28 December 2016

HLT notes with sadness the death this week of prominent Wellington actress, writer and poet Michele Amas, who wrote The Pink Hammer, HLT’s first production for 2017. Quoted on, her husband, playwright Ken Duncum, described her as an extraordinary person who could do anything she put her mind to. “She was a great actor, a great writer, both as a poet and playwright. She seemed to have all kinds of abilities and imagination.” He noted she had garnered acclaim in both theatre and poetry. Her 30-year acting career featured numerous television and theatre credits, including the Chapman Tripp best actress award for August: Osage County. She also had a starring role in the 1990s TV series Duggan. Victoria University Institute of Modern Letters founding director Bill Manhire, who taught Michele, said, “She’s a huge loss to New Zealand literature as well as to the world of theatre.”

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