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Screen star in Bougainville

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. 



Carole Lorraine Richard May 2015 web

Richard Harris in Bougainville with his wife Carole (left) and Sister Lorraine from the Sisters of Nazareth


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.

1 Comment

  • Lindsay Riddick on 2nd April

    When Norah and I were in Arawa in 2011 our son and daughter joined us for three weeks around Christmas. There was the usual end of year youth camp at Tunuru Mission. Norah was asked to assist as her assignment with Callan Services was in holiday mode and Eleanor got involved also. It was decided the group would perform a Nativity play for Christmas Eve Mass. With no resources some fantastic costumes were made. Angel Gabriel's wings were big enough to have launched the 20 year old actor in flight. While the performance was stilted and lacked continuity it was a fantastic success well appreciated by all. Most had never experienced any form of live drama and were enthralled. Blonde 20 year old Kiwi Eleanor acted as stage crew - she stood out very brightly in the poorly lit church whereas a Bougainvillian would have more easily merged into the darkened stage area.

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