Produced by: Footnote New Zealand Dance ,
Taking inspiration from the impact of our carved out spaces, both natural and designed, The Clearing is set within an otherworldly terrain where a faint echo of reality exists. Alluring and perplexing, The Clearing reverberates with a mysterious energy that stirs its occupants to test themselves against the environment and against each other.
Produced by: White_mess ,
"What do we do about our aging population?
What could be possible if old and young were placed together to collaborate on possible solutions?"
Children Talk About is an inter-generational, documentary theatre project by award-winning theatre-artist, Alice Canton.
This project works in the community with old and young as collaborators in a robust, professional theatre-making process. Participants are exposed to an expansive live arts practice (both as makers and audiences), activating and radicalising the ways in which we participate in our communities - through storytelling.
The objective is to increase civic engagement for traditionally isolated groups - the growing number of vulnerable young people and elders - in problem-solving, at both a familial and wider social level.
This work is currently in-development.
Produced by: Funny Business ,
Fresh from Sell Out Seasons in Norway, Sydney and Waipu...
A Black Comedy about Motherhood and Mental Health
Based on a true story, Lisa Brickell and Siri Embla weave a tale spanning four generations, multiple characters, and various dubious and devilish alter egos. Their tongue in cheek rendering of deeply flawed situations is horrendously funny. Sarah Macombee’s original music adds a wealth of mood and colour. A hopeful and entertaining show, Mockingbird will resonate in your thoughts long after you leave the theatre.
‘This is the most wonderful show, deeply moving, hysterically funny with a twist that takes you to the darkest of places and returns you to the light.’
-Alex Bonham, What’s Good
‘Mockingbird is a clever, sensitive exploration of mental health. Funny and moving, it sheds light on an issue that affects many people but remains taboo even in our modern society.’
-Sam Baran, Sambaranmedia, Sydney
Produced by: Linsey Pollak ,
You close your eyes ….is it a saxophone, a clarinet, a flute, an oboe?
…..you open them and “WHOA!” …what you see are instruments made from paper, cellotape, a drinking straw, a rubber glove and some garden hose ........and the sound? .........they sound amazing!
Linsey makes music by live-looping self invented instruments such as a paper clarinet, a drinking straw oboe, a Cylisax, a rubber glove bagpipe and “Mr Curly” (a contra-bass clarinet made from hose sounding like a 70’s synth). Using these instruments he creates layers of music which will have audiences either spellbound or bopping in their seats.
Produced by: House of Hudson ,
Whetū & Nick
Whetū & Nick tells the original tale of a young Māori wahine and a British orphan cabin boy who set out in search of the missing Cook map, a flying kite and a sacred maunga (mountain). Along the way they discover their cultural differences and similarities, the voyages of their people and their shared love of Aotearoa. Their young lives take a momentous turn as they find themselves atop a sacred maunga and in the pressence of Tāwhiri-rangi.
A story of navigating your way home even when you don't know the right way or the right words.
Produced by: Musical Sprouts ,
'A Day In The Life Of You' is a musical theatre show for children aged 2 - 6 and their grownups featuring three-part harmony singing, live instruments, theatre and gorgeous artistry to create a colourful world for children which reflects everyday life in a most imaginative way!
The show follows three characters, Yella, Reddy and Blueno as they progress through their day in the land of the Sprouty Sprouts. Although excited about putting on a show for their audience, each time they get started they discover that Yella (the child of the family) isn’t ready. Through an enchantinghour of song and dance, Yella is coaxed and prodded by the patient and caring Reddy and the stern, yet hilarious Blueno to get dressed, brush her teeth, clean up and go to the toilet. The show explores themes of independence, finding your voice, belonging and the importance of creativity.
Produced by: Nightsong ,
Mr Red Light is a dramatic farce. It moves from being funny and anarchic to being a tense thriller.
It is the story of a mysterious stranger who bursts through the doors of a Joker's Pie Shop after a bungled bank robbery and takes its occupants hostage. Through the course of this tense seige, Mr Red Light changes the lives of everybody in the shop.
Mr Red Light is a trickster, a fool, a profit, but he’s also dangerous and unpredictable. As the clock counts down the tension between him and Trevor the police negotiator increases. They’ve tried to kill him with a sniper's bullet and now they’re listening through the walls.
Ultimately Mr Red Light will help us understand how beautiful and fragile life can be.
Produced by: JTM Productions ,
Let’s turn back the clock and celebrate the wonderful era of the Hollywood movie musicals and the song and dance men that made it so magical.
In this sensational new show, Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men brings together the exciting dance routines and fabulous songs of legendary performers like Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Donald O’Connor, Frank Sinatra and many more in one glorious stage production, especially designed for your enjoyment.
Who could forget Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor’s dance in Singin in the Rain, or Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra in High Society or even Bing and Donald in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, and of course not to mention the extraordinary Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in Ziegfeld Follies.
Take trip down memory lane with some of the most memorable music ever written including:
The Way You Look Tonight, Pennies From Heaven, Be A Clown, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Blue Skies, Well Did You Evah, That’s Entertainment, You’re the Top, Make Em Laugh and many more.
With plenty of toe-tapping tunes and great show-stopping dancing, Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men gives you a sneak peek into the lives, the songs and the dance routines of the best song and dance men of all time, leaving you with a smile on your face, a spring in your step and humming a little tune.
‘Another wonderful production brought to you by the team behind the blockbuster show
A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire.’
Produced by: JTM Productions ,
In a zany madcap musical comedy featuring three pianos (you only need to provide one piano), four hands and countless sheet music, The Two Piano Men celebrate the great piano composers of today and yesteryear in their latest show, We Love a Piano – From Bach to Broadway and Beyond.
Hear fabulous show tunes, familiar classical music and even a few pop songs as The Two Piano Men put their comical twist on everything from the old masters to pop piano players.
Starring international composer, multi Green Room Award nominee and Green Room Award Winner Shanon Whitelock, whose musical compositions in film and theatre have been performed in New York, UK, Germany, China, New Zealand, Australia and the Cannes Film Festival, together with Matthew Hadgraft, one of Australia’s finest Cabaret entertainers, you will not believe what these two can do with a piano or two or three.
Featuring music like The Minute Waltz (can it actually be played in a minute?), Flight of the Bumble Bee, Chopsticks, The William Tell Overture aka The Lone Ranger, Rhapsody in Blue and many more. There is even a fight played out on the three pianos between the Sharks and the Jets from West Side Story, a fantastic classical musical mashup that has to be seen to be believed and just how many songs can the guys sing that only contain 4 chords.
With a touch of classic Victor Borge, Shanon and Matt are the “Abbott and Costello or the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis” of piano performers, no-one and no piano is immune from the antics of these crazy guys.
We Love A Piano is a snazzy double act that is a perfect blend of music, madness, mayhem and merriment and that’s just in the first 5 minutes!
Produced by: JTM Productions ,
SOME ENCHANTED EVENING – The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein
We have all heard their songs and we have all enjoyed their musicals. Together they wrote nine Broadway Musicals, one film and one television musical and were known as America’s most successful musical theatre writing team. Their partnership has been called the greatest of the 20th Century. Collectively they have amassed over 2000 songs, numerous musicals and films.
Join us for a very special concert event paying tribute to the timeless music from the legendary Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
Featuring tunes from Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and many more, Some Enchanted Evening is truly an enchanted concert of exquisite songs from the golden age of musicals.
In an intimate setting amongst the stars, your audience will be taken on a whimsical journey through song and dance, and be captivated by the beautiful music of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, ‘Younger Than Springtime’, ‘I Have Dreamed’, ‘Climb Every Mountain’, ‘Oh What a Beautiful Morning’ and many more.
With beautiful costumes, extraordinary dancing and a song list that also includes music from their partnerships with Jerome Kern and Lorenz Hart, Some Enchanted Evening is a magical, uplifting experience that is not to be missed.
Brought to you from the team behind the highly successful and entertaining productions of A Fine Romance - The Magic of Fred Astaire, Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men, Practically Perfect - The Music of Julie Andrews and A Night in Vegas.
Produced by: JTM Productions ,
Practically Perfect - The Music of Julie Andrews
For generations she has graced the stage and screen, and is fondly remembered for being Maria in The Sound of Music and of course, the wonderful nanny in Mary Poppins.
Now in one glorious stage production, Practically Perfect celebrates the life and music of the legendary Dame Julie Andrews.
Featuring some of her best known songs from shows such as Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Victor Victoria and more, interwoven with stories of her life both on and off the stage, be taken on an all singing, all dancing journey from the West End to Broadway and onto Hollywood.
Starring Karla Hillam and Jonathan Guthrie-Jones, Practically Perfect includes some of the most memorable music ever written and sung, and is a fantastic musical tribute to a living legend.
Produced by: Nightsong ,
A man who has lost his head is set on a journey to find his missing head.
This work is at a concept phase. Nightsong received funding from CNZ to partake in a research trip to explore collaboration on this work in Japan. This was very successful and we workshopped concepts with Japanese actors; we are looking to apply for phase 2 for this later this year.
Produced by: The Dust Palace ,
Angel for Breakfast
The devil dances alone, wringing what life there is out of his twisted heart he calls his broken angel to play.
Devil, Lover, Witch; It’s hard to know who is seducing who. And his angel plays on.
The Dust Palace delve into the territory of daemons, fling each other casually though the air, push their bodies to the limit and discover the boundlessness of love.
Isolation is hell. Come on in and find a partner. Or two. Or three.
Alongside Angel for Breakfast we offer the kids show to be performed during the day by the same cast:
Wallace and Ned
Lurking in the backblocks of the dark city two petty thieves are scoping their next big caper: committed to all kinds of minor misdemeanors, Wallace and Ned may be bumbling but they also love sausages with gherkin.
Hot on their trail is the dashing, the daring, the slightly dastardly (but don’t tell his Mother) detective Dirk Dunlop.
Will Wallace and Ned steal the Crown Jewels? Will they run out of gherkins? Will detective Dirk catch them? Or would that mess up his hair?
Circus theater company The Dust Palace bring you a madcap new show full to the brim with jewelry heists, darling antics and bungled burglaries.
Creators and circus artists Mike Edward and Eve Gordon join skills and physical forces to rip out and tie up a family friendly tale of silliness and good moral fiber!
Produced by: Borni Te Rongopai ,
GO HOME CURRY MUNCHA features angry asian women smashing coconuts, in a heated Masterchef style competition.
Come witness curried pots set on fire to demonic incantations. While they perform explosive ‘ethnic’ poetry, using uncensored female voices of colour. See them smoosh kiwi fruit on their faces. Share stupid embarrassing real life stories of racist dickheads. And feed banana curry sandwiches to the audience. All in the name of who cooks the best authentic cultural dish.
This show comments on the europeanisation of ethnic food, with the popular turmeric latte on the rise, now spices from asian cultures have been used in white settings, making them more palatable to the white audiences.
Combing poetry performances with a culinary show experience, to tantalise your taste buds of the cultural landscape of Auckland.
Who will cook the best authentic cuisine, well, we will leave that up to the judges. Come to our show if you dare. And who knows you might experience a hot mess of spices being thrown into the crowd.
Produced by: Hugo Grrrl ,
Join Miss Wiggle The Worm, Skipper The Snail and Honey The Bee in ... The Glitter Garden! A drag show for kids about friendship, gardening and growth! An utterly unique pairing of educational children’s theatre with the spectacular art of drag - a wondrous experience for children and grown-ups alike.