Hall of Fame (and Fortune)

By Beverly Martens | Posted: Tuesday May 2, 2017

New Zealand’s most successful and well-known playwright Roger Hall has been back in Dunedin these past few days to celebrate his 40-year relationship with the Fortune Theatre not the least of which was the opening of his latest play ‘Last Legs’ currently on at the Fortune.

Roger was also generous enough to run a two-hour playwriting ‘master class’ on Saturday morning (April 30th) eagerly attended by 16 emerging local playwrights – ranging in age from high school students to mature adults – at which he shared numerous stagecraft tips on dialogue, characters, structure, exposition etc, illuminated by lively visual and written examples.

Many of those at the workshop also enjoyed Sunday morning’s public reading (with several of the original cast from its first production 40 years ago) of ‘Glide Time’ Roger’s first sell-out play which later became one of New Zealand’s first sitcoms, running for six years on TV One.

‘Glide Time’ was the first in a series of readings of four of Roger Hall’s most-loved plays being put on by the Fortune during May for the bargain price of just $5 including coffee/tea! Visit www.fortunetheatre.co.nz for details.

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