2016 Playwrights

Each year Young and Hungry has two sets of playwrights at different stages of the development process. We currently have five playwrights working on the first full drafts of their plays and from these we will select three to continue with the process. Keep an eye on this page for news of their plays and the development process as they develop.

Young and Hungry Arts Trust is proud to be featuring works by three of New Zealand’s promising Playwrights in the 2016 Festival of New Theatre. The 2016 Playwrights are Lucy Craig, Nathan Joe and Owen Baxendale.


Lucy photoLucy Craig  – Bloody Hell Jesus (Get Your Own Friends)
Friendship, Jesus and Heavy Metal.

Lucy Craig is a Wellington-based writer.  She graduated from Victoria University with a BA in Theatre and Film. She has worked in film and TV production, and wrote and directed two short films which screened in the Wellington Fringe Film Festival. In 2014 Lucy joined an Emerging Artists Trust writers group and completed the Writing for Theatre course at the International Institute of Modern Letters with Gavin McGibbon.  Bloody Hell Jesus, Get Your Own Friends is her first commissioned play.


Nathan Joe – Like Sex
Seven teenagers. Seven scenes. And a whole lot of sex. 

Nathan Joe is an Auckland-based playwright. Nathan and his new play Like Sex have just won Playmarket’s Playwrights b4 25 competition. In 2015, he was co-winner of the same award for Hippolytus Veiled and shortlisted for the ADAM Award for Who is Sada Abe? Bullfight of Love. He has also had two short plays produced as part of The Legacy Project.

When he’s not writing plays he can be found writing about plays over at The Lumiere Reader and Theatrescenes.

Owen photoOwen Baxendale – Dead Days
Life. Death. Palmy.

Owen completed a BA (Hons) in Theatre at Victoria University in 2012 and went on to do a lot of work in bars. In the past he has collaborated with companies My Accomplice and Binge Culture, who he thinks are alright. Owen acted in the 2014 Festival of New Theatre in Our Parents’ Children by Alex Lodge. Dead Days is his first performed work.