Monday Meets – Who We’ve Met!

The new Monday Meets have been a chance for young theatre makers to meet industry professionals and test out new work through the scratch nights. 

Check out some of our past Meets and guest speakers below: 

  • Monday 15 October – MEET DEAN HEWISON– Writer and Director for film and theatre

Dean Hewison is a writer and director for film, theatre, TV and commercials. He has been making short films since he was 15, picking up a small collection of awards and trophies along the way for various music videos and 48HOURS films – including the National Champion, two Wellington winners and two Peter Jackson Wildcards.

Since 2003, Dean has written and directed several plays, beginning with Head of the House, winner of the NZ Young Playwrights Competition and Chapman Tripp Theatre Award nominee for Outstanding New Playwright. He has since written for the stage Brain Power, The Henchman (Young and Hungry 2007), FootBallistic, Hypnotastic, 2009 STAB commission Live at Six (which toured nationally), Conversations With My Penis and Jingles – The Musical! which won three NZ Fringe Awards.

In 2012 he directed and co-wrote the Make My Movie-winning feature film How to Meet Girls From a Distance.

He has had a fantastic and varied career worth hearing about!

  • Monday 1 October – SCRATCH NIGHT – working on a play in development by Kirsty Rawstron

Participants had a great time workshopping the play Girlfriendzoned! 

 Kirsti worked on this play during the recent Y&H Playwriting Workshop with Dave Armstrong and we were excited to be able to help her take it further with the Scratch Night. 

Several scenes from the play were developed during the night. Kirsti says that it is “about when a girl thinks she has a friend, but the guy thinks he has a new girlfriend. It’s awkward and painful and ruins friendships and happens too damn often.”

  • Monday 17 September – RICKY DEY – Actor / Director / Writer / Stage Combat 

Ricky Dey is an actor, writer and director from Wellington, NZ. He has twice been nominated for Best Actor at The Chapmann Tripp Theatre awards, winning in 2012 for All My Sons and in 2014 for Constellations. Ricky has appeared in Trick of the Light Theatre’s sellout show The Devils Half Acre (NZ International Arts Festival) as well as Midsummer; a play with songs, Ache and the NZ premiere of Nick Payne’s internationally acclaimed work Constellations. He is also a company member of SiteSpecific Theatre NZ which was responsible for the highly acclaimed devised works Hotel and Salon.

Onscreen Ricky has appeared in the local comedy smash hit Wellington Paranormal, the yet to be released major motion picture Mortal Engines and doco dramas Mistress Mercy, Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story and War News.

In 2017 Ricky completed his MA in Creative Scriptwriting at the prestigious International Institute of Modern Letters where his body of work received the coveted Brad McGann Film Writing award for Best Feature Script. As a theatre maker Ricky has also devised and written for the stage, most notably with Black Tuesday.

Ricky also works as a Senior tutor at Te Auaha (NZ Institute of Creativity).

  • Monday 3 September – Fluently Scriptless (intro into improv) with Clare Kerrison 

Participants had a great time in this introduction to the art of improvised scene work,  led by Clare Kerrison who took us through a bunch of fun games and exercises guiding us from freeze to flow, from gabbling to generous, and from scared scriptless to fluently spontaneous. 

Clare Kerrison is an arts administrator and improv tutor based in Wellington. She’s been a clown at a shopping mall in Germany, gained her theatre qualifications from NASDA (Christchurch), been Business Manager for BATS Theatre, conceived of and played the lead role in Wild Duck’s 2009 contemporary NZ production of Hedda Gabler, co-founded the Cambridge Improv Factory (UK), and taught for Basejump Improv (Wellington). You might have seen Clare at Y&H when she managed the 2017 Schools Tour or maybe you’ve seen her improvising: e.g. in the annual Fringe Festival improvised soap opera, at Late Night Knife Fight at BATS, in The Monthly at Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre or in her own shows: Meet Cute (with a guest) or Infernal Recall (solo).

  •  Monday 20 August – Meet THOMAS SAINSBURY

Tom Sainsbury inspired those in attendance with his ’75 life lessons’ and stories from his career as a playwright, actor on both stage and screen, director, screenwriter, comedian and




  • Monday 6 August – SCRATCH NIGHT – work on a play in development by ELLY LOVE

The Y&H community had fun working on two promising scripts, congrats to writers Elly and Kirsti. Actors, writers, directors and audience members were on hand to help read scenes, offer feedback and watch as exciting new works took shape. 

ELLY LOVE is a graduate of Victoria University, where she majored in theatre, and minored in film. Elly has participated in Young & Hungry’s Playwrights’ Initiative, and performed at the Fringe Festival (Mostly Fine’s debut of Mostly Fine with Afternoon Showers). Since then, Elly has jumped into the world of zine fests, painting, poetry and writing. She hopes to have something published within the next year. Ultimately, Elly has aspirations of being a stand-up comedian, although she is yet to impress her friends. Until her glorious comedy debut, Elly is loving the Wellington theatre scene, and is excited to become involved in future projects.

  • Monday 23 July – Meet ELEANOR BISHOP 

We had a great night with Eleanor Bishop, where she gave a good insight into her process and career development.

Eleanor Bishop is a writer and director creating feminist theatre, currently based between New Zealand and New York. She has been described as “one of New Zealand’s most daring, intelligent, and political directors” (The Theatre Times). Eleanor’s recent work includes George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession (Auckland Theatre Company 2018), Body Double (created with Julia Croft & Karin McCracken, STAB Commission 2017, BATS Theatre, Silo Theatre/Auckland Arts Festival 2018), Othello (Unitec School of Performing Arts 2017) and Jane Doe, a participatory piece about rape culture that has evolved over three years with participation from multiple colleges campuses in the United States.