Portrait of dramatist Roger Hall. Graham, Reginald Kenneth, 1930-2007 :Photographs of prominent New Zealanders. Ref: PAColl-6458-1-12. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22772897

Roger Hall was born in England in 1939 and emigrated to New Zealand in 1958. He worked first for State Fire Insurance, later working as a teacher and editor with the Education Department before winning the Burns Fellowship at the University of Otago in 1977. Hall was based in Dunedin as teaching fellow in the English Department where he taught the playwriting course, until he moved to Auckland in 1995.

Hall's early scripts were for television, and he went on to write many successful play productions followed, together with musicals, pantomimes, radio dramas, books and plays for children and comedy series for television, including Conjugal Rites which was produced as a sitcom in the UK.