ATC 2016 Season Announced


11 February - 5 March - POLO. Cast includes Lisa Chappell, Harry McNaughton, Adam Gardiner, Taylor Barrett, James Maeva, Katrina Wesseling, Kalyani Nagaran. Direction by Colin McColl.

31 March - 16 April - YOU CAN ALWAYS HAND THEM BACK. Cast includes Delia Hannah, Jason Te Mete. Direction by Janice Finn.

21 - 26 April - THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER. Direction by Margaret-Mary Hollins.

5 - 18 May - TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Cast includes Simon Prast, Ian Mune, Goretti Chadwick, Fasitua Amosa, Kevin Keys, James Maeva. Direction by Colin McColl.

9 June - 2 July - THAT BLOODY WOMAN. Cast includes Esther Stephens, Geoffrey Dolan, Phoebe Hurst, Cameron Douglas, Amy Straker, Kyle Chuen, Andy Manning. Direction by Kip Chapman.

21 July - 14 August - THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. Cast includes Timothy Earl, Rima Te Wiata, Wesley Dowdell, Hera Dunleavy, Laurel Devenie, Damien Avery, Victoria Abbott, Peter Hayden. Direction by Sara Brodie.

1 - 2 September - VENUS IN FURS. Cast includes Morgana O'Reilly, Matt Whelan. Direction by Shane Bosher.

for further information visit the Auckland Theatre Company website

Silo Theatre 2016 Season Announced


3 - 13 February - NO MORE DANCING IN THE GOOD ROOM. Cast includes Chris Parker. Direction by Jo Randerson.

12 - 25 February  - THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING. Cast includes Michelle Blundell, Tim Carlsen, Patrick Carroll, Rima Te Wiata, Olivia Tennet, Jennifer Ward-Lealand. Direction by Sophie Roberts.

16 June - 9 July - MEDEA. Direction by Rachel House.

8 - 24 September - BOYS WILL BE BOYS. Cast includes Jennifer Ludlam. Direction by Sophie Roberts.

10 Nov - 3 December - PERPLEX. Cast includes Nic Sampson. Direction by Sophie Roberts.

for further information visit the Silo Theatre website

WatchMe: Kiwi comedy goes online

Taken from NZ Herald.

A new video-on-demand platform will launch today, showcasing original Kiwi comedy, including Leigh Hart's cult comedy series Late Night Big Breakfast.

Commissioned by Matt Heath and Jeremy Wells, WatchMe will feature several short-form comedy series, available to view on demand, free of charge.

Each series is made up of between six to eight short-form episodes, specifically designed to cater for a digital audience.

"It's all about removing the padding," explains Heath. "When you make a commercial half hour for TV, it's 22 minutes cut roughly into three seven-minute bits, divided by ad breaks. We don't have ad breaks, so we are just making the seven-minute bits. If people want to watch 22 minutes they can watch three shows in a row."

Read the full article here.

Christmas at The Basement with Jesus Christ Part II

Taken from NZ Herald, by Dionne Christian.

In the shabby-chic surroundings of The Basement, there are often wondrous sights to behold but, given the amount of time they've spent there, you'd think theatre-makers Oliver Driver, Gareth Williams and Tom Sainsbury would have seen them all.

But sitting down to discuss plans for The Basement's annual Christmas production, they're left wide-eyed and open-mouthed - it becomes quite a silent night for a second or two - as the costumed cast of another show pad discreetly by.

A princess, a vizier, a sultan and his royal guard pass through. A spellbound Driver declares the costumes to be amazing and perhaps something they should consider for their show. Then he's waxing lyrical about how good it is to be back at The Basement, where anything can happen, especially when it comes to the yearly Christmas shindig.

This year, it's called Jesus Christ Part II and it's in the hands of Driver, who directs, Williams, who has one of the four leading roles, and Sainsbury, who is writing it. Last Christmas, Driver directed Auckland Theatre Company's much-lauded revision of Jesus Christ Superstar but popped into The Basement to appear in Hauraki Horror, a murder-mystery by Sainsbury and Chris Parker.

Read the full article here.

Auckward Love: The Web Series

When Alice is left broken hearted by her long term boy friend, her 3 best friends step in to get her back into the dating scene... whether she wants them to or not...

Auckward Love is a funny, sexy and almost romantic web series created by actress Holly Shervey, and written by actress/writer Jess Sayer and actor/director Emmett Skilton.

The episodes follow Alice (Holly Shervey) and her three unlikely best friends Vicky (Luci Hare), Grace (Jess Holly Bates), and Zoe (Jess Sayer), as they force her back on the road to find love… whether she wants them to or not.

Auckward Love shines a light on what it’s like to be a single 20-something female in today’s dating game, complete with the trials and tribulations, the fun times and hard, and of course the highs, and the ridiculously ridiculous lows.

Watch the series online here.

Auckland Theatre Awards 2015

The Auckland Theatre Awards announce their 7th Annual ceremony.

The Auckland Theatre Awards are back for another year! Get ready to laugh and be merry as we look back on the year that was in Auckland Theatre. Our recently appointed creative team of Producer, Sophie Dowson and Director, Eli Matthewson have been working hard to bring a new perspective and fresh approach to the event and proceedings this year.

Amidst all the fun we acknowledge the outstanding work of theatre makers citywide. Topping the honours will be the illustrious Excellence Awards. Having been chosen by a panel of 6 industry professionals, these awards will celebrate a range of disciplines, and be for both individuals and groups. The returning ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, ‘Newcomer Awards’, and ‘Most Original Production’ will also be presented within this section of the evening.

The Auckland Theatre Awards are delighted to announce our esteemed hosts for the evening. Auckland theatre royalty Jennifer Ward-Lealand will MC the formal ceremony, with actress and comedian Kura Forrester hosting the remainder of the evening. Fresh from starring in TV3’s Funny Girls and touring her successful solo show Tiki Tour, Kura will no doubt have the house in fits with her hilarious antics. Forrester also joins this year’s ATA writing team along with Chris Parker, Jessica Joy Wood, Nic Sampson and Eli Matthewson.

The Auckland Theatre Awards are 100% funded by the community, for the community and would not be possible without the generous support of our key-presenting partners; Auckland Live, The Basement Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company, Silo Theatre, Q Theatre and the Auckland Arts Festival.

This year we have also received generous support from Mr. Fahrenheit Publicity, who will be sponsoring the “Mr. Fahrenheit Publicity Newcomer Awards” and Entertainment Accounting, who alongside No.1 Family Estate wines, are sponsoring bubbles on the door for our guests.

The People’s Choice Award section is supported by; Mangere Arts Centre, TAPAC, Auckland Actors, Elephant Publicity, Gail Cowan Management, Equity NZ, South Pacific Pictures, Kathryn Rawlings Management, The Actors Program, Playmarket, APRA, Sharu Loves Hats, Johnson Laird Management and The Pantograph Punch.

Staying true to form, the Auckland Theatre Awards will continue to present the Peoples Choice Awards - with Best Pash, Best Technical F#*^ Up and Best Poster being some of the hotly contested accolades. All practitioners and audience members are invited to vote via the Auckland Theatre Awards Facebook page from the Thursday 16th November.

So don’t miss out on the biggest night in the Auckland Theatre calendar! With this year’s theme of ‘High School Theatre’, haul out your old leotards, paper-mache masks and tin-foil crowns; whether you played "Tree 2" in The Wizard of Oz or "Robot Ophelia" in Hamlet in Space, it's time to get those costumes out of the bottom draw and wear them with pride. If costumes aren’t your thing – dust off your glad rags and enjoy the show!

TV Pick: 800 Words

Taken from NZ Herald, TimeOut.

Australia's Channel Seven has a pretty good track record when it comes to creating well-balanced, heartfelt family drama that strikes a chord with audiences: Always Greener, Packed to the Rafters, Winners and Losers, and A Place To Call Home have grabbed attention on both sides of the Tasman.

Where 800 Words is different, is that it's actually created and written by James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons), and filmed in New Zealand, with a lot of Kiwis in the cast. And in that indefinable sort of way, it has a different edge - a sense of humour, idiosyncratic characters, and scenery that can only be found on the west coast of Auckland.

New Zealand-raised Aussie actor Erik Thomson stars as George Turner, a Sydney columnist whose world is turned on its head when his wife dies suddenly, leaving him and their two teenage children Shay and Arlo (newcomers Melina Vidler and Benson Jack Anthony), heartbroken and adrift.

Read the full article here.

Next generation of Kiwi films revealed

Taken from NZ Herald, TimeOut.

Images from the next wave of New Zealand films - both adaptations of prominent writers by leading directors - have been revealed.

The first official image from Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Taika Waititi's take on the Barry Crump tale Wild Pork and Watercress is out today.

It shows Sam Neill as Uncle Hec on the lam in the bush with foster nephew Ricky played by Julian Dennison, who made his feature debut in Shopping.

"I don't think Sam or Julian had ever spent much time in the bush before so when you see them in this film you'll know they're really acting," says Waititi whose next film project will be a the third Thor movie for Marvel.

"People will fall in love with these underdog characters as they take us on an exciting adventure through the New Zealand wilderness. The bond they form along the way endears us to them even more" says Waititi.

The movie also stars Rima Te Wiata, Oscar Kightley, Stan Walker and Rhys Darby.

Read the full article here.

Hudson & Halls Live!

by Kip Chapman, Todd Emerson & Sophie Roberts
5 November - 5 Decemeber

And we're live! The oven's caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has bad news. In this immersive new work co-created by Kip Chapman, we meet two of New Zealand's trailblazing TV personalities at a pivotal point in their relationship and up to their eyeballs in cold cheese soup and melting cream castles.

Before Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules there was Hudson & Halls. In the closet with the door wide open, Peter Hudson and David Halls were New Zealand's original great gay love story.

In this new commission from Silo, prepare to be transported to a 1980s television studio for big laughs, rum-fuelled showdowns and very questionable cooking.

featuring Todd Emerson and Chris Parker
direction by Kip Chapman

for more information and to book tickets visit the SIlo Theatre website

Ash Vs. Evil Dead grabs early Season 2 renewal from Starz

Taken from Variety, by Cynthia Littleton.

Starz has given The Evil Dead fans an early Halloween treat by confirming that Ash Vs. Evil Dead has been renewed for a second season, four days prior to its premiere.

The series has generated strong buzz among horror fans as Starz has stoked anticipation for its return for months with well-placed screenings and online ballyhoo. The drama, exec produced by Evil Dead masterminds Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, bows Saturday, Halloween night, on the premium cabler. Craig DiGregorio is showrunner.

Bruce Campbell reprises his role from the 1981 movie, playing an aging lothario who wields a chainsaw hand in his hunt for evil-minded monsters. Lucy Lawless also stars. The movie spawned a 1987 sequel and numerous videogame spinoffs.

Read the full article here.
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