Contains Bad Language and Dirty Politics
“Any idiot can balance the books by selling the f**king furniture. Piss away the country’s assets on the Stock market”
1991, in a corporate conference room in Wellington. As $23 billion of New Zealand assets are flogged to the highest bidder and labour laws are rewritten, a union team renegotiates their contract with the company after it’s sold offshore. Polite tolerance between the parties turns to name-calling and petty point-scoring across the negotiating table before finally descending into betrayal, threats and illegal acts.
Wild Bees is the funny, vicious truth about New Zealand in the 1990’s. Passions boil over, allegiances are forged and broken and the consequences of economic theory are given a human, if not always pretty, face. Written by Phil Ormsby and directed by Stuart Devenie, Wild Bees stars Damien Avery, Jordan Blaikie, Alistair Browning, Alexander Campbell, Wesley Dowdell, Alex Ellis, Kevin Keys, Emma Newborn and Donogh Rees. Based on a true story. The Basement, 16 - 20 September. Tickets are $25 - $20, 10% discount for all union members, from www.iticket.co.nz
Trees Beneath The Lake
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In the aftermath of the global recession, former golden boy William Campbell's political dreams and financial practices have hit the rocks. Facing an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, he returns to his mother Nieve's Central Otago home in a last-ditch effort to salvage his marriage, fortune and reputation. However, the place is not what it used to be. Years ago the Campbells lost their battle to save the family orchard from being flooded beneath the waters of the Clyde Dam. Now, as Nieve's family reconvenes to fight for their future, the fiercely-proud matriarch accidentally shines a devastating new light on their past.
Arthur Meek is one of the most exciting new voices in New Zealand theatre. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Bruce Mason Award for Playwriting and, in the same year, became the third recipient of the Harriet Friedlander New York Residency. In 2011, his play On the Upside Down of the World was presented as part of Auckland Theatre Company's main bill and continues to tour arts festivals locally and throughout the world. In this world première, past and present collide and startling revelations rip through genteel pleasantries, as a family steels itself once more for a fight to hold onto the past. THE TREES BENEATH THE LAKE examines the fictions we tell ourselves and those we love in order to keep our personal stocks high. Urgent, relevant and dramatic. 4 - 27 September Maidment Theatre Starring Equity members Michael Hurst, Catherine Wilkin, Brooke Williams and Peter Hayden. Book Here.
Hubbub – noun: A chaotic din caused by a crowd of people. Every street in Auckland is swarming with stories. Pack your own and hop on a different sort of bus at Hubbub – a brand new devised play about this city and its people. Hubbub is an exploration of human interaction. It focuses on overheard conversations, awkward moments we can’t ignore, and glances we sneak when no-one is looking. It is a ride where all passengers are alone together, including you. Come and meet your city, your stalkers, and your potential future friends. After all, everyone has a secret to share. What’s yours? Hubbub is brought to you by an all-female ensemble featuring Willa Oliver (Camino Real), Moana McArtney (Shake It Up), Hannah Paterson (The Legacy Project), Alice Pearce (ATC Selecta), and Naomi Cohen (Camino Real). Directed by Cherie Moore. Lighting and sound designed by Amber Molloy, and multimedia by Lisa Fothergill from Wildboy Productions. Basement Theatre, 2 - 6 September Book Here.
Belleville is throbbing with nerve-wracking tension and slow-burn intensity, this is a gripping portrait of intimacy on the edge of collapse. Amy Herzog is the next big thing internationally and this latest work caused a big fuss at Steppenwolf in Chicago last year. We're stoked to celebrate the formidable talent of our own Equity Member Sophie Henderson in a breakout dramatic role as well as Equity Member Tawanda Manyimo. Directed by Equity Member Oliver Driver, and with a truly diversive cast, it opens at The Herald Theatre, 50 Mayoral Drive. (behind the Aotea Centre) 28 August to 20 September Book Here
Maori After Life
Mika , a constant advocate in New Zealand for the rights of performers and an outstanding performer himself, returns to The Basement from 1-4 July with his new show.
Only Mika does Burlesque Haka. Life, love, lust, and loss are embraced with stories spoken from the dark side. The sexiest thing you’ll experience with your clothes on! Dress to Express!
Equity members in Once on Chunuk Bair
Equity members Stephen Lovatt, Sam Snedden, Kevin Keys, Andrew Grainger, Tim Carlsen, Jordan Mooney, Wesley Dowdell, Oscar Wilson, Alex Walker star in the new ATC production, 'Once on Chunuk Bair'.