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The Night Mechanics

Organisation: Tawata Productions

Where: BATS Theatre Wellington

When: Preview 29th August, season 30th August - 9th September (no show Sun/Mon)

Regions: Wellington

Target Audience: Secondary

Discipline: Drama

Type of Event: Performance, Other

Contact: Helena-Jane Kilkelly(hjkilkelly@gmail.com)

Weaving physicality and text, The Night Mechanics, is a vital new play from award winning writer and Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer-in-Residence Mīria George (Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Cook Islands), and the final piece in her Water Trilogy including the award winning play ’The Vultures’ (2016) and the performance installation ‘Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky’ (2017).

The Night Mechanics is the story of a small drought stricken Maori community in the middle of Aotearoa that becomes the flash point of resistance against ‘the water company’ a multi national that is more powerful than the government.

Inspired by the modern fight for clean water, The Night Mechanics is a tale where water is no longer free and where dreams no longer exist. Is this is the future?

‘Water is the final frontier for Māori, Pasifika and the world beyond. With water bottling in Aotearoa New Zealand a current point of conversation and contention - we are only just beginning to debate the potential impact of this important resource, should it’s access be compromised or quality be damaged. The Night Mechanics is a work that is timely, visceral and potentially prophetic.’

Mīria George, Playwright and Director

We also have two special forums as part of this season. Following the preview show on Tuesday 29th August will be a Q&A session with the cast, facilitated by Nancy Brunning (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tuhoe), recipient of numerous honours in theatre and screen. This is a great opportunity to hear from our team of diverse and experienced actors, ranging from working in the Malaysian film and television industry, to being an actor of difference in Aotearoa.

Following the show on Thursday 31st August will be a Q&A session with the cast and director, facilitated by Hone Kouka (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu), winner of the Bruce Mason award, numerous Chapman Tripp awards, and a recipient of the Insignia of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to contemporary Māori theatre. Come and hear from our multi-talented cast and crew, comprised of no less than seven playwrights, about the processes of playwriting.

The Celts A-Stirring

Organisation: Auckland Wind Orchestra

Where: The Chapel, St Kentigern College, 130 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga

When: 4.00pm, Sunday 15 October 2017

Regions: Auckland

Target Audience: Secondary

Discipline: Music

Type of Event: Performance

Contact: Janine Holden(janine.holden@gmail.com)

Sunday afternoon Thriller!

Here's a golden opportunity to spice up a frequently dull Sunday afternoon. A concert featuring a selection of Britain and Europe's finest concert band music. Some you may know, others maybe not - but if you have any Celtic or European blood, this is the concert for you.

Featuring soloists Michelle Thorne (Soprano) and Sid Chand (Tenor)
And The Pipes and Drums of Saint Kentigern

The music includes favourites such as:
- Danny Boy (sure to bring a tear to any Irish eye).
- Highland Cathedral.
- Hymn of the Highlands.
- Gaelforce (a foot tapping, hand clapping, sparkling melody that will stick in your brain and not let you go).
- Blaenwern (a favourite for the Welsh amongst us).
- And many more!

Be sure not to miss out on this fantastic concert - go to Eventfinder and grab your ticket now!

Door sales will also be available on the day.

Epic Dance Events & Brilliant Music Scores for Schools at Auckland Arts Festival 2018!

Organisation: Auckland Arts Festival

Where: ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

When: Thursday March 1, Friday March 2 & Friday March 8, 2018

Regions: Auckland

Target Audience: Primary, Intermediate, Secondary

Discipline: Dance

Type of Event: Performance

Contact: Marama Lloydd (schools@aaf.co.nz)

Thursday March 1, Friday March 2 & Friday March 8 are dates to plan in your calendar as 2 monumental dance works from the UK and NZ premiere at the Auckland Arts Festival.
With rich baroque scores, an award winning tenor and the Auckland Philharmonia, there is also a rich opportunity for music students with the added layer of observing choreography to music.
All tickets for students are $20. Don’t miss out! Email schools@aaf.co.nz to make an early booking.

OrphEus – a dance opera
Michael Parmenter with the New Zealand dance Company

OrphEus – a dance opera is a bold new work, drawing on a ravishing musical score, including Rameau and Charpentier, reflecting a period during which the ancient Greek hero invoked a harmonious cosmos and a hierarchical political order. Since then, Orpheus has come to represent art’s power to transcend suffering and death.
In this richly layered, epic dance work, Parmenter brings these contending perspectives into conflict and dialogue. Orpheus confronts the power of music and voice in both the personal and the political realms, revealing, in this familiar story of love and loss, the tensions between seduction and restraint, harmony and disorder.
Combining the power of dance, live music and theatre, Parmenter’s incredible vision is brought to life by The New Zealand Dance Company, performing alongside Grammy Award-winning American tenor Aaron Sheehan, baroque ensemble Latitude 37 and special guests.
NZDC’s Artistic Director Shona McCullagh draws together a superlative creative team including Tracy Grant Lord, John Verryt, Nik Janiurek, Keren Chiaroni and David Downes.
Through the lens of this mythic yet deeply personal tragedy, OrphEus thrillingly stages the eternal challenge of the artist – to seek the familiar or venture into dangerous uncharted territory.
Co-produced by The New Zealand Dance Company, Auckland Arts Festival and the New Zealand Festival.
“Michael Parmenter’s name is synonymous with bold and innovative contemporary dance … challenging, thought provoking and fulfilling.”- The Press


Akram Khan with the English National Ballet

In acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan’s vital reimagining of Giselle, the classical ballet’s tale of love, betrayal and redemption is transported to the 21st century; the peasants of the story are now outcast migrant factory workers and the essential themes of class and dislocation are given a bracing contemporary relevance. His daring aesthetic is carried beautifully by the English National Ballet’s celebrated company of dancers.

Under the vision of Artistic Director and Lead Principal Dancer Tamara Rojo, this bold commission also boasts an impressive sense of scale. This is a massive production rarely seen in New Zealand bringing over 100 artists and crew with a monumental set designed by Oscar-winner Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will bring to life Vincenzo Lamagna’s haunting new score.

Khan’s daring aesthetic is carried beautifully by English National Ballet’s celebrated company of dancers. Their feats range from sensational large-scale group dances to intensely intimate performances in the ballet’s memorable second act, where Giselle returns from the supernatural underworld with other spirits seeking revenge on their lovers.

Thursday 1 March & Friday 2 March
7.30pm ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

“A beautiful and intelligent remaking of the beloved classic.” - The New York Times
Phone Marama Lloydd – Creative Learning Programme Manager: 09 3740316 for any enquiries>
The full Creative Learning programme will launch on October 31.

Fringe and Pride

Organisation: The Auckland Performing Arts Centre

When: Feb - Mar 2018

Regions: Auckland

Target Audience: Primary, Intermediate, Secondary

Discipline: Multi-Arts

Type of Event: Performance

Contact: The TAPAC team(community@tapac.org.nz)

The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) are seeking diverse, edgy and exciting submissions for Fringe and Pride in Feb-Mar 2018 - and the deadline is this week! Have you been looking for a way to embrace your own creative practice? This is a chance to put your work in-front of an audience and be supported by a professional team.

Or perhaps you have a stand-out student (or ex-student) who is ready to take their creativity to the next level?

So, if you would like to put on a show or if you know anyone who could potentially be interested in submitting, please get in touch asap.

The application forms (including all the details of our special, low cost
deal) are here:

PRIDE: http://www.tapac.org.nz/upload/document/Pride.pdf
FRINGE: http://www.tapac.org.nz/upload/document/FringeSubmissions.pdf

If you want to have a chat, ask questions or get some advice on your idea - please don't hesitate to contact us!

Ngā mihi,
The TAPAC team
09 8450295

Girls Rock! Camp AotearoaGirls Rock! Camp Aotearoa

Organisation: NZ Music Commission

Where: MAINZ Auckland

When: 15-19 January 2018

Regions: Auckland

Target Audience: Intermediate, Secondary

Discipline: Music

Type of Event: Other

Contact: NZ Music Commission (girlsrockcampaotearoa@gmail.com)

Calling all rebel girls, soul sisters, metal mavens and punk rockers! Girls Rock! Camp Aotearoa is coming to New Zealand for the first time. Launching at MAINZ in Auckland from 15-19 January 2018, with a Showcase on 20th. Girls Rock! Camp is a week-long holiday programme for young women*, where music is the medium to build confidence, empowerment and foster social change. Up to 40 campers between the ages of 12-17 years will form bands, learn instruments, attend workshops and write an original song to be performed at a concert for friends and family at the end of camp.
*"Young Women” includes female, trans-gender, intersex and non-binary youth.
*Please note the 'camp' will run 9am to 4pm, there is no actual camping involved.

Drama NZ Conference 2018

Organisation: Auckland Branch DNZ

When: 13-16 April 2018

Regions: Auckland

Target Audience: Primary, Intermediate, Secondary

Discipline: Drama

Type of Event: Workshop

Contact: Auckland Branch DNZ(2018dnzconference@gmail.com )

Auckland 13-16 April 2018
Call for expressions of interest from presenters

Kia toitoi manawa te ngākau ngahau ki te mahi whakaako whakaari
To encourage a joyful heart in drama teaching

He ngākau ngahau : a joyful heart - our 2018 conference will focus on the joy of teaching drama. We are looking at presenting workshops and papers around the theme of having fun in the classroom, playing, play, creativity, engaging with joy in our hearts – all those things that make our job the best in the world!

In the spirit of joy, joyful teaching and having fun in and out of the classroom, we are calling for drama teachers and practitioners to hit us with their proposals for workshops, papers, activities that celebrate our wonderful world of drama teaching.
Workshop slots are 2 hours long. You could use the whole time or a part of the time. Let us know what you would like to do.

Please email your ideas to 2018dnzconference@gmail.com before 8 December 2017.

The Auckland Performing Arts Centre - 2018 January Holiday Programmes

Organisation: TAPAC

When: January 2018

Regions: Auckland

Target Audience: Primary, Intermediate, Secondary

Discipline: Multi-Arts

Type of Event: Other

Contact: TAPAC(info@tapac.org.nz)

TAPAC’s 2018 January Holiday Programmes are now open for enrolment on www.tapac.org.nz/holiday. We have 19 programmes on offer for children and teens aged 5-16+ across all artistic genres.

2018 EnsembleImpact Schools Tour - "A Country of Two Halves"

Organisation: Young and Hungry

When: 14 May – 6 July 2018

Regions: Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Northland, Otago, Taranaki, Waikato, Wairarapa, Wellington

Target Audience: Secondary

Discipline: Drama

Type of Event: Performance

Contact: Diana Cable(production@youngandhungry.org.nz)


The EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour (OUTLIERS, Power Plays, Asian Invasion) is back with a 50 minute bare bones programme of quality NZ theatre that comes direct to your drama room or auditorium.

The 2018 theme is A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES, featuring key extracts from modern plays that help us understand how the other half lives – have and have-not, city and rural, privileged and un-empowered – this show can open discussion about the misunderstandings that keep us divided and what brings us together.

The programme will feature two playwrights and plays on the NZQA prescribed reading list. There will be an extract from Renee’s Wednesday to Come and one from Ka Shue by Linda Chanwai Earl. Also included is an extract from Miria George’s The Night Mechanics – a 2017 play about water rights within a small Maori community – “a truly fascinating piece of Kiwi theatre” (Ewen Coleman, DominionPost).

More extract will be announced shortly.

The show will be directed by Patrick Davies. The show is performed in traverse by four professional actors and requires no lighting or sound set-up. It is ideally suited to Drama students in years 10 to 13 and has a 5 minute Q&A built into the programme. An extension of the Q&A for up to 15 minutes can be arranged at the time of booking.

Touring second term – 15 May – 6 July, 2018

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