Help Hanelle and Taofia get their film made

hanelleEquity member Hanelle Harris and actor Taofia Pelesasa are the writer/director team behind a short film called "THE PROMISE OF PIHA".

They have a great cast that features some of the country's finest up and coming Polynesian talent and a great little crew involved ready to get stuck in to shoot this, most of which have worked on New Zealand's professional film and TV sets.


The story: White Sunday weekend has arrived at West Harbourview Union and the church is bustling in preparation. The congregation's pride and joy – Lumana’i youth group – are in full-flight as they rehearse for Sunday’s festivities, as usual they fill the church with effortless music and life. However, amidst the harmonies a young man PULE (Taofia Pelesasa) struggles with the reality that he will soon be leaving this – his future sealed as a pastor in training at the prestigious Bible College in Samoa.  But before he leaves, he must acknowledge a few truths, the most important of these is that he’s fallen in love.


Donate now on the NZ Actors Benevolent Fund website

nzabfThe New Zealand Actors Benevolent Fund is a non-for profit charity established in 2013 to provide assistance to professional performers, both young and old, who, due to injury, illness or disability are unable to work, either temporarily or in some cases for the rest of their lives.

The Fund – administered by the Fundraising Committee and Board – provides both financial and practical assistance to those in need. Medical expenses may be directly met by the Fund, pharmaceutical bills settled, or essential items purchased. In some cases, there may also be provision available for the care of children or family dependants of those performers in need.

A bond of confidentiality exists within the Fund. The identities of recipients are never disclosed, but many are, or have been, household names who have devoted their lives to the entertainment of others. The Fund's patrons are Sam Neill and Dame Kiri te Kanawa.


Stellar cast in Vice, opening on 15 April

vice plain imageOn at The Basement from 15-19 April, this is a striking new New Zealand play co-written by Equity members Dan Musgrove, Jordan Mooney and Benjamin Henson.

Featuring Equity members Stephen Lovatt (Anne Boleyn, Angels In America) like you have never seen him before, in an intimate space, a surgeon full of hate for his patients. Also starring Lauren Gibson (Anne Boleyn, When the Rain stops Falling), Andrew Ford (Super City II, Shop till you Drop), Sam Snedden (Private Lives, The Pride), Jordan Mooney (Lord of the Flies, Anne Boleyn) and Jess Holly Bates (The Heretic, White Rabbit Red Rabbit).

The cast of VICE will be stepping out onto a boldly stark white stage - from top to bottom. VICE will see actors getting nasty…and leave audiences wanting to go home and get nasty themselves.



'In Conversation' with top acting coaches - Auckland, Sun 13 April


In Conversation:  Working with an Acting Coach

Equity members Miranda Harcourt, Peter Feeney and Brita McVeigh in conversation with Equity president Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

Ever been curious about what an acting coach does? Been tempted to get help with your audition or role? An acting coach may be able to give you the coaching, support, and the space to explore all you wish to offer the role. 

You're a director wanting to achieve your vision — a coach can support you to bring as much out of the scene as you hope for. Discover all the possibilities with esteemed acting coaches, Miranda Harcourt, Brita McVeigh and Peter Feeney with Jennifer Ward Lealand chairing…

equityfoundationAll actors and directors are invited. Non-members of Equity are welcome. Open to all.

Time: 5pm-6:30pm
Date: Sunday 13 April 2014
Venue: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby (free parking)




bluebirdA collection of scenes inspired by Charles Bukowski’s hauntingly dark and honest poem, Bluebird, exploring sex, drugs, and why it’s sometimes hard to look your neighbor in the eye. This fantastic new show will make you laugh, and then make you feel like crying but, you probably won’t because you are too tough for that. Starring Equity board member Alistair Browning and Equity members Mick Innes, Andrew Munro, Aidee Walker, Renee Lyons, Donna Brookbanks, Josh Thomson, and Luanne Gordon.

On at The Basement from 8-12 April.  GET TICKETS HERE


New solo show by Lisa Chappell

fredEquity member Lisa Chappell has a solo show on at The Basement and is doing a special promo for Equity members of $15 on Thursday April 10. The promo code is cannibal. You can book online (no booking fee) at and be in to win one of the cool lucky dip prizes on offer every night.

FRED is a one woman show about cannibalism and ice-cream, Lisa Chappell plays multiple characters in this self-penned black comedy about survival and Just Desserts.

“Exceptional and unmissable” - Suzy Go See
“An absorbing hour that is impossible to forget” - Lisa Thatcher
“A highlight of the Fringe Festival” - Sydney Morning Herald



Equity president Jennifer Ward-Lealand in Rita and Douglas

jwlritaA poignant love story and a stunning collaboration of theatre, music and art. Equity president Jennifer Ward-Lealand stars in presenting the words, music and images of two of our greatest cultural icons – artist Rita Angus and composer Douglas Lilburn. On from 2-12 April in Wellington.

Recently divorced painter Rita Angus and young composer Douglas Lilburn met in the early 1940s and had a brief but passionate affair. Living in virtual poverty and struggling with health issues, Angus went on to produce, with Lilburn’s support, an outstanding body of work.