Published on 31st March 2016
As well as being a volunteer superstar for VSA with multiple assignments under his belt, Bougainville-based Richard Harris is also a bit of a star in screen-writing circles.
In 2013, Richard was the first New Zealander to win the Noosa Arts Theatre Playwriting Competition – the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and most prestigious award for screenwriters. This year, Richard's play "Dead Loss" has been selected from a pool of 66 submissions as one of three finalists for the same award.
All three finalists will have their plays performed at the Noosa Arts Festival in July, with the winner to be announced following the final performance on July 16.
Richard's interest in the theatre began in the late seventies when he and his wife Carole were working in Malawi, Central Africa. Carole does set design and costumes and their joint interest has followed them around the world to the UK, New Zealand and now Bougainville. In 2014 another play of Richard's was listed in the top ten finalists in the British Theatre Competition and was performed in London.
We wish Richard the very best of luck with the final round of competition.