Local Playwright

Nelson Repertory Theatre is fortunate and proud to work with Justin Eade.

Justin Eade is a playwright and screenwriter from Nelson who also writes short stories, radio plays and children’s stories. He has been writing full-time since leaving Sky TV in Auckland in 2008.

Many of Justin’s radio plays and short stories have been broadcast on Radio New Zealand’s National programme over the years. In 1997 he came second in The Sunday Star Times Short Story competition with a story ‘Metropolis’, and in 2002 he won the competition with a story ‘Apples’ which was later published in “The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories” in 2009.

In 2016 a volume of Justin’s short stories entitled ‘Northern Rock Light’ was published by Rangitawa Publishing, and that same year Justin also self-published a children’s book ‘Professor Vunderverk’s Space Adventure’.

Justin has written six full-length stage plays and two short stage plays. Three of his plays, ‘Home Invasion’, ‘Tough’s Haulage’, and ‘Central Otago Man’, have been shortlisted in the Playmarket Adam New Play competition.

In 2010 the play ‘Home Invasion’ won the Auckland Playwright’s Collective Full Play Competition and was awarded a workshop and staged reading at the Herald Theatre in Auckland, and in 2011 the play ‘Tough’s Haulage’ was awarded a workshop and staged reading at the Auckland Town Hall. ‘Central Otago Man’ was staged at the inaugural Nelson Fringe Festival in 2015, and following three more sellout shows at the Nelson Musical Theatre, was also staged at Howick Little Theatre in Auckland in 2016, and the Firestation Theatre Mosgiel in 2017.

In 2016 Justin staged the short play ‘Maungatapu’ for Nelson City Council’s Heritage Week and for Heritage Week 2017, another short play called ‘An Avro to Naumai.’

Justin has written 20 feature length film scripts and has had several optioned over the years, both in New Zealand and the US. In 2011 he was flown to Los Angeles by the organisers of the Movieguide Awards and awarded the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Kairos Prize Screenplay Competition for his script ‘Blue Water Metal’, which was read around top Hollywood Executives. In 2016 it was optioned by an LA-based producing partnership and will hopefully be turned into a movie. He is currently working on several other feature film projects.

In recent years Justin has written and produced the short films ‘Express Takeout’ and ‘Belvedere Excelsior’ with the Top of the South Filmmakers group and is currently developing another short film, ‘Opal Valley’.

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