Roger Hall has written 35 plays, plus musicals and pantomimes (and 70 or so TV sitcom episodes). Luckily most of these have been successful. But not all. Several have failed for all sorts of reasons, such are the vagaries of getting a play on.
Naturally these are the ones that you don’t know about.
There was the one that had a big British star but failed to transfer to the West End; his one-woman play when he was flown to New York for a read-through to pitch to a showbiz audience; and the same play was going to be put on in London starring Loretta Swit (Hot Lips Houlihan on M*A*S*H). That never happened, either. Two of his plays he was in love with but audiences didn’t reciprocate; and a recent play that had such a bad opening night the season was shortened.
His talk is frank, honest, and often very funny.
Following a sold-out talk at Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin earlier this year, this is only the third time he’s presented The Ones That Got Away in New Zealand.