Loser

Cast (minimum) 3 m 3 w doubling; total of 37 characters
ISBN 978 1877319 099
Teachers' discount $17
RRP $22.50

Loser
Thomas Sainsbury

Loser is a winner! A high school reunion provides fertile territory for an inspired piece of high-spirited mayhem. Six ex-classmates turn up for their 10 year celebration providing material for an hilarious pitch black/zit pink comedy, emotionally charged, over-the-top, and embarrassingly close to the bone. It’s a wild mix of searing exposes of the ruthless cruelties and absurdities of school life, of all its painful and side-splittingly funny realities.

"Their energy flies around the theatre and the play clips along at an almost breathtaking speed ... Loser is winner."The Listener

"Thomas Sainsbury is a remarkable talent … clearly blessed - or cursed? - with a compulsion to make plays ... At 25 his score of plays written and produced is into double figures … I can see him fast becoming a classic playwright of his generation ..."Theatreview

"Sainsbury has a gift for the comedic macabre. The writing is clever and funny ... His exuberant enjoyment of the poignant humiliation arising from human weakness ... delighted the audience."Frances Edmond

"To say Thomas Sainsbury is an exciting new talent in New Zealand theatre is an understatement. He's the most challenging, down-to-earth, funny and refreshingly unsettling playwright/director I've come across in years. He's also a powerhouse of productivity …"Sian Robertson

"Theatre is not about being safe - it is about expression, and artistic endeavours sometimes need to be intrepid."Thomas Sainsbury

Born in Matamata, Thomas moved to North to study English Literature and Theatre at Auckland University. Since completing his BA he has been involved as a writer, director and performer for both university productions and the underground theatre scene in Auckland. After graduating he formed the theatre company Fingerprints and Teeth Productions. With this company he has written and produced his plays Main Street, Basement, Caustic, The Mall, ... and then you die, Loser, The Feminine, Luv, Beast, and Gas.

In 2007 Thomas directed the University of Auckland Outdoor Summer Shakespeare, won Playmarket's Young Playwright competition for the fourth time, and has represented New Zealand at the Biennial World Interplay festival in Townsville, Australia.

Recent productions in NZ include Loser (also published by The Play Press), Luv, Beast, The Mall , Caustic, Main Street and The Feminine, with three new plays – Cindy and Eric go to Hell, Dinner Party Money, Little Blonde Hen and The Christmas Monologues all having premieres in Auckland in 2009, with GAS and The Christmas Monologues also having further seasons in Wellington.

Several plays including The Christmas Monologues, ...and then you die, and A Simple Procedure have had seasons in London and Australia, and several are also currently being adapted for the screen.

In 2010 we will see at least five new plays from him, including The Sunday Roast, Dance Troupe Supreme, The Canary and Fifth Floor. He has won Playmarket’s Young Playwright of the Year four times and was a finalist for the Bruce Mason Award and the Playmarket New Play Award in 2008 and 2009. The Canary also won the Special Prize for an Auckland playwright of a development season at the PumpHouse Theatre in 2010.