Arthur Meek Awarded Bruce Mason Award
The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented by PLAYMARKET to Arthur Meek at Downstage Theatre in Wellington on 23 November 2011.
The award exists to recognise early success in the career of the winning playwright; to encourage their continued exploration of the theatre medium and grants a $10,000 cash prize.
This award recognises Meek’s dedication as a playwright and the quality of his work.
The award winning actor and playwright launched his playwriting career in 2006 with The Cottage set in the toilet stalls of a scandalous local gay club.
On the conditions and possibilities of Helen Clark taking me as her young lover took the country by storm last election year (2008) and was affectionately described as "slightly disturbing, but highly entertaining...sharp political satire”.
He performed the piece to packed houses, garnering best production of the year nominations and picking up awards throughout the country.
That same year his Young & Hungry commissioned work Yolk premiered at BATS Theatre and he was commissioned by the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution to write Charles Darwin: Collapsing Creation as part of worldwide celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Darwin's masterpiece: On the Origin of Species.
After some time away from playwriting, working as an actor in shows such as The Almighty Johnsons; Nothing Trivial and Underbelly, he this year burst back onto the theatre scene with Sheep, written for Long Cloud Youth Theatre’s summer season and the critically acclaimed On The Upside-Down of the World commissioned, produced and toured by Auckland Theatre Company and based on the 1884 memoirs of Lady Anne Martin - Our Maoris.
Meek is currently shooting a guest-starring role in the fourth season of TVNZ’s Go Girls.
The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award has, since 1983, recognised the work of an outstanding emerging New Zealand playwright.
Previous winners include many of this country’s most celebrated writers including Toa Fraser, Hone Kouka, Briar Grace-Smith and Jo Randerson, and was last year awarded to Eli Kent.
The recipient is decided through voting by a panel of leading Artistic Directors and Script Advisors throughout New Zealand.
The Award is named after the man considered to be New Zealand’s first most significant playwright, Bruce Mason, who died in 1982. His plays are still produced widely today and many, such as The Pohutakawa Tree and End of the Golden Weather (produced by Auckland Theatre Company this year), have come to be considered New Zealand classics.
The Bruce Mason Estate, Downstage Theatre Society and the FAME Trust sponsor the award.
1983 Fiona Farrell
1984 Simon O'Connor
1985 Stephanie Johnston
1986 Rosie Scott
1987 Sarah Delahunty
1988 Stuart Hoar
1989 James Beaumont
1990 John Broughton
1991 David Geary
1992 Hone Kouka
1993 Vivienne Plumb
1994 Duncan Sarkies
1995 Briar Grace Smith
1996 John Vakidis
1997 Jo Randerson
1998 Oscar Kightley
1999 Toa Fraser
2000 Stuart McKenzie
2001 Victor Rodger
2002 Mitch Tawhi Thomas
2003 no award
2004 no award
2005 no award
2006 Albert Belz
2007 Michael Galvin
2008 Paul Rothwell
2009 Pip Hall
2010 Eli Kent
2011 Arthur Meek
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