Mr Victor Rodger, ONZM, of Wellington, for services to theatre and Pacific arts
Mr Victor Rodger, of Wellington, for services to theatre and Pacific arts
Victor Rodger is a playwright whose works deal with race, racism and identity, including issues confronting Pacific peoples and voicing issues for the gay community. His first play, 'Sons', won four Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. His multi-award-winning play 'Black Faggot' was performed at the Auckland and Melbourne Fringe Festivals and in Hawaii and the United Kingdom. His other plays include ‘Ranterstantrum’, ‘My Name is Gary Cooper’, ‘At the Wake’, and ‘Uma Lava’. He founded FCC, which has presented works in New Zealand, and in 2020 produced ‘Wild Dogs Under My Skirt’ at New York’s SoHo Playhouse. He has worked with Pacific secondary school students through Tautai Arts Trust Fresh Horizons workshops. Mr Rodger has written and acted on television shows ‘Shortland Street’, ‘Mercy Peak’ and ‘This is Piki’.