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'Pint-Sized Plays' are live short-format theatre performed in pubs or small venues featuring a small cast, and using minimal set, props and tech support. Plays are selected for performance by a judging panel.​ The live audiences then vote for their preferred script, with the winner being announced on the final night.


2023 Competition Entries Close Sunday 11 December 2022.
How much drama can a pub handle?

Pint–Sized Plays is your opportunity to show just how imaginative and original you can be. If it can be performed in a pub, with 1– 3 actors using a minimum number of props, you could be the 'New Zealand Pint- Sized Play’ champion. If it is funny - If it is sad - If it is original – it could be a winner.


Each year in November, we seek original scripts that demonstrate that your local can be a fine place to soak up a bit of culture as well as beer. Plays that are capable of being performed in a pub, lasting up to 10 minutes. The most interesting, funny, surprising, dramatic or outrageous plays are being sought to entertain and delight Queenstown audiences.

When writing, you will need to bear in mind that your play will be performed in a pub, using the tables and chairs, props and space readily available in a bar, or easily carried on by the performers.

All entries will be judged on their originality and entertainment value by a panel and shortlisted to a maximum of ten. These ten plays will be performed in front of a live audience, who will then decide the supreme winner. The winner will receive the highly coveted and esteemed pint pot.

Begun in Tenby, Wales in 2008, Pint-sized plays has quickly become established as a premier international competition for short plays. Now Remarkable Theatre, Queenstown has launched Pint-Sized Plays NZ To encourage new writing and introduce a new audience to the entertainment of live theatre. This is our fourth year of Pint-Sized Plays, and each year we go from strength to strength. Performances have been in Wanaka, Arrowtown and Queenstown.

 1. There is no limit to number of plays per playwright. Original plays are preferred but not compulsory.

2. The play should require no more than 3 actors using a minimal number of props on a stage 2m x 3m.

 3. The play should ideally be around 10 minutes long. Plays longer than 15 minutes are not recommended.

 4. Judges will have no knowledge of the name or location of each play's playwright - keep this off your script.

 5. To enter please complete this form and then email your script/s to


For further information email

2023 Competition Entries Close Sunday 11 December 2022. 




The finalist scripts will be brought to life from Thu 4 May - Sun 7 May 2023.

Grab yourself some mates, a pint and enjoy the show! Doors open at 7.00pm, show starts at 7.30pm and includes two intermissions - one half way and another one after the last play at around 10pm while audience votes are counted.

Tickets are usually $23 online + $28 door sales (cash+eftpos). Sign up to our newsletter for more updates.


2022: View the Bannockburn Hall video playlist

  • Out of Time - Phena Byrne, Queenstown, NZ - 1st Place

  • Namaste - Lindsey Brown, Auckland, NZ - 2nd Place

  • Parent Teacher Interviews - Lindsey Brown, Auckland, NZ - 3rd Place

2021: View the Sherwood video playlist or Yonder video playlist

  • Unreasonable Situations - Lindsey Brown, Auckland, NZ - 1st Place

  • Mrs Jansen Isn’t Here Now - Steven Korbar, US - 2nd Place

  • Baptism by Fire - Tamsin Pinder, UK - Equal 3rd

  • From Scratch - Richard Layton, UK - Equal 3rd


Delayed due to Covid


  • Fabio the Great - Elspeth Tilley, Wellington NZ - 1st Place

  • The Group - Phena Byrne, Queenstown, NZ - 2nd Place

  • A Beer with Dad - Myles Lind, Auckland, NZ - 3rd Place

Not held for reasons unknown



  • Conceited Council Consents - Myles Lind, Queenstown, NZ -  1st Place

  • Waiting to Go - Elspeth Tilley - 2nd Place

  • Inquisition by Richard Harris - Equal 3rd

  • Haier by Melanie Grindell, NZ - Equal 3rd



  • Storm in a Champagne Flute - Trevor Suthers, UK -  1st Place

  • On Cue - Phena Byrne, Queenstown - 2nd Place

  • The Police Interview - Tim Hambleton, Dunedin, NZ- 3rd Place



  • The Epiphany - David MacGregor, Michigan -  1st Place

  • Speed your Love - Jo Blick, Wellington - 2nd Place

  • The Turnaround - David Vazdauskas, Maine, USA - 3rd Place



  • Fagbutt in the Fishbowl  - Derek Webb, Wales -  1st Place

  • Towards the Perpetuation of the Human Species  - David MacGregor, USA - 2nd Place

  • Doing it Birdy Style - Stuart Crafton, USA - Equal 3rd

  • The Flat Pack Toaster  - Barbara Glass, Queenstown, NZ - Equal 3rd


2013 - Inaugural event

  • Dinosaur - Mike Legge, Queenstown - 1st Place

  • HOWZAT - David Cantwell, Queenstown - 2nd Place

  • The Visionaries - Barbara Glass, Queenstown - 3rd Place