19 Jul 2012
The Macmillan Brown Centre and Creative New Zealand are delighted to announce that Christchurch born playwright and scriptwriter, Victor Rodger, is the 2012 Pacific Artist in Residence. In 1998 Victor’s first play, “Sons”, won Chapman Tripp Awards for Best New Play and Best New Writer and in 2001 he won the Bruce Mason Playwright Award. His latest play, “At The Wake” premieres in Palmerston North at the end of July. He has previously been the recipient of the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Writers in residency at the University of Hawai’i (2006) and the Ursula Bethell Creative Writers Residency the University of Canterbury (2009). Since 2000 Victor has also been a script writer for “Shortland Street”.
Victor has chosen two projects to work on during his residency, both of which use the themes of class, racism and identity,.
“Aftershocks” explores the personal aftershocks of four very different family units- two east-side and two west-side - after the devastating February earthquake.
“Can All Read and Write” is inspired by an award ceremony in Christchurch in 2010 where a (white) presenter assured the audience that a group of award winning (and mainly Pasifica) students could “all read and write.”
Victor will be at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury in August and September and will return in November to complete his residency and to host writing workshops.