‘I have broken the machine and touched the ghost of matter’. Scientific obsession meets personal cost, as the play looks deeply into the matter of Rutherford himself and his relationships with his wife, daughter, friend and colleague.
An examination of the rich life and work of Sir Ernest Rutherford.
Stuart Hoar is a playwright, radio dramatist and novelist. His first stage play was Squatter in 1987. In 1988 he was awarded the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award before going on to have several prestigious fellowships – Playwright in Residence at the Mercury Theatre (1988-1989), Literary Fellow at Auckland University in 1990 and Burns Fellow at the University of Otago in 1993.
His screenplay for the short film Lovelock, won the New Zealand Writers’ Guild Best Screenplay Award in 1993.
He has had over 30 radio plays produced (and was Mobil Award Finalist in 1990 and 1994, and Mobil Award winner in 1995). His radio play Attitude was Radio New Zealand’s World Play for 2007 and Best Radio Play 2007 and broadcast by the BBC World Service in UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia.
He has written several opera libretti. The libretto for the opera Bitter Calm was a finalist in the Pater World Media Award´s Music and Literary Division in 1990. A full length production of Bitter Calm was subsequently performed as part of the International Festival of Arts, Wellington, 1994. A television version of this production was broadcast by TV3 in the same year.
In 1998 while living in Cambridge, England, Stuart’s first novel The Hard Light was published by Penguin NZ. He returned from England in 2000 to be Writer in Residence at Canterbury University and he was the Katherine Mansfield Fellow for 2007. Stuart is currently based in Auckland.
His play Pasefika won the Adam New Zealand Play Award 2010.