Play of the Month: Deadlines by Adam Goodall

photo: Stephen A’Court. Young & Hungry 2012 play Deadlines. Left to right. Jack Hallahan, Catriona Tipene, Mitchell Bernard and Gabby Anderson.

Deadlines was part of the 2012 Festival of New Theatre. It premiered at Bats Theatre on the 6th of July and was directed by Leo Gene Peters. It was met with positive reviews including this one from Ewen Coleman from The Dominion Post who wrote: “… In one of the most original concepts seen on stage in a while, eleven students pace around the stage throwing up lines of truncated dialogue, the whole scene becoming a three dimensional verbal posting on a wall of Facebook. Mixed in with this is a murder story being investigated by a new student who wants the school newspaper to publish his findings.  A very clever script excellently played out by the eleven young actors to make this a most fitting ending to a very successful Young and Hungry season.


Nothing out-of-the-ordinary ever happens at Wellington’s prestigious Arrowhead High School, and that’s just the way Tracey Aldridge, the ambitious head photographer for Arrowhead’s student newspaper, doesn’t like it. But when arrogant new student Daniel Ward barrels into Tracey’s life with wild claims of murders and cover-ups within Arrowhead’s student body, Tracey is thrust into an investigation where the money shot could come at a steep price…

Cast between 11 – 19 | Female: max 9 | Male: max 10

About the playwright:

Adam Goodall is a freelance writer and playwright with a background in justice sector analysis and legal research. He is the former Wellington Theatre Editor for The Pantograph Punch and is bad at video games in his spare time.

Adam begun his involvement in theatre at Palmerston North Boys’ High School, and, later, as part of the Centrepoint Theatre Basement Company. He has been involved in the Young & Hungry Festival of New Theatre in various capacities from 2008 – 2012.

Does this play sound like something you’d like to see on stage again? Check it out at Playmarket!

Check out photos of the first production here: 


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2012 Deadlines