Amnesty International – Write for Rights – I speak for the trees

This year we participated in the Write for Rights event from Amnesty International. Our aim was to help highlight the issues surrounding illegal timber poaching in Madagascar and the wrongful imprisonment of Clovis. So we wrote and performed a play, loosely connected to Dr Seuss’s “The Lorax”, using elements of Brecht and Commedia in performance. Here is the play live: Advertisements Continue reading Amnesty International – Write for Rights – I speak for the trees

The importance of your Backstage Tech Crew

Obviously we all know that the tech crew are the unsung heroes of the theatre. They work long hours behind the scenes, thanklessly, often to be disregarded by the cast in the wings. However, it is these guys that are the heart and soul of a team. Actors have one job- to do their character well. The tech team always have the whole cast, and … Continue reading The importance of your Backstage Tech Crew

Amnesty International – Write for Rights

Every year Amnesty International holds a “Write for Rights” campaign. The aim is to encourage people to write to governments and officials to help improve the lives of those who are being treated unjustly. And this year, I’m involved. The campaign is running already, and as one element of it in the local area, I’ve been asked to put together a theatrical performance in the … Continue reading Amnesty International – Write for Rights

Why Community Theatre Matters

Last night I sat listening to the audience of a packed community theatre. People laughed at the jokes, but to themselves. Then we had the intermission, with tea and chocolate biscuits. This audience stood around chatting, and sharing a snack, becoming a community. In the second half the laughter was full force, out loud and happy. Why the change? Well, before the intermission, the audience … Continue reading Why Community Theatre Matters

Masters in Creative Writing

Recently I started working towards my Masters in Creative Writing with Massey University.  And I do mean working towards.  I have completed one post-grad paper (yay), and now I am waiting to hear if I have been accepted into the programme.  I did well in the post-grad paper, so I am hoping for acceptance.  (I am putting this here– I write in NZ English, so … Continue reading Masters in Creative Writing

“Pericles; The Prince of Tyre” at the SGCNZ National Finals 2017

Back in June we traveled to Wellington to the SGCNZ National Finals to perform “Pericles; The Prince of Tyre”. This was a 15 minute excerpt with a colonial New Zealand twist. Award winners of “Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role” for Thomas Laybourn (Simondes) and “Globe Assessors Award for Outstanding Integration of Tikanga Maori”. Directed by Juanita McLellan. For the last few years it has … Continue reading “Pericles; The Prince of Tyre” at the SGCNZ National Finals 2017

“Dear Hannah” – a world premier

This year we just completed the production of “Dear Hannah” by Jessica Buckham. The play revolved around 3 friends growing up and apart during the Vietnam War era. Looking at issues around friendship, belief, ethics, police brutality, abuse and addiction, the play was a success. If you would like a copy of the script, please message us here. Washer Woman, narrating the action via a … Continue reading “Dear Hannah” – a world premier

What to take to a Performance – For Performers

So, it is performance time.  Usually we remember most things – but I always recommend taking what I call a “Performance Bag”  something that has everything you need in it.  Here are my recommendations of what to remember to bring with you. Costume and Makeup: If you have any elements you need to remember from home, such as shoes etc, bring those.  Make sure they … Continue reading What to take to a Performance – For Performers