The PumpHouse: Celebrating Peg Escott

Date: November 16th, 2020 - November 16th, 2020

The PumpHouse Theatre invites you to an an evening celebrating writer, poet, playwright and friend of The PumpHouse, Peg Escott.  

Peg Escott was well known and respected in the world of drama in New Zealand and specifically on the North Shore. She was a published author of three novels, one of which, ‘Showdown’, was republished as part of the New Zealand fiction series in 1973.  

Her stage play “Saved – A Melodrama” was written to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Auckland and reflects the Auckland of the past. 

Peg gave up writing because she “couldn’t bare to look at myself in print.” 

Her love of the performing arts saw her become an adjudicator for the British Drama League (New Zealand Branch) and a regular panellist on radio 1YC’s arts panel.    

She was involved in the local amateur dramatic scene as director and was at the vanguard of the group who championed the saving of The PumpHouse building, which today remains a vibrant hub of The Arts.    

Sadly Peg passed away shortly before the first performance was staged at The PumpHouse, but her memory remains. 

Few of Peg’s works still exist but those that do give us a glimpse into not only Peg’s creativity but also Auckland of yesteryear. 

To celebrate Peg Escott, a lost taonga in the world of NZ drama, we present an evening of readings and performance and stories from those who knew her. 


For more information and to book, visit The PumpHouse website, here.

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