Much-loved Kiwi playwright Roger Hall, whose play Book Ends opens at HLT on November 11, talks to the NZ Herald on the 30th anniversary of the 1987 sharemarket crash. Although he took a financial knockback in the crash, he also managed to write a hit play about his experiences in a share club, which were all the rage in those heady pre-crash days. "I belonged to a neighbourhood share club and we knew nothing," he says. "And then I joined another group with lawyers and bankers. They were real experts and we lost a lot more money." October 20 was the 30th anniversary of the 1987 crash.