

Drama Development Award for Best New Director – Paris Porter, “Rules of Play”, St Andrews College Christchurch

David Brockett Award for Backstage Achievement – Alexander Southey

Selecon Design/Technical Award – “An Incident”, Huntington Hounds of Riverlea

Jannat Aitchson Award for Emerging Distinctive Talent
- Cameron Lines, “An Incident at the Border”, Dramatix Theatre Development Trust
- Nic Cain, “Rules of Play”, St Andrews College Christchurch
- Jono Freebairn, “An Incident”, Huntington Hounds of Riverlea

Theatre New Zealand Award for Best Actor Male – Taylor Barrett, Paul in “All My Love, Paul”, Pegasus from Invercargill Repertory

Theatre New Zealand Award for Best Actor Female – Brogan Campbell, Leanne in “All My Love, Paul”, Pegasus from Invercargill Repertory

Denise Walsh Award for Best Production of a New Zealand Play – “Bittersweet Love”, Dramatix Theatre Development Trust

Bryan Aitken Award for Best Youth Production – “Rules of Play”, St Andrews College Christchurch

Ewen Coleman Award for Best Adult Production – “All My Love, Paul”, Pegasus from Invercargill Repertory

Theatre New Zealand Book of Honour for Best Overall Production – “An Incident”, Huntington Hounds of Riverlea

Photos will follow in the weekend :-)

TheatreFest 2017 News

We are excited to be approaching the THEATREFEST2017. We invite you to consider entering for fun and participation, and of course feedback and fellowship!

Note all information is available on the Theatre New Zealand website, the final date for entries to the THEATREFEST (and OLGA HARDING playwriting award) is the first Saturday in July. Amounts due are found on the website and entry forms ($100 membership per company, $140 per individual entry):

· If you would like to enter a performance / performances in THEATREFEST2017, please access the information in our general information;
· and the entry form is an online document at Entry Form :
· Reminder there are now 2 avenues to access THEATREFEST a) via a local festival, and b) via an individual adjudicated performance.
· to find out the dates of the festivals and contact people near you please check online on the TNZ Calendar or contact Steven This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or another local TNZ exec member:
· the dates and information for the REGIONALS and FINALS is also listed on the website and in the calendar
· If you would like to enter individually or set up a local festival please refer to our Organiser’s Handbook
· Olga Harding Play Writing Award completion entry forms 

Updated TheatreFest 2017 information

The dates and venues for the 2017 Regional TheatreFest are

Region Venue Dates Adjudicator Organiser
Top of the South Christchurch ~ St Andrews College 18-19 August 2017 Phil Peleton Mandy Perry
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Lower North Island Pahiatua ~ Regent Theatre & Cinema 18-19 August 2017 Bryan Aitken Gregg Perkins
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Lower South Island To Be Confirmed 25-26 August 2017 Phil Peleton to be confirmed
Upper North Island Hamilton ~ Riverlea Theatre 25-26 August 2017 Bryan Aitken Lorna Ashton
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The date and venue for the 2017 National TheatreFest Final and Theatre New Zealand Annual Conference is

Event Venue Dates Adjudicator Organiser
TNZ Conference, Workshops and AGM Wellington - Whitireia Performance Centre 16 September 2017   Ewen Coleman
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National Final Wellington - Hannah Playhouse 16-17 September 2017 Jon Pheloung Ewen Coleman
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TNZ Open Forum Wellington - Hannah Playhouse 17 September 2017   Ewen Coleman
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Two venues will be used over Saturday and Sunday. This structure means just one night’s accommodation for teams, supporters and TNZ members coming to Wellington.

The National TheatreFest Final will be held Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday 1:00pm with the Awards Ceremony at approximately 3:30pm on the Sunday and it is hoped to have everything concluded by 4:30pm. The venue will be the Hannah Playhouse in Courtenay Place.

On Saturday, the Conference will be held at the Whitireia Performance Centre in Vivian Street with morning workshops repeated in the afternoon. The TNZ Annual General Meeting and the Key Note address will also be held there on the Saturday. On Sunday morning, there will be an Open Forum in the Foyer of the Hannah Playhouse.

Closing date for entires - 1 July 2017

2017 TheatreFest Regional and Finals dates and venues

The dates and venues for the 2017 Regional TheatreFest are

Regional Festival Top of the South Christchurch ~ St Andrews College 18-19 August 2017
Regional Festival Lower North Island Pahiatua 18-19 August 2017
Regional Festival Lower South Island To Be Confirmed 25-26 August 2017
Regional Festival Upper North Island Hamilton ~ Riverlea Theatre 25-26 August 2017

The date and venue for the 2017 National TheatreFest Final and Theatre New Zealand Annual Conference is

TNZ Conference, Workshops and AGM Wellington - Whitireia Performance Centre 16 September 2017
National Final Wellington - Hannah Playhouse 16-17 September 2017
TNZ Open Forum Wellington - Hannah Playhouse 17 September 2017

Two venues will be used over Saturday and Sunday. This structure means just one night’s accommodation for teams, supporters and TNZ members coming to Wellington.

The National TheatreFest Final will be held Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday 1:00pm with the Awards Ceremony at approximately 3:30pm on the Sunday and it is hoped to have everything concluded by 4:30pm. The venue will be the Hannah Playhouse in Courtenay Place.

On Saturday, the Conference will be held at the Whitireia Performance Centre in Vivian Street with morning workshops repeated in the afternoon. The TNZ Annual General Meeting and the Key Note address will also be held there on the Saturday. On Sunday morning, there will be an Open Forum in the Foyer of the Hannah Playhouse.

2017 TheatreFest entries are now open

Entries are NOW OPEN for TheatreFest 2017!

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Click here to view the "General Information"
Click here to complete the "Entry Form"