2017 Playwrights

Young and Hungry Arts Trust is proud to be featuring works by three of New Zealand’s promising Playwrights in the 2017 Festival of New Theatre. The 2017 Playwrights are Abby Howells, Emily Duncan and Finnius Teppett.

ATTILA THE HUN By Abby Howells

A comedy set in a late night fast food restaurant, featuring terrible customers, disgusting food, Tom Cruise, a new duty manager. Oh, and also ATTILA THE HUN, he’s there too.

Abby Howells is an award winning comedian and writer. Her work includes Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die, which had successful seasons in Wellington, Dunedin and Auckland. In 2014 won the Highly Commended Award in Playmarket’s B425 Competition, completed an MA in Scriptwriting at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters and won the Brad McGann Award for Film Writing for the screenplay she produced that year.  Her play Crossbow Cat has been performed in Short and Sweet Festivals in Malaysia, the Philippines, Brisbane and Auckland.

Abby has also toured NZ and the UK performing with Trick of Light Theatre and their show Beards! Beards! Beards! She is currently completing a PhD at Otago University.



Life gets raw and real when an NZ TV star is made to pay the price for his reality show.

Emily Duncan is a Dunedin-based playwright. Her most recent plays are Hold Me (BATS theatre, September 2016) and Shaken (2016 Wellington Short + Sweet Festival). She completed her PhD in Theatre Studies at the University of Otago in December 2016 and her thesis includes a playscript, Waipiata, about a former tuberculosis sanatorium and borstal in the Maniototo, Otago.

In 2016 she formed Prospect Park Productions with producer H-J Kilkelly. Emily is the mentor/script advisor for the Fortune Theatre’s 2017 Studio 4 x 4 Emerging Playwrights Initiative.


ONE NIGHT ONLY By Finnius Teppett

The world’s most famous boy band, FourEver, is nearly ready to take the stage for their only New Zealand show, but there’s more standing in their way than they think.

Finnius Teppett is a writer from Wellington. He graduated from the IIML with an MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting), and was awarded the Michael Hirschfeld scholarship. His play My Dad’s Boy was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for the 2016 Adam NZ Play Award, and also won an international playwriting competition which saw it workshopped at the Against The Grain theatre festival in Buffalo, New York. My Dad’s Boy is set to open Fortune Theatre’s 2017 season.