New Zealand & Pasifika Theatre History:

Peter Downes. Shadows on the Stage: Theatre in New Zealand - the first 70 years . Dunedin, John McIndoe. 1975
Peter Downes. Top of the Bill: Entertainers Through the Years.Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed Ltd. 1979. 98 pp.
Peter Harcourt. A Dramatic Appearance: New Zealand Theatre 1920 - 1970. Wellington, Methuen. 1978.
Peter Harcourt. Fantasy and Folly : The Lost World of New Zealand Musicals 1880-1940. Wellington, Steele Roberts. 2002.
Howard McNaughton (Compiler). New Zealand Theatre Annals: Christchurch, 1900 - 1919. Wellington, Playmarket. 1983. 96 pp.
John Thomson. New Zealand Drama 1930 - 1980: an illustrated history. Auckland, Oxford University Press. 1984
John Thomson (Compiler). The New Zealand Stage 1891 - 1900. Wellington. Victoria University Press. 1993.

New Zealand Drama:

Laurie Atkinson with David O'Donnell (eds). Playmarket 40: 40 Years of Playwriting in New Zealand. Wellington: Playmarket. 2013.
Michelanne Forster and Vivienne Plumb. Twenty New Zealand Playwrights. Wellington: Playmarket. 2013.
Marc Maufort & David O'Donnell (eds.) Performing Aotearoa: New Zealand Theatre and Drama in an Age of Transition. Brussels, Peter Lang. 2007. 463 pp.
Howard McNaughton. New Zealand Drama. Boston, G.K. Hall, 1981.
David Dowling. Introducing Bruce Mason. Auckland, Longman Paul. 1982. 50 pp.
Howard McNaughton. New Zealand Writers and Their Work: Bruce Mason. Wellington, Oxford University Press. 1976. 53 pp.
Bruce Mason. Every Kind of Weather. Auckland, Reed Methuen. 1986. Edited by David Dowling. (Selected writings on the arts, theatre, literature and current events in New Zealand, 1953 - 1981.)
Bruce Mason and John Pocock. Theatre in Danger - A Correspondence. Hamilton & Auckland. Paul's Book Arcade Limited. 1957.
Paul Maunder. Rebellious Mirrors. Community-Based Theatre in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press. 2013.
John Smythe. The Plays of Bruce Mason: A Survey. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2015.

Books about Playwriting

Roger Hall. Best Playwriting Book Ever. Wellington: Playmarket, 2016 [3rd edition: earlier version of text first published in 1998]

NZ Dramaturgy

Fiona Graham. Performing Dramaturgy Wellington: Playmarket, 2017.


Janinka Greenwood. History of Bicultural Theatre: Mapping the terrain. Christchurch. Research Monograph Series Number One. 2002.

Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa

Christopher B. Balme. Pacific Performances: theatricality and Cross-Cultural Encounter in the South Seas. Hampshire: Palsgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Diana Looser. Remaking Pacific Pasts: History, Memory and Identity in Contemporary Theater From Oceania. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2014.
Sean Mallon & Pandora Fulimalo Pereira (eds.) Pacific Art Niu Sila: the Pacific dimension of contemporary New Zealand arts. Wellington. Te Papa Press. 2002. [Includes Anton Carter's "Taking Centre Stage: Pacific theatre in New Zealand". 147 - 160.]
Lisa Warrington and David O'Donnell. Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2017.


[Includes books with significant chapters or sections on New Zealand-related theatre.]

Christopher B. Balme. Decolonizing the Stage: Theatrical Syncretism and Post-Colonial Drama. Oxford University Press. 1999.
Christopher B.Balme. Pacific performances: theatricality and cross-cultural encounter in the South Seas. Basingstoke and New York. Palgrave Macmillan. 2007.
Murray Edmond. Then It Was Now Again: Selected Critical Writing . Atuanui Press. 2014.
Helen Gilbert and Joanne Tompkins. Post-Colonial Drama: Theory, Practice, Politics. London and New York. Routledge. 1996.
Marc Maufort. Transgressive Itineraries: Postcolonial Hybridizations of Dramatic Realism. Brussels. PIE Peter Lang. 2006.


Rosalie Carey. A Theatre in the House: The Careys' Globe. Dunedin, University of Otago Press. 1999. 168 pp.
Joanne Drayton. Ngaio Marsh: Her Life In Crime. Harper Collins. 2008. 320pp.
Sarah Gaitanos. Nola Millar: A Theatrical Life. Wellington, Victoria University Press. 2006. 408 pp.
Roger Hall. Bums on Seats: the backstage story. Auckland, N.Z. Viking, 1998. 292 pp.
Margaret Lewis. Ngaio Marsh: A Life. Wellington, Bridget Williams Books. 1991. 276 pp.
Ngaio Marsh. Black Beech and Honeydew. Collins. 1981. 310 pp.
Ian Mune. Mune: An Autobiography . Craig Potton Publishing, NZ. 2010. 328pp.
Mervyn Thompson. All My Lives. Christchurch, Sydney & London, Whitcoulls Publishers. 1980. 185 pp.
Mervyn Thompson. Singing the Blues . Christchurch, Blacktown Press. 1991. 72 pp.
George Webby. Just who does he think he is?. Wellington, Steel Roberts. 2006. 311 pp.

Theatre Companies & Training Institutions

Ken Duncum & Rebecca Rodden. BATS Plays Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2016.
Bill Guest. Transitions. Four Decades of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. Wellington: Victoria University Press. 2010. 412 pp.
Peter Hawes. Forty years of Centrepoint Theatre: The History According to Hawes 2014. Can be downloaded at:
David Lawrence. Wellington Summer Shakespeare 1983 - 2017 Wellington: Victoria University Press & the Summer Shakespeare Trust, 2017
Hazel Menehira Three Dramatic Decades 1970 - 2000: Wanganui's Four Seasons Professional Theatre.Wanganui: Friends of Four Seasons. 2009. 108 pp.
MIchelle Powles. Touch Compass: Celebrating Integrated Dance. Auckland: David Ling Publishing Limited. 2007. 135 pp.
Felicity Price & Derek Hargreaves. The History of the Court Theatre: Celebrating 50 Years 1971 - 2021. Caxton, Christchurch. 2021. 144 pp.
John Reid & Ruth Jeffrey (eds.). Circa 1976 - 1996. Wellington, GP Print. 1996. 122 pp.
CIRCA 1996 - 2016 And a Celebration of Forty Years. Wellington. Whitireia Publishing. 2016. 313 pp.
John Smythe. Downstage Upfront: The First 40 Years of New Zealand's Longest-Running Professional Theatre. Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press, 2005. Pp. 512. (A title now held by the Court Theatre in Christchurch, btw)
NIcholas Tarling. Wit, Eloquence and Commerce: A History of Auckland's Mercury Theatre. Auckland. Connacht Books. 2007.


Howard McNaughton et al. The Theatre Royal Christchurch - An Illustrated History 1908 - 2008. Christchurch NZ, Clerestory Press. 2008.

Playscripts published in journals
(An asterisk following the entry indicates that the play has also been published in book form.)

James K. Baxter. Jack Winter's Dream. in Landfall. Volume 10, Number 3. September 1956. 180 - 193. *
James K. Baxter. The Band Rotunda, in Landfall. Volume 22, Number 1. March 1968. 27 -55. *
James K. Baxter. "Three Mimes". Landfall. Volume 29, Number 4. December 1975. 328 - 333. *
Peter Bland. Father's Day. in Landfall Volume 21, Number 3. September 1967. 258 - 292
Peter Bland. Shsh! He's becoming a Republic: A Play For Radio. Landfall. Volume 24, Number 3. September 1970. 261 - 279.
Alistair Campbell. The Suicide: A Radio Play. Landfall Volume 28, Number 4. December 1974. 307 - 325.
Allen Curnow. Resident of Nowhere. in Landfall. Volume 23, Number 2. June 1969. 148 - 176. *
Gary Langford. "I Love You Sylvia Plath". Landfall. Volume 29, Number 4. December 1975. 304 - 308. (Excerpt)
Christopher McVeigh. "Sunday News". Landfall. Volume 29, Number 4. December 1975. 349 - 351. (Representative revue sketch)
Max Richards. Cripple Play. Landfall. Volume 29, Number 4. December 1975. 282 - 294.
Hone Tuwhare. In the Wilderness Without a Hat. ADS Number 18, April 1991. 95 - 143. *

Essays and Other

Murray Edmond. Then It Was Now Again: Selected Critical Writing. Pokeno: Atuanui Press, 2014.

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