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Richard Charles
Artistic skulduggery in the Peak district in the play, 'Distinguished Guest'
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One-Act Plays
In the play, 'Deadly Intent' murder is another dish on the menu.
Personal biography
Richard Charles is the pen name of Richard C Harris.

Born in England, Richard began his interest in drama in his formative years in New Zealand where he joined the college dramatic society. But it wasn’t until his spell as an engineer in Central Africa, Malawi that it took hold. Here he first trod the stage in local amateur productions such as, ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ and ‘A Man For All Seasons’, leading to penning his first pantomime. And thus, his love of the stage was cemented and continued upon his return to the UK.

With his wife Carole and two children, Damien and Keren, he returned to New Zealand in 1996 to take up a position as Dean of the Faculty of Business at Northland Polytechnic.

Since then, he and his wife Carole have spent three years in the Solomon Islands followed by a year in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.

Richard is currently a management advisor in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.
Theatrical interests
Richard has written drama, thrillers, ghost plays, and pantomime for local amateur theatres and, in 2001, was nominated best actor for the Northland Region Drama Association for his role as René in ‘Ello Ello’.

He has directed extensively, including in 2011 ‘The Mousetrap’ for the Octagon Theatre - being the first amateur production of the famous play in New Zealand.

Since 2001 he’s had winning entries in a number of the Playwright Association of New Zealand (PANZ) competitions.

In 2012 his full length thriller ‘Deadly Dish’ took second place in the PANZ competition.

In 2013 he took first place in the prestigious Australian international one-act competition with a light comedy, ‘Distinguished Guest’. This was subsequently performed in Australia and in theatres in New Zealand.

In 2014 his play, ‘A Darker Shade Of Closure’ was a finalist in the UK Cambridge Theatre Competition and subsequently published by Lazy Bee
Karen decides there is only one way to stop a blackmailer in,  'A Darker Shade of Closure'
A terminal solution in, 'A Darker Shade Of Closure'
One-Act Plays
 A Darker Shade Of Closure 

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