April 09, 2018
Maori theatre plays share honours
Prolific playwright Albert Belz had to share the honour for best Maori theatre play at this year’s NZ Adam Play Award with newcomer and fellow Manukau Institute of Technology faculty member Jason Te Mete.
Te Mete, who is better known as an actor, singer and vocal coach, addresses the treatment of depression within a Maori community with his play with songs Little Black Bitch.
Belz’s Cradle Song is a return to the horror genre as two young women on their big OE in Ireland encounter a supernatural force.
The supreme winner this year was Shane Bosher for his play Everything After, about the AIDs epidemic and its aftermath.
The Adam NZ Play Award recognises the best in new unproduced writing for the theatre.
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