Stuart Hoar has been writing plays for many years now. He was Playwright in Residence at the Mercury Theatre (1988/89) and was awarded the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award in 1988. In 1990 he was Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland and, in 1993, he was the Robert Burns Fellow at the University of Otago. In 1998, his novel The Hard Light was published by Penguin NZ. In 2000, he was Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury and Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellow for 2007. His radio play The Big Melt was Radio New Zealand’s World Play for 2010. His play Bright Star was produced in London in 2010 and has just finished a season in Auckland. The musical The Great Art War, written with composer Philip Norman, was premiered by The Court Theatre in 2013 and his stage play Pasefika won the Adam New Zealand Play Award 2010 and was produced by Circa Theatre in 2014.