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Y&H Playwrights is a script development process, involving dramaturgy by established script writers, workshopping of scripts by Y&H actors and commissioning for production. 

Y&H Playwrights has paused for two years as we’ve reviewed the programme, but a new version will be announced later in the year for 2019. 

Keep an eye out for an announcement here later in the year!

2017 Playwrights 

The 2017 Festival featured works by three of New Zealand’s promising Playwrights – 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.


2016 Playwrights 

The 2016 Playwrights are Lucy Craig, Nathan Joe and Owen Baxendale. 


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.

LIKE SEX By Nathan Joe

Seven teenagers. Seven scenes. And a whole lot of sex. 

Nathan Joe is an Auckland-based playwright. Nathan and his new play Like Sexhave 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.

DEAD DAYS By Owen Baxendale

Life. Death. Palmy.

Owen Baxendale 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.