Wednesday March 7, 2012

Riccarton Players (Christchurch) produce Death & Taxe$ in March 2012

Season starts 7 March. Book now!

Friday March 2, 2012

Whangarei Theatre Company performs Death & Taxe$

Whangarei Theatre Company season of Death & Taxe$: 2-17 March 2012

Friday January 21, 2011

April Awarded the Michael Hirschfeld Scriptwriting Scholarship

On completion of the Masters degree in Scriptwriting at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington, April has been awarded the Michael Hirschfeld Scriptwriting Scholarship to work on her feature film script.

Sunday November 21, 2010

PANZ One Act Play Award 2010

April's One Act Play Bonking James Bond has won the 2010 Playwrights Association of New Zealand

One Act Play award.

Tuesday August 10, 2010

Death & Taxe$ World Premiere in Tauranga, August 2010

April's latest comedy play Death & Taxe$ has it's world premiere at the 16th Avenue Theatre in Tauranga from 15 August to 28 August directed by Merv Beets.

Thursday March 11, 2010

Death & Taxe$ - April’s new comedy play released

Death & Taxe$ is a madcap financial farce set in the very topical world of insurance, investments and KiwiSaver! It's a crime story. It's a ghost story. It’s a hilarious comedy featuring dodgy deals, a potty psychic, a fishy tax inspector, a nutty cop, murder, mayhem and a hairy Yak!

Wednesday November 18, 2009

STiFF in Wanganui raising funds for Hospice

My dear friends Joan and Mike Street of The River City Players are producing STiFF for one week only from 12 to 19 December with all proceeds going to Hospice. These stalwarts of Wanganui theatre are sure to create a brilliant and hilarious production in my old home town!

Tuesday April 21, 2009

STiFF UK Premiere

STiFF has it's UK premiere at the Questors Theatre in London from 30 May. Questors is the largest community theatre in Europe. April is thrilled to be attending the opening.

Tuesday April 14, 2009

New Album Tempting Fate Released

New album Tempting Fate out now and available on ITunes and CD Baby, Amplifier and Digirama.

14 original pop tracks written and performed by April.

Tempting Fate is currently featured on Air New Zealand's inflight entertainment programme.

April has to date donated $10,200 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Friday January 23, 2009

STiFF hits Australia

Australian premiere of STiFF (musical version) at the Axeman's Hall of Fame in Devonport during August 2008. Second successful Australian production by Mackay Musical Comedy Players, Queensland in Nov/Dec 2008. Licence enquiries to David Spicer Productions

Next production - Brisbane's Stage Door Theatre from April 17 to June 13, 2009.

Sunday December 14, 2008

STiFF New Zealand

Theatre Whakatane

Sunday November 9, 2008

April completes TV acting role

April has just finished filming a beautiful love story playing a real historic person.

Transmission is due sometime in 2009.

Recently, April appeared in two episodes of TV2's Lost Children playing a really nasty character.

Monday September 22, 2008

STiFF wins award

Congratulations to Richard Brooks and his cast and crew at Harlequin Theatre in Masterton who won the "Best Farce" award at the Wellington District Theatre Awards, 2008 for their hilarious production of STiFF.

Tuesday May 22, 2012

April plays the lead role in Maya Hammarsal’s debut short film Mr Wilkins

Wednesday July 4th, 2012

Bonking James Bond and SNiP is to be produced as a double bill by Cas’n’Ova Productions

in Christchurch. The Opening on 9th August will also be the world premiere of SNiP.

Further details and tickets are available here:

Wednesday August 29th, 2012

SNiP Nominated for SWANZ Award

April’s latest comedy “SNiP” is one of three finalists in the Best Play category of the SWANZ Awards 2012 having had its premiere in Christchurch in August, produced by Cas’n’Ova Productions

Wednesday January 16th, 2013

April attends the premiere of the feature film Eternity in which she plays the

role of Cynthia Greene

Thursday January 17th, 2013

April attends the premiere of the feature film Mr Wilkins in which she plays the

role of Janice Brand

Friday January 18th, 2013

April's film Letter For Hope due to shoot in March

Directed by Raquel Sims with cinematography by Matt Sharp, April's screenplay Letter For Hope is currently in pre-production

with a shoot date scheduled for March. April will also play one of the lead roles. For more information about the film, visit

the website:

Friday January 18th, 2013

Easy Street - Cool, sophisticated, live jazz and blues featuring April Phillips

April's new band Easy Street has established itself on the Wellington jazz and blues circuit with a recent appearance

at Daddy O's in Manners Street. Further information together with details of future gigs can be found at

Saturday April 6th, 2013

Letter for Hope now in production

April's film Letter for Hope, in which she plays the female lead role, is currently

in production. Further details can be found at

Saturday April 6th, 2013

First production of Motel to be in Christchurch

April's latest theatre drama, Motel, will have its first production in Christchurch in June. Mounted by Cas'n'Ova Productions, this

thriller is full of twists and turns that you simply don't see coming. Details of the Auckland production will be available

later in the year.

Saturday April 6th, 2013

New Song for Make A Wish Foundation due for release shortly

April has now finished recording her latest song "What I'd Do for You" - the proceeds from which will do directly to the childrens' charity, Make A Wish. Watch this space for the song's release date.

Saturday April 6th, 2013

Motel - Professional Premiere in Auckland

April’s latest stage play MOTEL will have its professional premiere at The Basement Theatre in Auckland from 13 to 24 August.  Produced by CAS’n’OVA Productions and directed by Todd Rippon, it stars a tour de force of veteran actors and rising stars including Ken Blackburn (MNZM), Lorae Parry (MNZM), Cameron Rhodes, Peter Hayden, Renée Sheridan, Ruth Dudding, Liesha Ward-Knox and Coen Falke.  Check out the official website:  Bookings at


Saturday October 3rd 2013

Utu Pihikete - In pre-producton

April’s latest film Utu Pihikete is now in pre-production with the shoot scheduled for November 2013.  Directed by Craig Hutchison of Cas’n’Ova Productions and Cinematography by Matt Sharp (Eternity, When Night Falls, Letter For Hope), the film stars Steven Ray, Ralph Johnson and April.


Sunday January 12th 2014

SWANZ Nomination

April’s latest play Motel was a finalist in the Best Play category of this year’s NZ Writer’s Guild SWANZ awards 2013. 

Sunday January 12th 2014

Letter for Hope/Utu Pihikete - Cast & Crew Screenings

Cast and crew members of April’s two latest productions, Letter for Hope and Utu Pihikete are to enjoy a double bill screening of their work. This special red carpet event will take place at the Roxy Cinema, Miramar on 31st January 2014.


Monday April 28th 2014

Letter for Hope - Recognition at Film Festivals

Letter for Hope has this year been recognised in four film festivals. The film was officially selected by the Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival, the River Bend Film Festival and the Saratosa Film Festival. It also received an Honorable Mention at the Sunset Film

Festival in Los Angeles. (Watch the trailer here)

Monday April 28th 2014

New TV role for April

April has just filmed a lead role in the up-coming TV series Girl vs Boy 3 which will screen in New Zealand in July 2014.

Tuesday September 23rd 2014

Excellence Awards for Letter for Hope and Utu Pihikete

April’s two recent film productions, Letter for Hope and Utu Pihikete have won the 2014 Acolade Global Film Competition Award

for Excellence.

Saturday January 3rd 2015

Another Excellence Award for Utu Pihikete

April’s recent film production, Utu Pihikete has won the 2014 Best Shorts

Film Competition Award for Excellence.

Thursday April 23rd 2015

Latest News

April’s feature film screenplay Motel made it to the quarter finals (top 5%) of the prestigious BlueCat Screenplay competition. 

Her short film Rare made it to the first cut in the Shorts section of this international contest.

April’s new stage play Charlotte Badger is a finalist in the prestigious Adam NZ Play Award.

A Silver Medal in the docudrama section of the New York Festivals International Film and TV Awards for Passion in Paradise

a television series written and directed by Bryan Bruce, in which April played the role of Mary King.

Thursday November 12th 2015

Production News

April’s new film, REM, is now in pre-production.

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Exciting Film News

April’s recent film productions, Utu Pihikete and Letter for Hope are two of the short films selected to screen at the New Zealand Film

Festival in China in April 2016. The films at this festival should reach a theatrical audience of more than 10,000 people in 42

screenings across three major cities. The selection was made by the China Film Bureau and the New Zealand Film Commission.

Both films will be screened for six months on international Air New Zealand flights from June and also on the TgoTV network in

the United States.

Thursday 18th  May 2017

Keeping Up with April: Short Horror & Theatre News

April has had great success with her latest short film REM. The horror-fantasy has won several awards and had screenings around the world, including the Horror Hound festival in Cincinnati (the largest horror convention in the US).  The film received a REMI Award at Worldfest, a Bronze Medal in the Sci Fi section at the Global Independent Film Awards, and an Award of Excellence Special Mention at the Indiefest Film Awards. REM was selected for the Women In Film And Television International Short Film Showcase on International Women’s Day.  April received a Best Director nomination at the Ouchy Film Awards, Switzerland and Best Foreign Horror and Best Foreign Short awards at the LAIFF and Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival respectively.  

Elsewhere April's comedy play Bonking James Bond has now had two productions Scotland and her play Death and Taxe$ is about to be produced in Tasmania. April has also appeared on stage at Circa with “Hens’ Teeth” performing a new sketch called Simply The Breast about a pair of boobs having their first mammogram.