Coming to a pub near you. 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.


We are looking for 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. Scripts should require no more than 3 actors using a minimal number of props.

 2. The author’s name must not appear in the script, as this is an anonymous competition.

 3. Scripts should be emailed to

 4. Limited to no more than 2 scripts per entrant.

 5. Plays should be between 5-10 minutes long.

For further information or to submit an entry please email

2020 Entries are open until Friday 17 January 2020. 


Previous Winners



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

  • Waiting to Go - Elspeth Tilley (2nd Place)

  • Inquisition by Richard Harris (Joint 3rd Place)

  • Haier by Melanie Grindell, NZ  (Joint 3rd Place)



  • 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 (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 (3rd Equal)

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


2013 Inaugural

  • Dinosaur - Mike Legge, Queenstown (1st Place)

  • HOWZAT - David Cantwell, Queenstown (2nd Place)

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