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|Artist||photo by Szilas in Dunedin|
|Desc||Plaque dedicated to Roger Hall in Dunedin, on the Writers' Walk on the Octagon|
New Zealand playwright
Roger Hall is ...
|Born||17 January 1939 in Woodford|
|Age||84 years, 5 months|
|Sex or gender||male|
|Country of citizenship||New Zealand|
|Occupation||playwright, television writer and actor|
|Awards||Laurence Olivier Award, Companion of the Queen's Service Order, honorary degree, Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement (Fiction)|
|Educated at||University College School|
|Field of work||drama, television and radio communications|
About Roger Hall
Roger Hall is a New Zealand playwright who has been entertaining audiences for over five decades. Born on January 17, 1939, in Essex, England, Hall moved to New Zealand with his family when he was just six years old. He attended the University of Auckland, where he earned a degree in English and Drama.
Hall's career as a playwright began in the 1970s, with his first play, "Glide Time," which was a satirical look at office life. The play was a hit and was followed by a string of successful productions, including "Middle Age Spread," "The Bach," and "Four Flat Whites in Italy."
Throughout his career, Hall has been known for his ability to capture the essence of New Zealand life and culture in his plays. His works often explore themes of family, relationships, and the challenges of modern life. He has been praised for his sharp wit and his ability to make audiences laugh while also touching on deeper issues.
In addition to his work as a playwright, Hall has also been involved in television and film. He wrote and produced the popular New Zealand television series "Gliding On" in the 1980s, and he has written several screenplays, including "Middle Age Spread" and "The End of the Golden Weather."
Hall's contributions to New Zealand's cultural landscape have been recognized with numerous awards and honors. He was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2003, and he was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in 2008.
Despite his many accolades, Hall remains humble about his success. In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, he said, "I'm just a bloke who writes plays. I'm not trying to change the world or anything."
- "Roger Hall: A Life in Theatre," by Roger Hall and Peter Harcourt (2013)
- "Roger Hall," New Zealand Book Council
- "Roger Hall: The Bard of Middle New Zealand," New Zealand Herald (2019)
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