The plays in this volume are by established New Zealand writers and were written for lunchtime theatre. They are informal one-act plays, requiring little in the way of stage equipment and props, and are suitable for a wide range of audiences. As with a short story compared to a novel, the condensed form of these plays offers scope to their authors for experiment in scripting and characterisation. Together, they represent a variety of perspectives and performance styles. They are small 'adventures in theatre' for writer, director, performers, audience and readers.