BLANC de BLANC
Mar
8
to 25 Mar

BLANC de BLANC

BRIGHT NOTES, RICH TEXTURES, A LOT OF BODY AND AN UNEXPECTED FINISH

6-24 March, 2019
Spiegeltent, Aotea Square
www.aaf.co.nz

More info and tickets here

Prepare to have your cork popped, Auckland. With the arrival of the Auckland Arts Festival in March comes the return of the beloved Spigeltent in Aotea Square, in which Strut and Fret Production House’s “champagne cabaret” BLANC de BLANC will be the resident show.

A place where the bubbles fizz, eyes glimmer and the salacious and delicious combine, BLANC de BLANC is another circus-cabaret gem by the creators of LIMBO and Cantina; a wild, shimmering night of unparalleled pleasure in which delighted audiences will experience breathtaking acrobatics, swinging tunes, a lot of bare skin and more than a few surprises.

A blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and acts to infatuate and illuminate, BLANC de BLANC premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2016 and has gone on to titillate audiences around the world.

BLANC de BLANC will have its first ever New Zealand season from March 7-24, running the duration of the Auckland Arts Festival.

An opulent and sumptuous evening of lavish laughs, heightened sensations and fantastical fun, BLANC de BLANC is strictly for people aged 18+. Slip into something more comfortable, grab a glass and join the party event of Summer at the world famous Spiegeltent.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster

The full AAF 2019 programme is here.

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“Loud, lewd and very, very funny.”

– InDaily

BLANC de BLANC
Strut & Fret Production House (Australia)

DATES
7-24 March, 2019

CREATIVES
Directed by Scott Maidment
Costume design: James Browne
Lighting and set design: Philip Gladwell
Musical direction: Steve Toulmin

CAST
Jarrod Bates, Gregg Romeo, Jaimi Luhrmann, Jess Mews, Laura New, Milena Straczynski

TICKETS
Priority entry $89
GA/Conc  $79/$73

LOCATION
Spiegeltent, Aotea Square

BOOKINGS
www.aaf.co.nz

DURATION
130 mins, no interval

AUDIENCE
Strictly 18+
Contains nudity, smoking haze, strobe lighting and gallons of champagne

★★★★★ “Loud, lewd and very, very funny. Just surrender - you know what to do.” - In Daily
★★★★★ “A night of glamour, nudity and wonder...simply unforgettable.” - On In London
“Fun and transgressive...if Baz Luhrmann made a nightclub, it would be this.” - Time Out

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Astroman
Mar
17
to 7 Apr

Astroman

ASTROMAN

By Albert Belz

Presented by Auckland Theatre Company
A co-production with Te Reihea Theatre Company In association with Auckland Arts Festival

16 March - 6 April 2019
Q Theatre, Auckland
www.atc.co.nz

Directed by Tainui Tukiwaho
Starring: Miriam McDowell, Nicola Kawana

It’s 1983 and it’s on like Donkey Kong! Young Hemi ‘Jimmy’ Te Rehua is the king of the Whakatāne Astrocade Amusement Parlour. But while there’s no limit to his domination of the Pac-Man and Galaga high-score charts, this boy genius hasn’t yet worked out how to beat the game of life. With the help of the Astrocade’s grouchy owner and his plucky mum, Jimmy learns how to stand up to bullies and what it really means to be brave.

Charming and hilarious, this heart-warming throwback to the decade of Poi E, Michael Jackson and spacies arcades oozes sweet '80s nostalgia and the good old times of growing up in small-town Aotearoa.

In the spirit of classic coming-of-age tales Stand By Me and BoyAstroman’s touching Kiwiana story of family, friendship and courage will have you reaching for the stars. A fun-filled retro comedy for the young and young-at-heart.

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An irresistibly funny and heartwarming love letter to the 80s.

Please find more information and tickets here.

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The Dreamer
Mar
22
to 25 Mar

The Dreamer

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE MEETS TANG XIANZU IN
THE DREAMER

1-24 March 2019
The Civic
www.aaf.co.nz

More info and tickets here

In the 1590s two things happened which would have a massive impact on cultures in both the East and the West. In China, dramatist Tang Xianzu penned the romantic tragicomedy, The Peony Pavilion. Around the same time, William Shakespeare completed his best-known comedic play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Over 400 years later, two companies, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and British physical theatre company Gecko - from east and west - collaborated to create a collision of these two monumental pieces. The result is an extraordinarily beautiful and mesmerising piece of physical and narrative theatre, The Dreamer, coming exclusively to the Auckland Arts Festival in March.

The Dreamer is a lavish stage production, in which the narrative is driven by a combination of dance, live music and spoken word. It is an imaginative, free-flowing work that seamlessly blends movement, melodrama and comedy into the most bewitching and delightful story.

The Dreamer is a feast for the eyes and the ears. It is one of the major theatre productions in the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival and plays 21 to 24 March at The Civic.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

The full AAF 2019 programme is here.

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“Heart stoppingly thrilling.”

– Broadway Baby

In both The Peony Pavilion and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the central character is out of sorts and subsequently drawn into an otherworld. In The Dreamer, the spotlight is on Du Liniang/Helena, a romantic who is besotted with a young man who barely notices her. Thanks to some mischievous sprites, the heroine is pulled into a dream world, where mayhem ensues.

Premiering in Shanghai, The Dreamer was created as part of the British Council’s worldwide 2016 Shakespeare Lives programme, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and, in the same year, won China’s prestigious One Drama Award for Best Stage Design.

The two companies, Gecko and Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, have not only injected new life into classic texts but given them a vibrant modern twist. Employing Gecko’s trademark physical theatre style, associate director Rich Rusk and devising performer Chris Evans blend emotionally-driven movement, a spine-tingling soundscape, striking visual storytelling, stunning shadow play and an outstanding lineup of Chinese performers to bring a new twist to these classic texts.

The Dreamer
Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in association with Gecko

DATES
21 – 24 March, 2019

TICKETS
Premium $75
A Reserve $65 Full Price, $59 Concession
B Reserve $55 Full, $49 Concession
C Reserve $35

LOCATION
The Civic

BOOKINGS
www.aaf.co.nz

DURATION
65 mins, no interval

AUDIENCE
Recommended for ages 10+
Contains loud noises and adult themes

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “A stunning production… this is one show that should be on the top of your list to see this year.” — British Theatre Guide

★★★★ “Vivid, enthralling…Yang Ziyi is a wonderful Helena, sweetly sad and anxious but with a gradually thriving inner spirit.” The Times (UK)

★★★★ “The physical storytelling is so alive.” The List (UK)

★★★★ “Visually stunning… a feast for the eyes.” The Scotsman (UK)

★★★★★ “Visually stunning, audibly mesmerising and heart stoppingly thrilling.” Broadway Baby (UK)

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Grand Finale
Mar
22
to 24 Mar

Grand Finale

GRAND FINALE

Choreography & Music by Hofesh Shechter
Performed by Hofesh Shechter Company

DATES: 21-23 March 2019
LOCATION: ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
www.aaf.co.nz

More info and tickets here

Part-gig, part-dance, part-theatre and wholly original: there is no other way to describe Grand Finale, the latest work of internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter. As one of the centrepiece, exclusive works of the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival, Grand Finale is spectacularly bold and ambitious contemporary dance featuring ten dancers and live music performed by an onstage band.

Grand Finale is at once comic, bleak and beautiful, evoking a world at odds with itself; full of anarchic energy and violent comedy.

For aficionados of contemporary dance, this will be the Hofesh Shechter Company’s Auckland debut and the first time the company has been to New Zealand in seven years. For those new to contemporary dance, Grand Finale offers the best possible introduction – bold, irreverent and completely exhilarating.

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“A mature and magnificent work”

– The Stage (UK)

Choreographer, dancer, musician and composer, Shechter is one of the trendsetters of contemporary dance. He creates work that is rough, unorthodox, dynamic and exciting – and composes much of the accompanying music himself. Like many Israeli choreographers, Shechter’s work is almost always politically charged. In this instance Grand Finale refers our world hurtling towards its apocalyptic end.

Shechter’s style embraces an energy that captivates the audience. His dancers use rapid movements full of raw energy, almost as if by remote control. In Grand Finale, Shechter’s vision lies somewhere between comedy, danse macabre and apocalypse, in surreal scenes full of beauty, grace and brutality.

With his energetic, powerful choreographies, combined with his unique soundscapes, Shechter creates universes that are raw yet delicately beautiful. Grand Finale is Shechter’s first collaboration with designer Tom Scutt. The score includes works by Franz Léhar and Pyotr Tchaikovsky, as well as his own compositions.

Shechter is proud of the truly eclectic group of onstage musicians, once calling them “a combination of musicians that you can’t quite label ...a cosy, warm, hearty band. Something to hold on to. The constant, beating heart of the piece.”

The band features a small group of musicians, who play 18 instruments between them including cellos, viola, harmonium, guitar, trumpet, clarinet, a variety of eastern and oriental flutes and drums and a Persian Santoor.

Grand Finale premiered at La Villette Paris with Théâtre de la Ville in 2017.

GRAND FINALE
Choreography & Music by Hofesh Shechter
Performed by Hofesh Shechter Company

DATES
21–23 March, 2019

TICKETS
Premium $89
A Reserve $69 / Concession and groups $63
B Reserve $59 / Concession and groups $53
C Reserve $49

LOCATION
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

BOOKINGS
www.aaf.co.nz

DURATION
1 hours 40 mins incl interval

AUDIENCE
Recommended for ages 13+
Contains smoke effects, very loud music and flashing lights

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “A mature and magnificent work…sulphurous, visceral and surprisingly tender” The Stage (UK)

★★★★ “The ultimate danse macabre… Hofesh Shechter’s existential anguish and his often beautiful choreography fight to the death” The Observer (UK)

★★★★ “Heart-stopping… Hofesh Shechter’s [Grand Finale] has arrived with a bang” Financial Times (UK)

★★★★ “a wild waltz for the end of time… [Grand Finale] ranks among Shechter’s most sophisticated creations” The Guardian (UK)

“Life flirts with morbidity in Grand Finale, a touching and exhilarating work loaded with emotion. The Israeli choreographer, in his artistic prime, reveals once again the evocative power of his abstract and expressionist creations based on a mastery of rhythm and explosive sounds […] Not to be missed” Le Devoir (Can)

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Ulster American
Mar
22
to 25 Mar

Ulster American

ULSTER AMERICAN
By David Ireland

21-24 March 2019
ASB Waterfront Theatre, Wynyard Quarter
www.aaf.co.nz

More info and tickets here

The most talked about show of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 is on its way to Aotearoa for the Auckland Arts Festival in March.

Following a hugely successful season at the famous Traverse Theatre, audiences in Tāmaki Makaurau will get the chance to experience exactly why Ulster American took out the coveted Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Fringe Award.

An actor, director and playwright clash with explosive results in this outrageous, at times confrontational and frequently gasp-inducing black comedy.

Jay is the Oscar-winning American actor determined to connect with his Irish roots. Leigh is an up-and-coming British director who will do anything to get noticed. And Ruth is the Northern Irish playwright desperate for her voice to be heard.

Tasked with staging a play together on the West End, this trio of ambitious artists and their explosive opinions come together and very quickly cross all manner of lines.

David Ireland’s sensational new play is a no-holds-barred satire of art as a political flashpoint in a climate heavy with abuses of power, issues around consent and the silencing of female voices.

Tickets on sale now via Ticketmaster.

The full AAF 2019 programme is here.

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“*****Riotous… [a] brilliantly brutal satire.”

– The Guardian

Touching down in New Zealand exclusively for Auckland Arts Festival before it heads to New York for the first time, Ulster American’s razor-sharp dialogue and viciously funny performances have turned genuinely shocking material into an uproarious smash hit.

Formed in 1963 by a group of passionate theatre enthusiasts, the Traverse Theatre was originally founded to extend the spirit of the Edinburgh festivals throughout the year. Today, the Traverse Theatre’s annual season comprises urgent and diverse work spanning theatre, dance, performance, music and spoken word.

SEASON DETAILS

TICKETS
A Reserve $69 Full Price, $62 Concession
B Reserve $59 Full, $53 Concession

BOOKINGS
www.aaf.co.nz

DURATION
1hr 25mins no interval

INFORMATION
Contains strong language and references to sexual violence.

REVIEWS
★★★★★ “Riotous… [a] brilliantly brutal satire.” — The Guardian
★★★★★ “Brilliantly feisty… outrageous and uproarious.” — The Times
“Explodes on to the stage… a theatrical hurricane.” — The Scotsman

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Turangalîla Symphony
Mar
24
12:30 PM12:30

Turangalîla Symphony

FALL IN LOVE WITH MESSIAEN’S Turangalîla Symphony AT AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL IN MARCH

Sat 23 March, 2019
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
www.aaf.co.nz

More info and tickets here

Frenchman Olivier Messiaen was one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century and everything about his astounding Turangalîla Symphony is exuberant, colourful and monumental.

In the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival in March, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) and musicians from Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) will unite to form a massive line-up of over 100 players and two soloists for a rare performance of the 20th-century orchestral masterpiece.

The symphony’s name was coined by the composer from two Sanskrit words – turanga meaning “time which flows, movement or rhythm”, and lîla, meaning “a kind of cosmic love involving acts of creation, destruction and reconstruction”[1]. The composer therefore saw this work as a song of love or a hymn to joy1. Either way, Turangalîla Symphony is an extravagant celebration of love and life, and centres around a blissful movement called The Garden of Love’s Sleep.

Auckland Arts Festival Artistic Director Jonathan Bielski says, “This grand masterpiece of 20th century music locates the majesty of the APO at centre stage in the 2019 Festival programme. It is the first time the orchestra have performed it and we are delighted to share this spectacular moment with them.”

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“A milestone of


20th-century music.”

– New York Times

Along with the huge orchestra, Turangalîla Symphony requires a mesmerising electronic instrument with an ethereal sound, called the ondes martenot. The world’s finest ondes martenot player Cynthia Millar and other soloists, including innovative pianist Joanna MacGregor, will join the APO and ANAM under the baton of Maestro Stefan Asbury.

The wider orchestra includes a brilliant array of instruments, including glockenspiel, celesta and vibraphone, whose combined sounds reproduce a similar sound to a Balinese gamelan ensemble, along with triangle, temple blocks, wood block, cymbals, Turkish cymbal, Chinese cymbal, tam-tam, tambourine, maracas, tubular bells, bass drum, side (snare) drum and a Tambourin Provençal.

Rarely performed, the opportunity to experience the Turangalîla Symphony live may only come along once in a lifetime. This historic event will be a highlight of Auckland Arts Festival 2019.

To open the concert, music expert Graham Abbott will “unwrap” Messiaen’s Turangalîla - an insightful and informative presentation to enrich the audience’s understanding of this monumental work.

Tickets are on sale now.

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The Audience
May
9
to 24 May

The Audience

The ASB Season of

The Audience
By Peter Morgan

8-23 May, 2019
ASB Waterfront Theatre
www.atc.co.nz

Directed by Colin McColl
Starring Theresa Healey, Ian Mune, Cameron Rhodes, Paul Barrett

Deep inside Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II has held an ‘audience’ – a weekly one-on-one meeting with her prime minister – since 1952. These conversations, bound by a contract of silence, have never been recorded or disclosed.

From Peter Morgan, screenwriter of The Queen and creator of Netflix’s The Crown, this electrifying play boldly imagines what is spoken behind closed doors. Face to face with the likes of Churchill, Thatcher and Cameron, we witness the Queen acting as confidante and sounding board, but also holding her own in discussions of explosive passion and candour, all the while sharing her intimate fears and desires across six decades of rule.

Get up close and personal with this magnificent role, first performed by Helen Mirren and now our own theatre royalty, Theresa Healey, alongside a who’s who of political game changers, in an international stage sensation where being part of the audience is a privileged position.

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“Peter Morgan struck box-office gold with his movie The Queen. He's likely to do so again with this play based on the private weekly audience given by the monarch to the prime minister.”

– The Guardian

Please find more information and tickets here.

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Dahlesque
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Dahlesque

DAHLESQUE
Presented by Bayleys

Conductor David Kay
Featuring Elise McCann
Musical arrangements and direction Stephen Amos

Venue Auckland Town Hall
Date Saturday 11 May, 11am and 2pm

Join the APO and artist Elise McCann for a scrumdiddlyumptious musical adventure inspired by the fantastical imagination of Roald Dahl.

Dahl is one of the world’s most popular authors. His stories have entertained generations of children combining fun, fear and a sprinkling of naughtiness.

Grab your golden ticket for this magical family concert. Elise McCann (2016 Helpmann Award Winner, Miss Honey in Matilda the Musical) and the APO will perform music from Matilda the Musical, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, original compositions of Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and more.

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“For those who can’t get enough of Matilda the Musical…

– AdelaideNow.com.au

Elise McCann presented the world premiere of DAHLESQUE  at the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and went on to perform the show with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in April 2018.

This irreverent and magical concert explores the fantastical imagination and wickedly unforgettable characters of one of the world’s best selling authors.  Featuring music from adaptations of Roald Dahl’s classic stories including Tim Minchin’s mega-hit Matilda, the classic Gene Wilder movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Pasek & Paul’s James and the Giant Peach, Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and original compositions of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, all performed with the brilliant Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Written by Elise McCann and Richard Carroll, Musical Arrangements by Stephen Amos, Directed By Sheridan Harbridge and Ben Gerrard,  Costume designed by Daniel Learmont Couture.  DAHLESQUE is an evening of anarchic, outrageous, grotesque, moving, heart pounding, playful, rude and imaginative storytelling!.

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Rants in the Dark
May
16
to 18 May

Rants in the Dark

EMILY WRITES’ HILARIOUS RANTS IN THE DARK NOW A SUCCESSFUL PLAY AND ON ITS WAY TO AUCKLAND

Book a babysitter, because tickets to the most hilariously unfiltered theatre show about parenthood, Emily Writes’ Rants in the Darkgo on presale today.

The brilliant new play based on popular writer Emily Writes’ blog-turned-best-selling-book, Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another, opens at Auckland Live’s Bruce Mason Centre on May 16for a strictly three-day season.

Honest, authentic and laugh-out-loud funny, the play revels in the raw truth of parenthood (and grandparenthood) and its ‘mess of contradictions’. It is a biting antidote to judgmental supermarket-tutterers and plane-smirkers everywhere.

The play has been adapted for the stage by writer and performer Mel Dodge, award-winning director Lyndee-Jane Rutherford and Good Times Company producer Bevin Linkhorn, and stars three of New Zealand’s top actors, Renee Lyons (Funny Girls, 800 Words), Bronwyn Turei (Go Girls, Shortland Street – The Musical) and Amelia Reid-Meredith (Shortland Street).

Emily Writes is the editor of The Spinoff Parents and has been a columnist for media outlets includingStuff, NZ Herald and NZ Women’s Weekly. She edits her own website emilywrites.co.nz, has written two books, and has two children. Her writing, which often focuses on issues related to parenting but also includes features and reviews, is hugely popular due to its eloquence and candid style – a charm which is replicated in the play.

The book Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another was the natural progression from the successful blog Writes started in the wee small hours while feeding her first baby, in a valiant attempt to reclaim her adult brain. Following her first post – Fuck off, I’m grateful – Writes woke to nearly a million hits and over 15,000 emails in her inbox.

The Auckland season of Rants in the Dark follows a four-week premiere season at Wellington’s Circa Theatre earlier this year and, prior to that, a five night sell-out preview season at the 2018 Women’s Theatre Festival.

The Auckland Live season of Rants in the Dark runs May 16-18 at Takapuna’s Bruce Mason Centre.

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Auckland Live and Good Times Company presents
Rants in the Dark

Based on the book Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another by Emily Writes
Adapted for the stage by Mel Dodge, Lyndee-Jane Rutherford, Bevin Linkhorn
 
DATES                                                  
Thu 16 May, 8pm | Fri 17 May, 8pm | Sat 18 May, 2pm (babes in arms performance) | Sat 18 May, 8pm
 
CREATIVES                                         
Directed by Lyndee-Jane Rutherford
Produced by Bevin Linkhorn 
Starring Renee Lyons, Bronwyn Turei, Amelia Reid-Meredith
 
TICKETS                                               
$42 Adult
$38 Group price (groups 5+)
 
LOCATION                                          
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
 
BOOKINGS                                         
www.aucklandlive.co.nz
 
DURATION                                        
100 minutes + interval
 
IMPORTANT INFO                          
Recommended for 16+,  Please note the play is not suitable for toddlers or older children. The play contains strong language and adult themes.

FOLLOW 
@aucklandlive #RantsInTheDark

’Rants in the Dark is a laugh-cry, get up in your realness, ode to mamas out there everywhere. Get your tired self along and feel heard. Brilliant work!’ - Litcrawl Wellington

Anyone who has ever been a baby needs to see this play… laughter is the predominant audience response as we empathise with it all.’ - Theatreview

’Every parent has to see it. I had alternate tears from laughing and crying. Such a brilliantly pulled together work with three kickass wahine actors.’ - Booksellers NZ

’Rants in the Dark - a hilarious play for anyone, not just new mothers… a must-see for new parents and infinitely enjoyable. Even if you're not a parent, you're guaranteed a great show and will come away with the urge to call your mum and say thanks.’ Stuff.co.nz

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The fact that TV turns kids into zombies for five seconds is the whole point. That’s what you want...”

– Rants in the Dark

ABOUT EMILY WRITES
 
Emily Writes is a mother of two boys. She lives in Wellington with her husband and rescue greyhound Twinkle. She has written two books: Rants in the Dark: From One Tired Mama to Another and Is it Bedtime Yet: Tales of Parenting...the Hilarious, the Hair-raising, the Heart-breaking. She is the editor of The Spinoff Parents and regularly writes for other publications. She is a patron of PND Wellington and a supporter of the Neonatal Trust and Wellington Children's Hospital.  She is an activist, advocate, volunteer, public speaker and bleeding heart.
 
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
 
Lyndee-Jane Rutherford is the director and co-adaptor of Rants in the Dark. She has worked extensively in theatre and television since starting her career in the comedy series SkitzThe Semisis and Telly Laughs in the 90s. She’s performed in over 50 professional theatre productions around the country, including Who Wants to be 100?, Troy the Musical and In Flame, for which she was nominated for Chapman Tripp Actress of the Year in 2003. Lyndee-Jane directed Ache, Midsummer, Miss Bronte and The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Wellington’s Circa Theatre. She won the Chapman Tripp Award for Most Promising Director in 2006 with her production of Love Puke.
 
ABOUT THE ACTORS
 
Renee Lyons has appeared in a number of New Zealand television series, including Funny Girls II, 800 Words and Filthy Rich, and has a strong body of theatre work. Renee has 18-month-old twins, Darcy and Ralph.
 
Bronwyn Turei is perhaps best known for her role in the popular TV series Go Girls. She most recently played Nurse Jaki Manu in Shortland Street – The Musical.
 
Amelia Reid-Meredith – also a mum – most recently played Bella on Shortland Street for over six years.

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Planet Earth II Live in Concert
May
22
to 23 May

Planet Earth II Live in Concert

PLANET EARTH II LIVE IN CONCERT

Due to popular demand, BBC Studios, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) and Auckland Live have announced a second show for Planet Earth II Live in Concert, on Thursday 23 May 2019.

The concerts on 22 and 23 May mark the New Zealand premiere of this spectacular event that brings to life breathtaking footage from the award-winning BBC series Planet Earth II. Accompanying all the action on the big screen at the ASB Theatre, the 70-strong Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will transport audiences with a full symphonic treatment of the score by Academy Award ® winner Hans Zimmer, and his composers Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe from Bleeding Fingers Music.

Alongside the announcement of a second show, organisers are delighted to reveal that Planet Earth II Live in Concert will be narrated live by broadcast personality and New Zealand’s ‘First Bloke’, Clarke Gayford. Gayford’s recent presenting credentials include his documentary series Fish of the Day, for the National Geographic Channel, which has screened in 83 countries.

In 2018, Planet Earth II Live in Concert has toured more than 28 cities worldwide, and in each city, a guest narrator has appeared alongside the live orchestra to tell the story.

Gayford says he is looking forward to taking on the challenge. “I grew up watching Sir David Attenborough, and I’m a huge admirer of his work and his contribution to natural history,” he says. “Narrating the Planet Earth II concert is an enormous honour, and I’m incredibly proud to be part of this special event. I can’t wait to present some of the breathtaking footage from this iconic series alongside a live accompaniment by the incredible Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.”

Chantal Bindley, Head of Live Entertainment, BBC Studios, Australia and New Zealand, says: “New Zealanders clearly have a real affection for the ground-breaking television series Planet Earth II, and this concert takes that enjoyment to the next level, showcasing all the power and drama of nature in an incredible cinematic experience with a live orchestra.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the popularity of the first show, and tickets have been selling incredibly fast. We’re thrilled to be able to offer a second show in New Zealand, ensuring more people can witness this extraordinary event,” she adds.

Produced by BBC Studios’ acclaimed Natural History Unit, the television series Planet Earth II was filmed over three years using state-of-the-art advanced technology, and in the process, elevated natural history to a whole new level. Now, Planet Earth II Live in Concert will transport audiences to the spectacular landscapes and habitats of some of Earth’s most remarkable wildlife, where they can race alongside wild lions in the remote sandy deserts of Namibia, face stormy Antarctic seas with a family of penguins, and relive the raw drama as a baby iguana tries to escape the clutches of deadly racer snakes.

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“I can’t wait to present some of the breathtaking footage from this iconic series”

– Clarke Gayford, Narrator

Planet Earth II Live in Concert
7.30pm, Wednesday 22 May 2019

SECOND SHOW ADDED:
7.30pm, Thursday 23 May 2019

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

Produced by BBC Studios and presented in partnership with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Auckland Live

Planet Earth II is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit production co-produced with BBC America, ZDF, Tencent and France Télèvisions

Conductor David Kay
Narrator Clarke Gayford

Tickets and more information: www.aucklandlive.co.nz  

Tickets for both shows of Planet Earth II Live in Concert are available from Auckland Live aucklandlive.co.nz.

Purchase four tickets or more to become an APO subscriber and save at least 10% on public ticket prices plus pay no booking fees at apo.co.nz

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Michael Hill International Violin Competition
May
31
to 8 Jun

Michael Hill International Violin Competition

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New Zealand’s most prestigious international music competition returns 31 May to 8 June 2019

A young Michael Hill had big dreams of being a concert violinist. Instead, he was encouraged into the family jewellery business by his father and uncle, and the rest is New Zealand business history. 

In 2001, Sir Michael decided he wanted to offer young violinists across the world the chance to do what he didn’t – pursue a successful career in violin performance – and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition was born.

Seventeen years on, the biennial “Michael Hill” is recognised as one of the most sought-after international violin prizes and the careers of some of today’s classical music legends have been launched right here in New Zealand. 

From 31 May to 8 June 2019, sixteen 18 to 28-year-old violinists from across the world will again go head-to-head for a prize package valued at over $100,000.

The winner of the Michael Hill receives NZ$40,000, a recording contract with the Atoll label, an intensive performance tour across New Zealand and Australia, a personalised professional development programme, and a tour outfit by either Kiri Nathan or Working Style. 

The winner is also invited to perform on Sir Michael Hill’s magnificent personal violin, a 1755 Guadagnini named “The Southern Star”, on their Winner’s Tour.

All live rounds are open to the public. Tickets will be on sale in February 2019.

The entire event is also live-streamed on www.violincompetition.co.nz, YouTube and the world’s leading online classical music news source, The Violin Channel. In 2017 online activity exceeded one million views throughout the 10-day period, of which over 70 per cent were unique views/users.  

For more information, please visit the web site, the Competition’s Facebook page or Youtube channel.

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“Playing a full concerto with a huge orchestra would be a hell of a buzz.”

– Sir Michael Hill

COMPETITION SCHEDULE

Rounds One and Two of the prestigious competition (Quarter-Finals) take place in Queenstown from 31 May to 3 June 2019. From there, six Semi-Finalists will be selected to head up to Auckland for Round Three, which takes place on 5 and 6 June at the Town Hall. Leading New Zealand musicians, drawn from the country’s top ensembles, will perform with the competitors.  

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will perform with the three finalists at the Grand Finale on Saturday 8 June, with Music Director Giordano Bellincampi conducting.

As well as establishing the careers of some of today’s most renowned violinists, the “Michael Hill” is acknowledged for its superstar judging panel. Every year, Queenstown and Auckland play host to some of the world’s greatest violin soloists and teachers. 

In 2019, this includes:

Dale Barltrop, Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony and First Violin of the Australian String Quartet, who competed in the very first Michael Hill as a mere 18-year-old.  

Canadian soloist James Ehnes who has secured rock star status in the classical world.  

Mauricio Fuks from Uruguay/USA who is a renowned pedagogue while Clara-Jumi Kang of Germany/South Korea is a brilliant young soloist. 

Anthony Marwood is a very popular violinist from the UK who has many ties to Aotearoa, as does his Judging Panel peer New Zealander Wilma Smith, who now lives in Australia.

Ning Feng from China is another popular international soloist. He won the 2005 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Dr Robin Congreve is again the Chair of the Jury – a job that is often much more difficult than expected, given the sheer calibre of the young performers and how close the Competition so often gets. 

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Prof. Brian Cox Universal World Tour 2019
Jun
11
to 15 Jun

Prof. Brian Cox Universal World Tour 2019

TICKETS ON SALE TO BRIAN COX’S UNIVERSAL 2019 WORLDWIDE TOUR

Tickets are on sale for the New Zealand leg of Prof Brian Cox’s first world tour, Professor Brian Cox Universal World Tour 2019: Live On Stage. Prof Brian Cox will be embarking on his first World Tour, visiting North America, UK, Europe, Asia and the Asia Pacific. Brian Cox will return to Auckland on 15 June 2018 and Wellington on 11 June, and travel to Christchurch for the first time on 13 June.

Using state of the art graphics and imagery from ground-based telescopes and space probes, presented using ultra-high-resolution LED screen technology, Brian will explore the latest missions to the planets, the nature of space and time from the Big Bang to black holes and the origin and fate of life and intelligence in the Universe. He will also address questions about the value of science, how we acquire scientific knowledge and why we should trust it. Visual highlights will include a journey around and into a black hole, created in partnership with Double Negative, the four-time Academy Award-winning visual effects company responsible for creating the black hole effects in the movie Interstellar.

Whether an avid science reader or a total novice, Universal will make the latest scientific discoveries and ideas accessible to all, exploring the vast, possibly infinite universe from earth to the edges of the cosmos; it will also challenge the audience to think about our value as human beings and our place amongst the stars.

Brian will be joined by co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to oversee an audience Q&A, giving fans the chance to ask any questions they have and making every show unique.

On the last tour I loved talking about astronomy and cosmology with vast, state of the art screens to display images of the cosmos as we’ve never seen them before,” Prof Brian Cox said.

“Thirty metre-wide images from the Hobble Space telescope are certainly something to behold. On this tour, I’m going to go a step further with the technology, to the horror of Lateral Events because it’ll be expensive. But it’ll be spectacular as well, and I hope it’ll offer people a completely new perspective on our place in the universe.”

Brian Cox is one of the preeminent physicists in the world and is Professor of Particle Physics at The University of Manchester, The Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society. As a broadcaster, he has presented a number of highly acclaimed science programs for the BBC, boosting the popularity of subjects such as astronomy and physics and garnering a host of accolades, including two Royal Television Society awards and a Peabody Award for Wonders of The Solar System. He has also authored a series of best-selling books, including the widely acclaimed Human Universe and most recently, Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos, and is recognised as the foremost communicator for all things scientific. His critically acclaimed BBC series Forces of Nature aired in 2016 and he co-hosts Stargazing Live in the UK and Australia.

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“It’ll be spectacular and I hope it’ll offer people a completely new perspective on our place in the universe.”

– Prof. Brian Cox

TOUR SCHEDULE

WELLINGTON
Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019 at 7.30pm
Venue: TSB Arena
Bookings: 0800 111 999 or ticketmaster.co.nz

CHRISTCHURCH
Date: Thursday 13 June 2019 at 7.30pm
Venue: Horncastle Arena
Bookings: 0800 842 538 or ticketek.co.nz

AUCKLAND
Date: Saturday 15 June 2019 at 7.30pm
Venue: The Trusts Arena
Bookings: 0800 842 538 or ticketek.co.nz

Media enquiries, please contact Siobhan Waterhouse, Mr Farenheit Publicity at +64 22 126 4149 or siobhan@mrfahrenheit.nz

www.lateralevents.com

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The NZ Mix Tape
Jun
11
8:00 PM20:00

The NZ Mix Tape

NZ MIX TAPE
Presented by Bayleys

Presented in association with Auckland Live

Conductor David Kay
Featuring the APO and special guests

Special guest artists will join the APO to perform beloved songs by some of New Zealand’s most iconic songwriters.

Songs we have sung with our families over BBQs, shared with friends on long road-trips and danced to late into the night at parties. From Don McGlashan to Supergroove, Prince Tui Teka to Nadia Reid, Crowded House, Dave Dobbyn and Lorde.

The NZ Mix Tape is the APO’s music compilation of who we are and where we live, reflecting memories of childhood, first loves, special places, and the milestones that mark our lives. With a setlist that includes ‘Anchor Me’, ‘Four Seasons in One Day’, ‘Preservation’ and ‘Home, Land and Sea’ this concert should not be missed!

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APO’s music compilation of who we are and where we live”

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A Fine Balance
Jun
15
to 7 Jul

A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance

A co-production with Prayas Theatre
Adapted by Sudha Bhuchar from novel by Rohinton Mistry
Directed by Ahi Karunaharan

14 June - 6 July, 2019
Q Theatre, Auckland
www.atc.co.nz

Directed by: Ahi Karunaharan
Cast: Ravikanth Gurunathan, Rashmi Pilapitiya, Jatinder Singh, Mustaq Missouri, Mayen Mehta, Mel Odedra, Aman Bajaj, Kalyani Nagarajan

In 1975, a struggling Parsi widow, determined to keep her independence, sets up shop in a tiny apartment, hiring two Hindu tailors and taking on a boarder to make ends meet. From this unlikely gathering of strangers, an accidental family forms, each member fleeing the bondage of their past while creating rich – yet perilous – new bonds over their shared experience of a country in political flux.

Based on Rohinton Mistry’s celebrated, Booker-shortlisted novel, A Fine Balance is a sweeping panorama of India’s tumultuous State of Emergency, punctuated with breathtaking moments of human compassion, spirit and heroism.

A monumental saga of ordinary people resilient through extraordinary change, this vibrant and thought-provoking play sees history come to life – and the stories of the voiceless resonate more powerfully than ever. Don’t miss this epic theatre event.

Prayas, Aotearoa's leading South Asian theatre company, is committed to promoting South Asian talent. We are excited to reach out to a new audience by presenting alongside Auckland Theatre Company this enduring tale of the human spirit in an inhuman state.

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“A magnificent piece of storytelling.”

– The Guardian

Please find more information and tickets here.

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Six Degrees of Separation
Jun
15
to 7 Jul

Six Degrees of Separation

The MiNDFOOD season of

Six Degrees of Separation

By John Guare
Directed by Colin McColl
Starring Jennifer Ward-Lealand

14-29 August, 2019
ASB Waterfront Theatre, Wynyard Quarter
www.atc.co.nz

Suave and sophisticated, wealthy Manhattan art dealers Flan and Ouisa Kittredge are all about keeping up appearances in high-society New York. But suddenly their world of comfort and respectability is turned upside down.

Only once they begin to piece together the truth do the cracks in the veneer come into sharp relief – and with it, a whirlwind introduction to the question of human connection.

A cultural touchstone, Six Degrees of Separation not only gave rise to a popular modern catchphrase but also stunned audiences with its blistering satire of class and race relations in 1991. Adapted into an acclaimed film, this multi Tony Award-winning work has lost none of its brilliant intellect and whip-smart humour – and, viewed today, is more strikingly relevant than ever. Book now to experience the play everyone will be talking about.

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“Crackling dialogue and taut structure.”

– Hollywood Reporter

Please find more information and images here.

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Jun
15
to 7 Jul

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

The Kensington Swan season of

Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Benjamin Henson

11-26 September, 2019
ASB Waterfront Theatre, Wynyard Quarter
www.atc.co.nz

What if two minor characters in Hamlet were given centre stage? In a dashing reversal of misfortune, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet’s student friends, now find themselves as the headline act in Shakespeare’s greatest play. There’s still no escaping their fate as pawns in Hamlet’s game of thrones, but before they are outwitted, the duo grab the spotlight and seize the moment as fearlessly funny commentators on their absurd predicament and the chaos of the universe.

From Oscar-winning playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), this immensely innovative work is a fresh inside-out perspective on Shakespeare and the comedy of tragedy itself. Delivered in a bantering, bickering style with wit and wisdom to burn, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is one of the savviest plays ever conceived – a dazzlingly irreverent modern classic every theatre lover must see.

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“Stoppard’s classic fizzes with life”

– The Guardian

Please find more information and tickets here.

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Bill Bryson - Observations on life and the human body
Sep
14
7:30 PM19:30

Bill Bryson - Observations on life and the human body

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BILL BRYSON – OBSERVATIONS ON LIFE AND THE HUMAN BODY

LIVE ON STAGE

Best known for his wickedly sassy travel books, Bill Bryson undertook the gigantean task of providing a layman’s take on science in the best-selling A Short History of Nearly Everything. For the past three years Bill Bryson has been taking a good long look at the human body. The result - his latest soon-to-be-released tome The Body; A Guide for Occupants.

Bill Bryson returns to Australia and New Zealand in September for a series of stage events in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, titled Bill Bryson – Observations on Life and the Human Body, Live on Stage, presented by Lateral Events. Tickets go on sale on Friday 1 March at 12 noon.

With his matchless homing instinct for the funniest and quirkiest, his unerring eye for the idiotic, the endearing, the ridiculous and the scandalous, Bryson will exercise his razor-sharp wit in sharing his globe-trotting travel experiences, his forays into science and his latest endeavour - the human body, live on stage.

Joining Bryson on stage in the role of host will be French-born Australian television presenter, radio host, actress, singer, writer and comedian Julia Zemiro. Zemiro is best known as the host of the musical quiz RocKwiz, co-host of the ABC’s Star Gazing Live with Prof Brian Cox and for her own show for ABC TV, Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery.

Bryson said, “We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. The idea is simply to try to understand the extraordinary contraption that is us. What I learned is that we are infinitely more complex and wondrous, and often more mysterious, than I had ever suspected. There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.”

More information at lateralevents.com/public-events/bill-bryson-2019/

Media enquiries, contact IP Publicity, Whitney Erickson at whitney@ippublicity.com.au or 0402 322 872 or Ian Phipps at ian@ippublicity.com.au or 0419 977 649

BILL BRYSON – OBSERVATIONS ON LIFE AND THE HUMAN BODY

Date: Saturday 14 September at 7.30pm

Venue: ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

Bookings: 0800 111 999 or ticketmaster.co.nz 

ABOUT BILL BRYSON

Bill Bryson OBE is an Anglo-American author of books on travel, the English language, science, the human body and other non-fiction topics. Born in Des Moines, Iowa in the United States, he has been a resident of Britain for most of his adult life, returning to the United States between 1995 – 2003. 

Bryson came to prominence with the publication of Notes from a Small Island (1995) and its accompanying television series. He received widespread recognition again with the publication of A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), a book widely acclaimed for its accessible communication of science. In 2005 Bryson succeeded Sir Peter Ustinov as chancellor of Durham University, a position he held until 2011. 

Recent books have included At home: A Short History of Private Life, One Summer: America 1927 and The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island.

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“There really is no story more amazing than the story of us.”

– Bill Bryson

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Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival
Oct
4
to 20 Oct

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival

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NEW TAIRĀWHITI ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST EVENT IN 2019 PROGRAMME

New Zealand’s newest arts festival, Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival, has revealed the first event in its inaugural programme.

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is the Gisborne region’s new major festival and flagship contemporary arts and cultural event, taking place for the first time in October this year. The event celebrates what it means to be of Tairāwhiti and of Aotearoa.

From 4-20 October 2019, Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival will deliver more than 70 exceptional live performance events by over 400 performers, from both New Zealand and all over the world.

It is a rich, diverse and thoughtful arts festival which reflects and celebrates the people of Tairāwhiti, and further affirms the region’s strong position in the creative landscape of Aotearoa.  

With a programme packed full of paid and free events taking places across the region, Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival will premiere film, theatre, music, kapa haka, dance, story-telling, experiences and fun-for-all-the-whānau festivities.

The inaugural Festival Director Tama Waipara says, “Anchored in Tūranga-nui-ā-Kiwa/ Gisborne our Festival celebrates our whakapapa connections right around the coast, from Pōtaka to Mōhaka. This Festival will centre itself in the heart of the East Cape, but stretch its arms far and wide; globally acclaimed, proudly local and unashamedly accessible.

“We will celebrate the first stories of our whenua, and our whakapapa connections across the Pacific. We want people to know who we are and where we come from. We want to champion the stories and voices of our place amidst the most glorious backdrop of our home, Te Tairāwhiti.

“When you think of the wealth of talent connected to Tairāwhiti, you come to realise that our creativity as a region provides connection for all New Zealanders, both here and overseas. We see Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival as an opportunity to celebrate that.

“Tairāwhiti also boasts the highest number of Te Reo Māori speakers in the country. My own personal journey with te reo Māori is deepened by living in a community where the vibrancy and potency of language flourishes.

“We’re very proud of the journey we’ve taken so far, and even more excited to welcome people to our place in October,” Waipara says.

The first show to be announced in the 2019 Tairāwhiti Arts Festival is a new work by respected actor and playwright Nancy Brunning, Witi’s Wāhine, based on excerpts and characters from Witi Ihimaera stories.

Developed and written by Brunning and produced by Hāpai Productions with the blessing, support and guidance of Witi Ihimaera and his whānau, this new New Zealand play shines a light on the female characters in Ihimaera stories, including Pounamu, Pounamu; Waituhi; The Matriarch; Medicine Woman; Woman Far Walking; Whale Rider; Bulibasha; The Dream Swimmer; Sky Dancer and Parihaka Woman.

Brunning says, “Witi has always acknowledged that the women in his life are the reason he had stories to tell. Wāhine Māori are so often dumbed down for the big screen and many have their stories altered or diminished in order to bring the male characters into the spotlight. They are portrayed as leaders by default rather than by design; they are the love interest not the hero; the support role not the lead; the victim not the instigator; the destroyer not the nurturer; or are so sacred they are inaccessible.

“Our young women need honest role models and support in navigating the complex, raw and real messages they have been given about our wāhine Māori. This play is about bringing forward wāhine and offering a chance for young women to come face to face with wāhine Māori performers presenting a wāhine Māori worldview.”

Waipara says, “This is a world premiere which honours a son of Te Tairāwhiti and the women whose lives and stories he has brought to life in award-winning books, plays and films.”

The full programme of events in the inaugural Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival will be announced in mid-2019.

For more information, images and interviews, please contact Siobhan Waterhouse at Mr Fahrenheit Publicity on siobhan@mrfahrenheit.nz or +64 22 126 4149.

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“Our creativity as a region provides connection for all New Zealanders.”

– Tama Waipara, Festival Director

Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival

From 4-20 October 2019, Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival will put a spotlight on the Gisborne region with more than 70 exceptional live performance events by over 400 performers, from both New Zealand and all over the world.

The region’s new flagship arts and culture event is a rich, diverse and thoughtful contemporary arts festival which reflects and celebrates the people of Tairāwhiti. Multi-artform, region-wide, and a mixture of paid and free events, shows and arts events, Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival’s kaupapa embraces the richness of the Gisborne region, celebrates the abundance of artistic excellence connected to Tairāwhiti, and recognises the region’s place in the creative landscape of Aotearoa.

The festival celebrates the remote nature of its location and uplifts the unique community spirit and geographic identity which defines not only the Tairāwhiti region, but also Aotearoa.

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Dawn
Oct
11
to 12 Oct

Dawn

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DAWN

Presented by Bayleys

Conductor Tianyi Lu
Cirque Performers The Dust Palace
Artistic Director Mike Edward 

After sell-out show Midnight in 2017, the APO is collaborating again with The Dust Palace, Auckland’s leading Circus Theatre company. 

In an enchanted realm a young warrior searches for her father before the darkness consumes him. Fighting back the shadows, she is pushed to the limits of her bravery. In the darkest hour, we all fear the morning might not arrive...

While our hero searches in the darkness, encountering magical creatures and a dazzling display of cirque artistry, the orchestra sets the scene. From the subtle drama of Handel’s beautiful Sarabande, to Respighi’s quirky portrait of ‘The Nightingale’ and meeting the new day with the most famous sunrise ever set to music, Grieg’s shimmering ‘Morning Mood’ from Peer Gynt.

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“A true ballet in the sky.”

– Theatrescenes

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About the Conductor

Tianyi Lu is making a name for herself across the continents as Assistant Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the St. Woolos Sinfonia in the UK. This international outset of her career includes collaborations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, just recently including a programme with Dvořáks Symphony No.9, and also with the Hallé Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Welsh National Youth Opera, Royal Welsh College of Music Symphony Orchestra, Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Lu’s repertoire interests include late romantic (Mahler, Bruckner, Strauss), Russian composers (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky) as well as finding new interpretations of the Germanic canon (Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms). Her experience in opera is building, especially in French and Italian repertoire. Her broad musical interests and her passion for contemporary music led to her studying electronic music composition as well as to studies in baroque flute, viola da gamba and harpsichord. She has been involved in the Sistema Aotearoa programme in New Zealand, inspired by the Venezuelan model, and she is strongly committed to education and outreach projects.

Born in Shanghai, Lu’s family subsequently moved to New Zealand. She completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland with Uwe Grodd and Karen Grylls, before studying at the University of Melbourne with John Hopkins. In 2015 Lu completed her Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting with Distinction at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she studied with David Jones

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Toku Reo Waiata
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Toku Reo Waiata

MASSIVE MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF TE REO MĀORI IN AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL IN MARCH

Tōku Reo Waiata
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
Saturday 16 March, 2019
More info here

One of the best ways to learn a language is through waiata. For one special night only, in the Auckland Arts Festival in March, audiences are invited to join some of the finest singers in Aotearoa as they turn up the volume, open their kete and share the joy and aroha of music and te reo Māori.

The centrepiece event of Auckland Arts Festival (AAF), Tōku Reo Waiata will celebrate our Māori language with an unforgettable evening of stars, songs and sing-along.

Auckland Arts Festival has a long heritage in producing super-sized sing-alongs, harking as far back as Everything is Kāpai in 2013. With their newly-renewed focus on the celebration and normalisation of te reo Māori in the 2019 festival, Tōku Reo Waiata will take this legacy to new heights.

Directed by musician and Director of Tairāwhiti Arts Festival Tama Waipara, the astounding line-up of New Zealand musicians includes Annie Crummer, Hinewehi Mohi, Moana Maniapoto, Maisey Rika, Rob Ruha, Tami Neilson and Seth Haapu, with more to be announced later.

Don’t miss out on one of the biggest parties of the 2019 Te Ahurei Toi O Tāmakai Makarau.

The full AAF 2019 programme is here.

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Annie Crummer, Hinewehi Mohi, Moana Maniapoto, Maisey Rika, Rob Ruha, Tami Neilson, Seth Haapu and more

Tōku Reo Waiata
Presented by Auckland Arts Festival
Supported by Te Puni Kokiri and Stout Trust

DATES
8.00pm, 16 March 2019

CREATIVES
Creative Director:
Tama Waipara
Featuring: Stan Walker, Maisey Rika, Rob Ruha, Tami Neilson, Annie Crummer, MOana Maniapoto, Hinewehi Mohi, Whirimako Black, Maimoa, Seth Haapu

TICKETS
A Res / Conc $65 / $59
B Res / Conc $55 / $49
C Res $45

LOCATION
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

BOOKINGS
www.aaf.co.nz

DURATION
1hour 30mins  no interval

AUDIENCE
Accessible song sheets available: braille, large print and screen reader friendly

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Jelly or Jam
Mar
17
3:30 AM03:30

Jelly or Jam

JELLY OR JAM

16 & 17 March, 2019
Spiegeltent, Aotea Square
www.aaf.co.nz

More info and tickets here

Have you ever seen a giant block of jelly, wobbly, jiggly and strong enough to stand on?

Jelly and acrobatics are a wild combination. In the gooeyest kids’ show at the Auckland Arts Festival in March, playing with food is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. And if that food is jiggly, wiggly, red jelly…even better!

Jelly or Jam is a fun-filled family show performed by award-winning husband and wife team, Jascha Boyce and Joren Dawson.

Inspired by interviews with kids about what emotions are and how people feel them, this New Zealand premiere examines the control we have over our individuality, asking the question, “What makes you, you?”

This brilliant piece of theatre for young people is filled with real stories about being a kid, while testing the physical limits of two giant blocks of jelly. Boyce and Dawson are not afraid to ask the big questions about life and identity while mushing gelatinous mounds through their toes, juggling blobs of jiggly jelly and performing acrobatic feats which have thrilled young and old alike in previous seasons, including this year’s Adelaide Fringe.

A morning of theatre that has been described by one parent as “G-rated jelly wrestling”, this 50-minute show is sure to be everyone’s jam. It plays two performances at the Speigeltent at Aotea Square on 16 and 17 March.

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“G-rated jelly wrestling.”

– Parent

Jelly or Jam
Ampersand

DATES
10.30am, Sat 16 & Sun 17 March 2019

CAST
Concept + producers + performers: Jascha Boyce & Joren Dawson
Creative Associate: Darcy Grant
Design: Geoff Cobham
Provocateurs/outside eyes: David Eriksson & Tilda Cobham- Hervey
Original music: Mikey Lira & Elliot Zoerner
Interviews: Lennie, Otto, Jasper, Kitty, Jai, Jaya & Willow

TICKETS
GA $15

LOCATION
Spiegeltent, Aotea Square

BOOKINGS
www.aaf.co.nz

DURATION
50mins no interval

AUDIENCE
Recommended for all ages

REVIEWS

“Children in the audience we entranced throughout the show, thanks to its structure and pacing, and adults were most likely in awe, both of the skills but also of the seemingly unbreakable bond these two performers must have in their relationship, as a result of creating this work that demands such intense focus and trust between them both.” – theadelaideshow.com.au

★★★★ ½ “A celebration of curiosity, wonder, exploration, and being completely present and physically in touch with the world around us.” - Adelaide Show

A wonderful way to not only introduce young children to the world of acrobats, but to theatre as well. “ - Broadway World

★★★★ “No matter what age you are, this show will be your jam” - Scenstr

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Silkroad Ensemble
Mar
15
1:00 PM13:00

Silkroad Ensemble

WORLD MUSIC SUPER GROUP SILKROAD ENSEMBLE MAKES ITS NEW ZEALAND DEBUT AT AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL IN MARCH

For the first time, the international musicians of the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble will perform their genre-defying music in New Zealand.

For one night only at the Auckland Arts Festival in March, the dynamic, ever-evolving super group will present a never-to-be-seen-again concert which converges centuries, continents and cultures. The repertoire will include popular jazz; traditional Vietnamese, Chinese and Kazakh music; Finnish folk song; Jugalbandi (Indian classical) and much more.

Founded by superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Silkroad Ensemble is a collective of virtuoso musicians from over 20 countries. Its work is a vibrant, passionate and ecstatic celebration of world music, both instrumental and vocal, performed by outstanding contemporary musicians representing dozens of instrumental disciplines and artistic traditions. They were inspired by the rich musical language borne from cultural differences.

Their performances are endlessly energetic and filled with fun.

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“A joyous revelation.”

– Wall Street Journal

The Ensemble performs throughout the world and has recorded seven albums. Its Grammy Award-winning album Sing Me Home was developed and recorded alongside the 2016 documentary feature about Silkroad, The Music of Strangers.

Silkroad Ensemble musicians are also teachers, producers and advocates. Off the stage, they lead passionate learning programs, residencies in schools, museums and communities of all sizes, and experiment with new media and genres which share Silkroad’s radical approach to cultural collaboration.

The musicians coming to Auckland Arts Festival includes two of Silkroad’s co-artistic directors — Jeffrey Beecher on bass and multi-percussionist Shane Shanahan — internationally acclaimed Galician bagpipe master and classical pianist Cristina Pato, pioneering cellist Mike Block, multi-talented percussionist Mark Suter, Indian tabla player Sandeep Das, violist Mario Gotoh, Wu Tong, who has played the sheng and suona since he was five, and Kayhan Kalhor who is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (spiked fiddle), among others.

The performers take time off from their roles in the world’s best orchestras and as pre-eminent academics at some of the leading music schools across the globe to tour with Silkroad Ensemble.

Tickets on sale now via Ticketmaster.

The full AAF 2019 programme is here.

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Backbone
Mar
15
to 18 Mar

Backbone

BACKBONE
Gravity & Other Myths (Australia)

14-17 March 2019
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
www.aaf.co.nz

More info and tickets here

The collective is perfectly named and witnessing them in action will have you scooping your jaw off the floor so often that by about halftime you'll think, screw it, it can stay down there. – themusic.com.au

In less than a decade, Adelaide-based acrobatic company Gravity & Other Myths has rocketed to stellar acclaim across the world, with a number of disarming and accomplished circuses. They will be making their debut in Tāmaki Makaurau as part of the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival in March with their latest sensation, Backbone.

After completing an eight-month world tour in 2018, and following recent performances at the Cirque Noel Festival in Graz, Austria, Backbone is a circus which goes straight for the jugular and leaves no viewer – whether young, old or in-between – unmoved.

Elegantly staged, Backbone is a celebration of human connectedness and a study of strength. Sexy but sincere, raw yet utterly disciplined, conceptually brilliant and awesomely athletic, Backbone is proof that performers can’t do the impossible without a little elbow grease and a lot of sweat.

Gravity & Other Myths is an internationally renowned circus company which pushes the boundaries of contemporary circus. Formed in Adelaide in 2009, their honest approach to performance creates shows which focus on human connection and acrobatic virtuosity.

Backbone is directed by Darcy Grant who is a graduate of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, the company who brought their marvellous kids’ show JUNK to the 2018 Auckland Arts Festival. He is also a founding member of Brisbane’s famous circus company C!rca.

Gravity & Other Myths are Australia’s longest performing  circus ensemble. They know and trust each other intently, which is excellent given they spend most of the show tumbling, somersaulting and flying, in multi-person towers, as human skipping ropes and in other immensely and collaboratively treacherous situations.

Auckland Arts Festival Artistic Director, Jonathan Bielski says, “Backbone is a masterpiece of modern circus. I thought I’d seen everything there was to see until I went to this. It’s not just for families, kids, and circus and theatre-lovers, Backbone is a show for thrill-seekers.”

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

The full AAF 2019 programme is at www.aaf.co.nz.  

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“Circus, as you’ve never seen it before.”

– InDaily

Backbone
Gravity & Other Myths

DATES
14-17 March, 2019

CREATIVES
Ensemble:
Jacob Randell, Jascha Boyce, Lachlan Binns, Mieke Lizotte, Lewie West, Martin Schreiber, Joanne Curry, Lachlan Harper, Lewis Rankin, Jackson Manson
Composers/Musicians: Elliot Zoerner and Shenton Gregory
Director: Darcy Grant
Set and Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Producer: Craig Harrison
Creative Associate: Triton Tunis-Mitchell

TICKETS
Premium $69
A Reserve Full $59 Concession $53 Child $39
B Reserve Full $49 Concession $43 Child $31
C Reserve Full $ 39 Child $22
Recommended for ages 8+                         

LOCATION
ASB Theatre, Aotea Square

BOOKINGS
www.aaf.co.nz

DURATION
1hr 20 mins no interval

REVIEWS
“Magnetic world premiere, a perfect combination of fluidity, mettle and danger … The sheer strength of body and character needed to round out this frenzied performance demonstrates a discipline and camaraderie, rarely seen on stage. Simply a joy to watch.” – Limelight Magazine

“Circus, as you’ve never seen it before, pushed to its conceptual and cerebral limits. A genre-defying, thought-provoking, visual extravaganza … so intensely beautiful it makes you proud to be human.” – InDaily

“A glorious flow of action and reaction … The acrobatics are eloquent and sensational, full of original twists.” -  The Advertiser

“A complex performance that wouldn’t be out of place on the world stage.” – The Adelaide Review

“The performers’ agility and stamina are beyond impressive. The trust they must have in each other and their absolute focus and understanding of limits is nothing short of spectacular. This is a new kind of circus.” – The Barefoot Review

HELPMANN AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Best New Australian Work
Best Choreography
Best Lighting Design

RUBY AWARD NOMINATION:
Excellence in Innovation

AUSTRALIAN DANCE AWARD WINNER:
Outstanding Achievement in Physical Theatre

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A Man of Good Hope
Mar
15
to 19 Mar

A Man of Good Hope

A MAN OF GOOD HOPE

A Young Vic and Isango Ensemble Production
Co-produced by the Royal Opera, Repons, BAM and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

14 -18 March 2019
ASB Waterfront Theatre
www.aaf.co.nz

More info and tickets here

Journey to the heart of Africa and be uplifted by this extraordinary true story, brought to life by the most irresistible music.

Exclusive to Auckland Arts Festival 2019, after playing to audiences across Africa, the UK and Europe as well as triumphant seasons in New York and London, A Man of Good Hope is an epic large-scale theatre production with 22 performers who tell, sing and dance the remarkable true story of Asad, an eight-year-old who must escape the ravages of civil war in his home of Somalia.

A Man of Good Hope is storytelling at its most potent. It follows the two-steps-forward-one-step-back of a young man who is repeatedly thwarted as he tries to build a life for himself. After a series of set-backs, Asad learns to rely on his own street-smarts and knack for business. He hustles his way from a refugee camp to the shantytowns of Ethiopia, and ultimately sets his sights on the bright lights of South Africa. But the tough reality of the promised land sends this resilient hero on a whole new, perilous adventure.

Energised by the joyous sounds and swagger of acclaimed South African company, Isango Ensemble, A Man of Good Hope is a gripping piece of musical theatre set within the most urgent humanitarian crisis facing the world today. It is a powerful and hopeful odyssey of forced migration, stunningly bought to the stage by an electrifying cast of performers.

Isango Ensemble is an award-winning South African theatre company. A collection of both classically trained and untrained singers and performers, coming predominantly from the townships surrounding Cape Town, Isango’s stage productions and films often draw on classic stories of the western canon. Since premiering in London in 2016, audiences’ responses to A Man of Good Hope have been overwhelming, celebrating it for its power and resonance.

A Man of Good Hope is a stage adaptation of Jonny Steinberg’s 2015 thrilling book of the same name. A South African writer, Steinberg has a string of awards to his name, and is feted for his stories of everyday South Africans caught in the turmoil of a country’s transition to democracy.

A Man of Good Hope is one of the headlining productions of the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival. It plays 14 to 18 March 2019 at ASB Waterfront Theatre in Wynyard Quarter.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

The full AAF 2019 programme is here.

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“Bursting with life, this is a full-blooded hymn to hope.”

– Daily Mail (UK)

A MAN OF GOOD HOPE

Isango Ensemble / Young Vic
Based on the book by Jonny Steinberg
Directed by Mark Dornford-May
Presented by Auckland Arts Festival by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia

DATES
14 – 18 March, 2019

Based on the book by Jonny Steinberg
Director Mark Dornford-May
Conductor Mandisi Dyantyis
Music Direction Mandisi Dyantyis & Pauline Malefane
Movement Lungelo Ngamlana
Lighting Mannie Manim
Speech & Dialogue Lesley Nott Manim
International Producer Claire Bejanin

TICKETS
Premium $99
A Reserve Full $89 Concession $83
B Reserve Full, $69 Concession, $63

LOCATION
ASB Waterfront Theatre

BOOKINGS
www.aaf.co.nz

DURATION
2 hours 30 mins incl. interval

AUDIENCE
Recommended for ages 10+
Contains loud noises and adult themes

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “Bursting with life, this is a full-blooded hymn to hope.” Daily Mail (UK)

★★★★ “Isango Ensemble’s musical has marvellous songs and breathtaking acting” The Observer (UK)

★★★★ “A terrific slice of musical theatre – this fiercely topical show is a real treat” Mail on Sunday (UK)

★★★★ "Glorious, vibrant musical theatre that speaks to the biggest concern of our age" Financial Times (UK)

★★★★ “An extraordinary, magical piece of theatre – all politicians should go” The Times (UK)

★★★★ "Exhilarating and inspired – I urge everyone to see this show" The Guardian (UK)

★★★★ "Heartbreaking, with dynamic choreography and beautiful music" Time Out (UK)

★★★★ "A gorgeous score that bubbles with life - profoundly stirring" The Independent (UK)

★★★★ "Powerful and vivid, Asad's story unfolds in joyous ensemble singing" Evening Standard (UK)

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By Heart
Mar
14
to 17 Mar

By Heart

WORDS HAVE THE POWER TO TRANSFORM WHEN THEY ARE LEARNED BY HEART

13 – 16 March 2019
Loft, Q Theatre
www.aaf.co.nz

More info and tickets here

Can poetry bring hope? Audiences at the Auckland Arts Festival in March are invited to find out, first-hand.

Written and performed by Portuguese playwright, actor and director of Portugal’s Teatro Nacional D.Maria II Tiago Rodrigues, and presented exclusively as part of the Auckland Arts Festival in March, By Heart is an immersive and affecting theatrical experience in which Rodrigues invites 10 audience members to learn Shakespeare’s Sonnet 30, by heart, live on stage.

While the famous sonnet about nostalgia and regret is being memorised, Rodrigues leads the participants and the audience through a series of illuminating intergenerational stories about famous writers, fictional characters and, most profoundly of all, his grandmother, who inspired the piece.

When she was 93 years-old, Tiago Rodrigues' grandmother, who had spent her working life as a humble cook, learned she was rapidly losing her eyesight. Doctors were unable to offer any treatment. With the loss of her sight came the loss of one of her greatest loves: reading.

Fearing she'd be too old to learn braille, and having a passion for learning things by heart—songs, recipes, poems—she decided she needed to memorize one entire book before she became completely blind.

Rodrigues’ Grandmother grew up in a small village in northern Portugal during the first half of the 20th century and never received a formal education, but she loved and devoured the written word and passed that appetite along to her children and grandchildren. One of those grandchildren, Tiago, would bring her boxes of books when he came to visit. And so she entrusted him with the mission to select the last book she'd ever read. After a few weeks of searching, he found the perfect book.

Playing at the Loft, Q Theatre from March 13 – 16, By Heart is an ode to language and literature. Rodrigues’ beautiful, deceptively simple play gets to the heart of what connects us as humans, the value of ideas in art and revolution, and the wonders of memory and memorisation.

A moving theatrical experience that will touch hearts and souls, and remind us all of the sheer power of words.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster

The full AAF 2019 programme is here.

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“So deep, so intelligent and so magnificent that we come out of it profoundly moved.”

– Le Figaro

By Heart
Written and performed by Tiago Rodrigues
By arrangement with Arts Projects Australia

DATES
13 – 16 March 2019

CREATIVES

written and performed by Tiago Rodrigues
Text with fragments and quotes by William Shakespeare, Ray Bradbury, George Steiner, Joseph Brodsky, among others
set, props and costume Magda Bizarro
english translation Tiago Rodrigues, revised by Joana Frazão
executive production on the original creation Magda Bizarro, Rita Mendes
a production Teatro Nacional D. Maria II after an original creation by the company Mundo Perfeito
co-producers O Espaço do Tempo, Maria Matos Teatro Municipal

CAST
Tiago Rodrigues

LOCATION
Loft, Q Theatre

BOOKINGS
www.aaf.co.nz

DURATION
1hr 30mins to 2hrs no interval

TICKETS
General admission $55
Concession $49

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Camille O'Sullivan - Cave
Mar
14
12:30 PM12:30

Camille O'Sullivan - Cave

LOVE LETTER TO NICK CAVE IN AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL IN MARCH

Camille O’Sullivan sings the songs of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

13 March 2019
The Civic
www.aaf.co.nz

More info and tickets are here

The Irish-French singer and storyteller-in-song Camille O’Sullivan will return to New Zealand as part of the 2019 Auckland Arts Festival in March with Cave, a new show devoted entirely to the music of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

O’Sullivan tours the world interpreting, with her powerful voice and intoxicating charisma, the dark and bittersweet narrative songs of artists, including Tom Waits, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Radiohead and Kurt Weill, among others.

In this stunning new show, Camille explores the dark and light of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds music. In her dangerous yet fragile theatrical style, Camille embarks on a personal discovery of a man of many guises; violent, beautiful, logical, crazy, devout, troubled and religious.

An award-winning singer and actor who was once referred to as the ‘Queen of the Edinburgh Fringe’ by the BBC, O’Sullivan was inspired to create the show after gathering worldwide acclaim for her rendition of the tender ballad The Ship Song.

A favourite of Yoko Ono, Jools Holland and Auckland concert-goers alike, O’Sullivan has seduced audiences around the world with her sultry, spellbinding performances of statement-making music.

In 2015, Camille won the Australian Helpmann Award for her Sydney Festival shows and a ‘Best Music’ Argus Award at The Brighton Festival. She has previously won best music awards at Dublin and Melbourne Festivals and a Spirit of the Fringe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She was once named Irish Tatler’s Woman of the Year in Music and performed the songs of Radiohead with a 40-piece orchestra at the 2015 Wilderness Festival in the UK to great acclaim.

Since her New Zealand debut in the raucous cabaret-circus La Clique in 2009, Camille’s interpretations of narrative songs have built her a strong following.

O’Sullivan’s self-proclaimed love-letter to Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Cave is a passionate, unique interpretation of brilliant music which will raise the roof of the mighty Civic for one night only on 13 March 2019

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

The full AAF 2019 programme is here.

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“Ravishing...a superb performance”

– The Guardian

Cave
Camille O’Sullivan performs The Songs of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

DATES
13 March 2019
Camille O’Sullivan on stage at 7.30pm

CREATIVES
Created by
Camille O’Sullivan and Fergal Murray
Co-directed by Annie Ryan
Musical arrangements by Fergal Murray and Camille O’Sullivan
Lighting and audio-visual design by Joe Fletcher

CAST
Vocalist
Camille O’Sullivan
Musical director/Pianist Fergal Murray
Drums Paul Byrne Drums
Guitar Steve Fraser
Multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Glasson

TICKETS
Premium $79
A Reserve $69 Full Price, $63 Concession
B Reserve $59  Full Price, $53 Concession
C Reserve $49

LOCATION
The Civic

BOOKINGS
www.aaf.co.nz

DURATION
90 mins, no interval

REVIEWS

★★★★★ “She treats every song as an intense emotional journey…hypnotic… such an outpouring of passion you can't resist being drawn into her web” – The Independent

★★★★★ “When she sings it’s as though her breath is soaked in paraffin; one spark, and the whole room would ignite.” - Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “Ravishing...a superb performance.” - The Guardian

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Four Tet
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Four Tet

Auckland Arts Festival presents

FOUR TET

13 March 2019
Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall
www.aaf.co.nz

More info and tickets here

For the first time in New Zealand since 2014 and following the release of the brand-spanking album New Energy, the boundary-pushing electronica act Four Tet will play one night only at the Auckland Arts Festival in March.

Prolific and immensely talented DJ and producer Four Tet, also known as Kieran Hebden, has set the standard for electronic music for over 20 years with his eclectic body-of-work incorporating soulful, organic beats that slide effortlessly between cosmic jazz, moody techno, innovative hip-hop and big bass bangers.

Hebden’s smart, progressive brand of electronica has seen him hailed as “one of the 21st-century’s finest electronic musicians” (Pitchfork), thrust into exciting collaborations with the likes of Skrillex and Rihanna, and tour the world in constant demand at the biggest music festivals.

With a fan base that runs from electronica devotees to indie buffs and experimental folk music fanatics, Four Tet skilfully blends ambient washes, hip-hop, jazz, folk and dance music beats. A master of his craft, and of the stage, his hypnotic minimalist DJ sets have become the stuff of legend. Shifting between laptops and gadgets with meticulous accuracy and his mesmeric style, Hebden will play a live set of truly ecstatic electronic music on 13 March at The Town Hall.

Tickets are on sale now, here. The full AAF 2019 programme is here.

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“Heady and electronic, spacy and gravity-free.”

– Pitchfork

Four Tet

DATE
13 March 2019

TICKETS
General Admission Standing $89 | Concession $82
Four Tet on stage at 8.00pm

LOCATION
The Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

BOOKINGS
www.aaf.co.nz

REVIEWS
“Heady and electronic, spacy and gravity-free.” — Pitchfork
“One of the most innovative people working in electronic music right now.” - ABC News

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Rhye
Mar
12
8:30 PM20:30

Rhye


Auckland Arts Festival presents

RHYE

12 March, 2019
Spiegeltent, Aotea Square

Track OPEN from the album Woman - 44 million views
Track SONG FOR YOU from the new album Blood - 1.4 million views
Track COUNT TO FIVE

More info and tickets here

Dream pop collective RHYE will touchdown in NZ for an exclusive show as part of the Auckland Arts Festival in March.

Shrouded in mystery, the group first surfaced setting the Internet abuzz with ambiguous imagery, sophisticatedly sensual music videos and a distinctive, and now famous, falsetto.

Following the runaway online success of two initial singles, the critically acclaimed debut album Woman (Loma Vista Recordings) was released in 2013 and lauded by critics from Pitchfork (“Best New Album”) to The Guardian and New York Times.

Gifted songwriting, breathtaking vocals and deft instrumental arrangements combine to create an intoxicating blend of R&B influenced, deeply emotive music making the album a staple for provoking intimate moments. A mosaic of emotive piano keys, physical percussion, buzzing analog synths and expansive vocals, RHYE find humanity in musicality.

Since the release of Woman, RHYE has toured relentlessly, establishing a devoted global fan base and enrapturing crowds in theatres and at festivals worldwide, including riveting sets at Coachella and Pitchfork Paris amongst many others.

Originally a duo conceived in the studio, RHYE has transformed into a collective led by vocalist and producer Milosh and elevated by a cast of accomplished multi-instrumentalists.

As the band began writing new material, the expansive live show indelibly impacted the music for their second full-length album Blood, released February 2nd, 2018, resulting in a warmer, more organic sound. It’s a new beginning and a new musical experience. It’s RHYE.

Playing one show only at the Spiegeltent, Aotea Square on 12 March, RHYE’s rich emotions, soft, yearning vocals and gorgeous, groove-worthy sounds demand to be heard in person.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

The full AAF 2019 programme is here

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“A sound that lingers long in the memory”

– Mojo

RHYE
8.30pm
12 March 2019

TICKETS
General Admission $75
Concession $69
RHYE on stage at 9.30pm

LOCATION
Spielgeltent, Aotea Square

BOOKINGS
www.aaf.co.nz

REVIEWS
“RHYE boasts a sound that lingers long in the memory” - Mojo

“Magnetic vocals, unshakable melodies, arrangements that are both delicate and robust...a triumph” - NME

“RHYE’s music is effortlessly intimate; seductive and shimmering.” - londoninstereo.com

FURTHER INFO

https://www.facebook.com/RhyeMusic

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The Magic Flute
Mar
2
to 4 Mar

The Magic Flute

AUCKLAND ARTS FESTIVAL PRESENTS BARRIE KOSKY’S  MAGNIFICENT THE MAGIC FLUTE

www.aaf.co.nz
More info and tickets here

A breath-taking, widely-loved and fantastically fun contemporary interpretation of the opera masterpiece, Mozart's The Magic Flute will make its New Zealand debut in the Auckland Arts Festival in March.

Since premiering in 2012, the brilliant and vastly-popular production by Berlin’s Komische Oper, which fuses the virtuosity of live opera with grand-scale, animated tableaux, has blown audiences away, won international opera awards, accumulated rapturous reviews and played to over half a million people in 22 cities across the world.

The Magic Flute is co-directed by Komische Oper’s Artistic Director Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade from outstanding British performance company 1927. Together with animator Paul Barritt, the theatrical masterminds have created a thrilling, imaginative new world for the most performed opera of all time.

The production, in which the film animation interacts with superb live singers, evokes the enchantment of Buster Keaton’s silent movies, the dark underbelly of Tim Burton and Nosferatu, and the whimsy and humour of early animated cartoons like Felix the Cat and Betty Boop.

Photo credit: Iko Freese / drama-berlin.de

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“You must see it to believe it.”

– Los Angeles Daily News

Billows of smoke that morph into images, giant spiders, elephants splashing around in cocktail glasses, flying flutes, dancing bells and a really big monster…nothing is impossible in this unique blend of German expressionism and British humour, of cabaret and music hall, and of animation and live performance.

To bring home the scale of this epic event, a cast and crew of over 120 people will travel to Aotearoa with the show.

The original The Magic Flute has played to sell out audiences since it was first staged in 1791, eight weeks before Mozart’s death. On one level it is a fairy tale of a damsel in distress and the handsome prince who rescues her, however, beneath the surface, the story explores the layers of human experience, the quest for enlightenment and the search for knowledge, justice, wisdom and truth.

Auckland Arts Festival Artistic Director Jonathan Bielski says, “This show is an absolute knock-out. After its incredibly successful run across the world, there was no way we couldn’t include it in our 2019 Festival. It is a show for everyone and anyone, from young people to seasoned theatre-goers, and the fact that it is opera should not be a deterrent. Rather, a reason to go. It is inventive, hilarious and simply outstanding.”

Photo credit: Iko Freese / drama-berlin.de

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Joan
Feb
12
to 23 Feb

Joan

Tom Scott’s Ma & Da season, presented by Giltrap Audi

JOAN

Directed by Tim Gordon
Starring Ginette McDonald and Kate McGill

8-23 March, 2019
ASB Waterfront Theatre
www.atc.co.nz

Meet Joan: a tough, indomitable woman who’ll make you laugh and cry in equal measure. From humble beginnings in Ireland, to a new home in New Zealand with a brood of children, to factory work and homemaking in rural Feilding, her optimism for a simple life never wavered. But it was not all bread and roses for Joan, and looking back on her youth as an old woman many decades later, she experienced her fair share of hardships, too.

Tom Scott's second play, an essential companion piece to The Daylight Atheist, is a poignant and enthralling love letter to a mother from an ungrateful son. It’s also a sublime ode to motherhood: a compassionate yet unflinching portrayal of an extraordinary everywoman, whose guts and gusto echo the resilience of mums then and now.

Be swept along by the powerhouse Ginette McDonald, the comedic genius behind Lynn of Tawa, and her daughter Kate McGill, as old and young Joan respectively, in this play for the ages – a history of New Zealand and of one wonderful, wickedly funny woman whose delightful spirit will stay with you forever.

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“A modern NZ classic.”

- Theatreview

Please find more information and tickets here.

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Daylight Atheist
Feb
8
to 23 Feb

Daylight Atheist

Tom Scott’s Ma & Da season presented by Giltrap Audi

DAYLIGHT ATHEIST

Auckland Theatre Company
Starring Michael Hurst

7-23 March, 2019
ASB Waterfront Theatre
www.atc.co.nz

Ageing Irish raconteur Danny Moffat retreats from the harsh light of the world to his bedroom. There, under hoardings of old newspapers and beer bottles, he sorts through a lifetime of memories and regrets, from growing up as a boy in Ireland, to the hopes and disappointments of immigration to New Zealand, to the damage he inflicted on his wife and children. It’s a drunken rollicking yarn told with pain, humour and astonishing humility.

Satirical cartoonist Tom Scott’s wonderfully inventive play was a runaway success when it toured Australasia in 2004. Trading the political for the personal, Scott has drawn on the life of his own father, a man he never really knew, to create a fiercely funny and moving portrait of a deeply flawed yet charismatic bloke.

Performed with bravado and bravura by one of New Zealand’s most renowned actors, Michael Hurst, The Daylight Atheist probes at the broken heart of a family and reanimates it with comedy, pathos and charm. An unmissable Kiwi classic.

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“Has its audience roaring with laughter”

- The Age

Please find more information and tickets here

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Shh-Boom - The Koi Boys and the APO
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Shh-Boom - The Koi Boys and the APO

THE KOI BOYS RETURNED HOME TO SHIMMY WITH THE APO

Charismatic Kiwi trio The Koi Boys came home from their Australia base to present an evening of Motown classics and contemporary pop hits with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) in October.

Danny Faifai, Kevin Keepa and Ngahere "Nuz" Ngatai rose to fame after appearing on TV singing competition The Voice Australia. The first trio to perform on the show, they blew the judges away with their rendition of the 1954 rock 'n' roll classic ‘Shh-Boom’, and became a big hit with fans on both sides of the Tasman. When they were knocked out of the competition before the finals, the social media sphere erupted in outrage.

With a repertoire that spans Motown, funk, R ‘n’ B, pop and even cabaret, The Koi Boys delighted audiences with their smooth harmonies, slick moves and subtle humour.

A press day we organised for them produced more than a few laughs, some forgotten lyrics and three tired musicians. We’d do it all again in a heartbeat!

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“You do sometimes get mistaken for Sol3 Mio, don’t you?”

– Mike Puru, The Cafe

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Tauranga International Marathon 2017 & 2018
Sep
22
8:00 AM08:00

Tauranga International Marathon 2017 & 2018

TAURANGA INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

We did the PR for the Tauranga International Marathon (TIM) in its inaugural year in 2017 and again in 2018. Founded by Total Sport the TIM is a fast, flat and fun event that takes place from Mauao (Mount Maunganui) to Tauranga’s The Strand.

Our campaign focused on generating interest and entries in the Bay of Plenty and from across the country.

Our strategy was to hone in on the participants and their stories to generate real life stories. We also worked with TIM to implement a successful celebrity ambassador campaign for both events, which generated a lot of press interest, as well as their charity partner, Live More Awesome, which was also a cool media angle.

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"The event showcases the beautiful spaces and places Tauranga has to offer.”

– SunLive

Some examples of the scope of coverage:

Running family
Sun Live
Celebrity ambassador profile - Viarni Bright
Celebrity ambassador story - Viarni Bright
Celebrity ambassador news - Mike McRoberts
Ambassador story - Rachel Grunwell
Local news
Entrants - real life stories

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Rendered
Sep
18
to 3 Oct

Rendered

WORLD PREMIERE OF POLITICAL THRILLER EXPLORED NEW ZEALAND’S ROLE IN PEACE AND WAR

The Giltrap Audi season of Rendered - the latest work by award-winning New Zealand playwright, novelist and librettist Stuart Hoar - was a highly-anticipated, taut, torn-from-the-headlines thriller.

Premiering at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in 2018, Rendered is set in two locations - the Middle Eastern desert and New Zealand. In the Middle East, Major Aria and her mercenary accomplice are on a covert mission to meet a New Zealander who’s defected to ISIS with his Arab wife. Back home, at the Auckland Writers Festival, kindergarten teacher Miranda gets an offer she can’t refuse from a charming American visitor. Soon, these six characters, their lives and histories are inextricably entwined in web of intrigue, danger and espionage.

This exciting new piece of New Zealand theatre, starring Anna Jullienne and Fasitua Amosa, and Directed by Katie Wolfe, was programmed especially for September, in celebration and support of the inaugural New Zealand Theatre Month.

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“Taut, engaging and often amusing 90 minutes.”

Some examples of coverage achieved:
NZ Herald Arts
NZ Herald travel
NZ Herald 12 Questions
Stuff: At My Place
TV3 The Cafe
MiNDFOOD
NZ Herald
Express Magazine
Radio NZ
among others…

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James Morrison – a Celebration of Ella and Louis
Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

James Morrison – a Celebration of Ella and Louis

JAZZ LEGEND JAMES MORRISON AND STAR VOCALIST EMMA PASK CHANNELLED ELLA AND SATCHMO IN APO CONCERT

 Australian jazz legend James Morrison returned to New Zealand to play with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) in 2018, in a celebration of one of the best-known and most-loved collaborations of the jazz world. 

Following a sell-out concert with the APO in 2015, the internationally-renowned virtuoso trumpeter returns to New Zealand for Jaguar presents: James Morrison – a Celebration of Ella and Louis, in which he and exquisite Australian vocalist Emma Pask will celebrate the musical pairing of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. 

The two leading jazz performers will deliver a concert of enduring hits from the Great American songbook, including Basin Street Blues, I’ve Got the World on a String, Lazy River and the unforgettable Hello Dolly.

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“There are other reasons to play trumpet. I just can't think of a better one."

– James Morrison to the NZ Herald

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Cabaret de Paris
Jul
7
to 29 Aug

Cabaret de Paris

Following a hugely popular national tour in 2017, during which audiences went wild for the daring beauty of exquisitely talented and bejewelled dancers, Australian Parisian-themed burlesque show Cabaret de Paris returned to New Zealand in 2018 for seasons in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch

Cabaret De Paris is a stage spectacular which showcases and celebrates old-fashioned showgirl glamour, the skill of adagio dancers, aerial pole artistry, comedy circus performers, illusionists and its very famous cancan dancers.

Audiences get intoxicated by the charm of former Moulin Rouge star, Marissa Burgess – a legendary showgirl and the longest serving lead performer in the Moulin Rouge's 120-year history.

Needless to say, across the two national tours, we enjoyed setting up a diversity of press stories for the brilliant team of performers, with a spontaneous jump-split by one of the performers on TV3’s The Cafe being a particular highlight. Check some examples out below.

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“I’m pretty much Parisian.”

– Cabaret de Paris star, Marissa Burgess

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The APO Does Disco
Jun
14
7:30 PM19:30

The APO Does Disco

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra got disco fever

Beethoven took a back seat to Boney M and the BeeGees on 14 June when KBB Music presented APO Does Disco at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre.

Celebrating the enduring classics of the era that made platform shoes and leisure suits a dance floor staple, the APO were joined by singers Annie “More Than a Woman” Crummer, Laughton “Le Freak” Kora and Esther “Three Times a Lady” Stephens for this one-night-only disco inferno.

Conducted by David “Hot Stuff” Kay, APO Does Disco reimagining all the electrifying hits of the ‘70s with full orchestral arrangements, with songs including ‘Blame it on the Boogie’, ‘Stayin’ Alive’, ‘By the Rivers of Babylon’, ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘It’s Raining Men’

APO sourced every mirror ball in town to transform the Aotea Centre’s ASB Theatre into a Boogie Wonderland, and concertgoers were invited to dust off their flares and join in the fun.

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Coverage included:
TV3 The AM Show
NZ Herald
TV3 The Cafe
Radio NZ
Among others

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Prof. Brian Cox NZ tour 2017
Nov
6
to 7 Nov

Prof. Brian Cox NZ tour 2017

Professor Brian Cox toured the world in 2017, and we were lucky enough to do his publicity in NZ. A dauntingly smart but exceptionally nice man, it was a kind of a dream job. Best news is, he’s returning in 2019 and we get to do it all again!

Results included:
Live chat on Stuff
Interview on Stuff
TV3 the Project
The Spinoff
Radio NZ Saturday Morning with Kim Hill
NZ Herald
among others

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“I’d choose someone that I would like to talk to and then I’d dodge around the boxing arena and ask them things about their science instead of punching them.

– Prof. Brian Cox

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Billy Elliot the Musical
Oct
7
to 6 Dec

Billy Elliot the Musical

Auckland Theatre Company’s ASB season of Billy Elliot the Musical

We managed the campaign for Auckland Theatre Company’s hugely popular season of Billy Elliot - The Musical. We had loads of fun, from auditions to the resulting production, which christened the new ASB Waterfront Theatre in October 2016 with much excitement. Due to huge demand, the season was extended twice.

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“And suddenly I’m flying, flying like a bird"

– Billy Elliot

Examples of coverage included:
TVNZ Seven Sharp
Stuff - A time and a place
Stuff - leads cast
Newshub - audition story
NZ Herald - audition story
13th Floor
Dominion Post
North Shore Times
NZ Herald - Jodie Dorday
NZ Herald - “Meet Billy Elliot’s girlfriends”
Hutt News
along with many others.

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Opening of the ASB Waterfront Theatre
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Opening of the ASB Waterfront Theatre

We managed the publicity for the opening of the glorious ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. The campaign was over two years long, from announcement to opening, and it remains one of our favourite NZ campaigns to date.

The announcement included the unveiling of the extraordinary light installation by artist Leo Villareal, commissioned by the Edmiston Trust.

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The $36m ASB Waterfront Theatre opened 22 Sept, 2016

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