70 years a theatregoer, 50 years a writer, and 40 years a playwright.
Roger Hall’s first stage play, Glide Time, was produced in 1976, and was a smash hit throughout the country. His next play, Middle Age Spread, was equally successful throughout New Zealand. The play also went to the West End, where it ran for 15 months and won Comedy of the Year Award. The play has since been seen in nine other countries. Roger has been writing a stage play every year since then, plus musicals and pantomimes. He has written more than 70 sitcom episodes for TV, from Gliding On to Spin Doctors, and had two series of the comedy Conjugal Rites made and screened in the UK. Recent plays have included Who Wants to be 100? (Anyone Who’s 99), Four Flat Whites in Italy, A Short Cut to Happiness, Book Ends, and You Can Always Hand Them Back. Roger has been awarded a QSO, a CNZM, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Victoria University, and a 2015 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement. He is currently involved in setting up New Zealand Theatre Month for September 2018.