The texts listed below are considered to be of literary merit and suitable for study at NCEA Level 3 and level 8 of the curriculum because they allow the students to respond critically:

Text Title
Text Author
Playboy of the western world
J M Synge

The Songmaker's Chair
Albert Wendt

Bellbird : a play
Stephen Sinclair

Juno and the Paycock
Sean O'Casey

Wednesday to Come

Children of the Poor
Mervyn Thompson

Peter Schaffer

The Royal Hunt of the Sun
Peter Schaffer

The glass menagerie
Tenessee Williams

The crucible
Arthur Miller

Brian Friel

A Doll’s House
Henrik Ibsen

Death and the Maiden
Ariel Dorfman

Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller

Dr Faustus
Christopher Marlowe

Foreskin’s Lament
Greg McGee

King Lear

Lady Windermere’s Fan
Oscar Wilde

Master Harold and the Boys
Athol Fugard

Much Ado About Nothing

Ophelia Thinks Harder
Jean Betts


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Tom Stoppard

The History Boys
Alan Bennett

The Kid
Michael Gow

The Laraime Project
Moises Kaufman

Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?
Edward Albee

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