Houstoun – Fox Project

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Headline: Houstoun – Fox Project

Please note this production will not be held at the Maidment Theatre. Patrons will be contacted with new venue details once they have been finalised.

Maestro meets Maestro

New Zealand’s premiere classical and jazz musicians are coming together for a series of concerts and a recording session in 2015.

Michael Houstoun – classical piano maestro and Rodger Fox – renowned jazz artist are masters of their craft. The joining of these two New Zealand icons will blend the best of classical with the best of jazz along with ith special guest vocalist, Erna Ferry.  

Program will be drawn from: “Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3 (1st mvt) (Arranged for piano and 18-piece big band by Grammy award winning arranger/composer Bill Cunliffe from the USA) “Two New Arrangement from internationally acclaimed composer – arranger Bill Cunliffe to feature piano and jazz big band “Raff Riff- solo piano piece by Mike Nock will be re-arranged for piano and big band by Dr.David Lisik. “Psathas piece Psyzygysm rearranged by Daniel Hayles.”

The big band will also present material from its forthcoming recording of New Zealand original compositions by such composers as John Rae, Norman Meehan, Rodger Fox, Chris Selley, John Psathas, Andrew Hall, Roger Manins, Anita Schwabe, Phil Broadhurst and Nick Granville.

EARLY BIRD PRICING UNTIL 20 DECEMBER – includes a copy of the Rodger Fox Big Band 40th Anniversary CD!   

I, Peaseblossom

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Headline: I, Peaseblossom

UK Theatre legend Tim Crouch visits NZ. – Shakespeare as never seen before.

December 8 – 12, 7.30pm and  December 12, 3pm

“Crouch is a performer at the top of his game…” The Guardian

Shakespeare’s least known fairy, Peaseblossom, comes to life this December at Auckland’s Musgrove Studio. This is Shakespeare as never seen before.

Award winning UK actor and playwright Tim Crouch, in partnership with the British Council, will showcase his irreverent and modern take on Shakespeare through the eyes of this cheeky fairy.

I, Peaseblossom is the story of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream told through the fevered dreams of a neglected fairy. It is a funny, interactive and sometimes anarchic piece of theatre that excels in establishing a relationship between the audience and the performer.

“Auckland, don’t miss this. Tim Crouch is a legend of the Brit theatre scene” Metro Magazine

Tim is a celebrated master of Shakespearean theatre, who has devised a series of plays based on minor Shakespearian characters – in a bid to bring new audiences to appreciate the timeless power and relevance of the Bard.

“We have been chasing Tim across the globe to come to NZ ever since he performed the outrageously entertaining I Peaseblossom in Singapore some five years ago, so we are thrilled to finally have him here,” said British Council Country Director Ingrid Leary.

“Tim is a brilliant writer and performer, who cleverly manages to capture the imaginations of children and adults alike in this work, which is a rare feat.”

The British Council, with the University of Auckland will host a Tim Crouch workshop on technique and symbolism in Shakespeare – a rare chance for literature students, theatre practitioners and interested fans to learn from one of the best.

Tim’s visit is part of the Shakespeare Lives, a global programme commemorating the death of the world’s most celebrated author.

Tim Crouch Workshop

MIL OSI – Source: Maidment Theatre – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Tim Crouch Workshop

Tim is a celebrated master of Shakespearean theatre, who has devised a series of plays based on minor Shakespearean characters – in a bid to bring new audiences to appreciate the timeless power and relevance of the Bard.

With The University of Auckland, the British Council will host a Tim Crouch workshop on technique and symbolism in Shakespeare – a rare chance for literature students, theatre practitioners and interested fans to learn from one of the best.

“We have been chasing Tim across the globe to come to NZ ever since he performed the outrageously entertaining I Peaseblossom in Singapore some five years ago, so we are thrilled to finally have him here,” said British Council Country Director Ingrid Leary.

Tim will also be performing I, Peaseblossom from December 8 – 12 in the Musgrove Studio. The story of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream told through the fevered dreams of a neglected fairy. A funny, interactive and sometimes anarchic piece of theatre that excels in establishing a relationship between the audience and the performer.

Find out more at britishcouncil.org/shakespearelives or follow the hashtag #ShakespeareLives

The workshop will be held in The University of Auckland Drama Studio located at 14A Symonds Street, Arts One Building, Room 325.

Welcome to Night Vale

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Headline: Welcome to Night Vale

FIRST SHOW SOLD OUT! Second show added due to phenomenal demand! NEW SHOW Saturday 6 February, 9:30pm. TICKETS ON SALE Friday 6 November, 12pm

Welcome to Night Vale, the wildly popular podcast that brings its dedicated listeners stories from the sleepy desert town of Night Vale, is heading to Australia and New Zealand!

Delivering a tongue-in-cheek drama in the form of a community radio show hosted by Cecil Palmer (played by Cecil Baldwin), Welcome to Night Vale has grown to be one of the most popular podcasts in the world while remaining fiercely independent, entirely listener supported and ad-free. 

Since 2013, Welcome to Night Vale has toured a fully-realised live show complete with guest stars, live musical guests, and Cecil himself. The shows contain previously unheard scripts that enhance the constantly evolving narrative of the podcast, while still remaining funny and compelling for brand new listeners.

After performing for sold out audiences in North America and Europe, they’re bringing stories from the strange desert town of Night Vale to their dedicated listeners in the Southern Hemisphere.

Brass Poppies

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Headline: Brass Poppies

In a nutshell:
Lest we forget / Gallipoli seen from afar / War stories our mothers never told us

This ground-breaking new chamber opera from Ross Harris and Vincent O’Sullivan (Requiem for the Fallen) brings powerfully to life how Gallipoli was a domestic New Zealand story as well as a military one. Wives and families at home are as much to the fore as men in uniform at the front in an innovative depiction of the 1915 battle of Chunuk Bair. 

Directed by Jonathan Alver and conducted by Hamish McKeich, with award-winning tenor James Egglestone as Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone, Brass Poppies offers fresh perspectives on World War I, along with music and emotional resonances that will stay with you long after the curtain falls. 

Co-produced by Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand Festival and New Zealand Opera with support from the Lottery Grants Board.

TICKETS ON SALE 9AM, 5 NOVEMBER

There will be a post-show talk following the Thursday 10 March performance.

Only in Body

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Headline: Only in Body

Navi Collaborative presents Only In Body, a new play by Peter Hibberdine (Say It Without Blinking, Why Is Everybody So Full Of Technique?)… 

In a shiny office off K Rd a record company executive forces one of her musicians to become a visual artist. What was meant to be a simple profile raising exercise goes awry when he stencils up a series of ironic swastikas: The Internet loses its mind, his recording contract is suddenly in jeopardy, and his beleaguered manager tries everything possible to stop him from completely self-destructing.

Tis the Season

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Headline: Tis the Season

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 6 NOVEMBER, 9AM

School’s Out and the holiday season begins. Who doesn’t look forward to the Christmas Season? Children have a break from school, adults have a break from work – in the build up to Christmas there are shopping trips to the Malls with many Shoppers rushing around to get those last minute presents to fulfil our loved ones Christmas Wishes. Don’t forget the Christmas Decorations and the Christmas Lights too.

Let’s Hit the Beach because “Tis the Season” of Sunshine, Christmas Heat, barbeques, Party Time and Summer Car Washes. It is also the season of Christmas Bills….

We hope you enjoy our display of dances and ideas as you prepare for your holiday season 2015.

Auckland Writers Festival

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Headline: Auckland Writers Festival

Auckland Writers Festival is pleased to announce a special ‘In Conversation’ event with internationally acclaimed writer Geraldine Brooks on 17 November 2015.  

Australian-born Geraldine Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her other novels, Caleb’s Crossing and People of the Book, were New York Times best sellers, and her first novel, Year of Wonders remains an international bestseller, translated into more than 25 languages and currently optioned for a major motion picture. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of DesireForeign Correspondence andThe Idea of Home and worked for the Wall Street Journal where she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. Geraldine’s latest book The Secret Chord is a unique and vivid novel retelling the story of King David’s extraordinary rise to power and fall from grace.

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS GENERAL ADMISSION

Song to Uncle Scrim

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Headline: Song to Uncle Scrim

The great economic Depression of the 1930s gave New Zealand its first Labour Government and also gave birth to the National Party, so our world today is still the inheritor of that time. In 1976 composer Stephen McCurdy and playwright Mervyn Thompson wrote a song play called Songs to Uncle Scrim, which brings the history of the Depression into vivid dramatic life. Now, in 2015, the second year Drama students at the University of Auckland are staging Songs to Uncle Scrim, directed by Murray Edmond with musical direction by Kay Shacklock.

In little over one hour the show presents 25 Depression era songs that recall the resilient humour, shared hardships and social confrontation of the Depression. Songs to Uncle Scrim is a classic of New Zealand theatre, a theatrical lesson in our own history.  

Stir Fried VII

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Headline: Stir Fried VII

On a small side street somewhere in the vicinity of Princes Street, two proud new owners of the most chaotic, intriguing, wild and questionably unhygienic restaurant in Auckland are opening up shop for one week only. Join Danielle and Stuart as they stumble through an evening full of surprises and mayhem, serving up course upon course of theatrical tastiness…

For the seventh year running, Stage Two Productions is proud to bring you the latest installment of Stir Fried, this time with added hostful goodness. Eight original short plays written, acted and directed by our talented members are sure to appeal to any set of taste buds. We’ve got everything from musical delights and stories of Tinder frights, to the life of trees and being an NPC.

So what are you waiting for? Every seat is the best seat in this restaurant, chef’s guarantee!