David McPhail is one of the most decorated theatrical actor/directors in New Zealand. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2007 for his services to the theatre and television and holds the Queen’s Service Medal for community service. As well, he has collected seven awards for his work in television including Television Personality of the Year and Best Actor. McPhail is an accomplished writer. Two plays, one in collaboration with his long-time colleague Jon Gadsby, successfully toured New Zealand. He is the author of a variety books. One, entitled Godley Gifts, an historical review of early settlement in Canterbury, was graciously accepted by Her Majesty, The Queen, and is included in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. McPhail’s memoir, The Years Before My Death was widely read and adapted for Radio New Zealand.