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Howick Little Theatre and Creative Communities NZ/Auckland Council

are proud to bring you

Seeing the Ghost
- a two-day playwriting workshop

Murray Edmond

  • Auckland University’s Associate Professor in Drama
    from 2006 until 2014.
Howick Little Theatre, Lloyd Elsmore Park, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive,

off the Pakuranga Highway

Saturday and Sunday,
September 1 and 2, 10am to 4.00pm.

$50. (Limited to 10 people from teenage upwards.)

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity.

Return the enrolment form with your payment NOW!


Practical, Progressive and Personal:

Playwriting is done by playwrights. A ‘wright’ implies a doer or a maker, not simply someone sitting at a desk with a pen in hand, so this workshop will be practical. It will be based in the work of the participants. The workshop will also be progressive – Session 1 will lead into Session 2 and so on, with participants ‘progressing’ their writing over the two days. The workshop will also be personal in that each participant will begin from the point of their own living knowledge and experience.

Action, Activity and Analysis:

The presumption is that everyone has something to write. The workshop will help you to realize how to do this. This will involve identifying and understanding the elements that go into making a drama: how to make
happen! To do this, we shall work from the participants’ writing and also seek help from an old hand – participants are asked to familiarise themselves with Shakespeare’s
and to bring a copy to the workshop.  

For Whom?

The workshop will focus on stage drama, but many elements and principles apply equally to dramatic writing for radio or film. However the work will also be useful for actors, directors and designers. The script is the common object everyone gathers round. Playwrights have to ‘see’ their world to bring it to life – actors have to do the same. And directors and designers have to ‘see’ what the playwright and actors are ‘seeing.’ And finally the audience has to ‘see’ what, essentially, is not there. We have to ‘see the ghost’ even though we know there is no ghost. The journey to this moment begins with the playwright.

What You Need:

Please bring pens and pencils – different colours and inks and leads and thicknesses can be a boon – and writing and drawing paper, enough to be liberal and free with your use. You can also bring your writing machines and work from those as you wish. Whatever you are comfortable with to use to set down those moments when the ghosts pass through your mind and you watch them and listen to their meetings.


Worked as an actor and writer for The Living Theatre Troupe (1970-1972), Beggar’s Bag Theatre (1972-1973); The Half Moon Theatre, London (1975-1976) as a teacher, director and writer; as an actor and creator for Theatre Action (1976-1977); founded and directed Town and Country Players (1980-1983), working as a writer and actor; and as a director and writer for the Mercury Theatre (1984-85). In 1985 he began teaching with Mervyn Thompson at the University of Auckland and after Mervyn’s retirement in 1990, ran the Drama Programmes, appointed as Associate Professor in Drama in 2006 and retiring from that teaching position at the end of 2014. One of the courses he taught regularly was a post-grad course in playwriting.

From 1997 until the present, he has been the dramaturge for all of Indian Ink’s plays, from
Krishnan’s Dairy
Mrs Krishnan’s Party
(2017). He has also worked as a Dramaturge with David Geary, Justine and Paul Simei-Barton, Witi Ihimaera, and Albert Wendt, among others. He was written for children’s and educational theatre and for youth theatre. In 2012 he directed
Len Lye: The Opera.
As a writer, Murray has published 14 volumes of poetry, a recent book of fiction and a volume of critical writing as well as being a regular contributor to critical and creative journals and magazines.
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Earlybird tickets for Saturday 11th August -
only $20 if booked before the 1st August!


Saturday 11th 8pm

Sunday 12th 2pm matinee

Tuesday 14th - Saturday 18th 8pm

Sunday 19th 2pm matinee

Wednesday 22nd - Saturday 25th 8pm

Dolphin Theatre
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Annie Whittaker
10 –25 August
Ludwig transforms Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into an hilarious comedy. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. Five actors deftly portray more than forty characters as Holmes and Watson brave the desolate moors to save the newest heir. Can our heroes discover the truth in time? See how far from elementary the truth can be.

Ellerslie Theatrical Society
Beautiful Thing
written by Jonathan Harvey
directed by Bruce Brown
23 August to 1 September 2018 at 8pm
Matinees Sunday 26 August and Saturday 1 September at 2pm
No evening performance Sunday 26 August
No performance Monday 27 August
A glorious urban love story set on a London housing estate telling the story of teenager Jamie’s relationship with classmate and neighbour, Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth, and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next-door neighbour, Leah, along with Jamie's mum, Sandra (the local barmaid) and her neo-hippy boyfriend, Tony. Jonathan Harvey (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme; Coronation Street) combines comedy with drama in his critically acclaimed award-winning play. Beautiful Thing truly captures what it is to be a teenager and to fall in love.

Mairangi Players
written and directed by Mary-Jean Milburn

SEASON: 28 Sept - 6 Oct
Home Fires recounts the stories of various women left at home in New Zealand during World War Two. Struggling with questions of loyalty, independence and desire, these characters reflect the tensions present within both a nation at war and a society moving towards greater equality.

Titirangi Theatre
An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde.
directed by Liz Watkinson
28 August - 8 September

The play deals with corruption and attempted blackmail in 18th century English politics.
Sir Robert Chiltern, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and a rising star in the political firmament has a dark secret. In his youth he leaked the details of a political document in order to obtain a large sum of money that has been the foundation of his political success.
His wife, Lady Chiltern, cannot begin to conceive that her ideal husband could ever be guilty of such a crime and as far as Sir Robert is concerned she never will know and nor will anyone else. But glamourous, unscrupulous Mrs. Cheveley has other ideas.
​She has come to London with the express purpose of forcing him to repeat the crime so that this time she can reap the benefits of it.
Set in the glittering high society of the time and with a large cast of gloriously eccentric characters, Oscar Wilde extracts every ounce of comedy from this serious subject in his famous, witty epigrammatic style.
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