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The Basement Theatre's Schools Programme 2016

Photo: Stomach workshop at Selwyn College Theatre, August 2015.
Cutting edge arts experiences free for Auckland teens.


Basement Theatre is thrilled to announce its Schools Programme shows for 2016. After a successful pilot project in 2015 they are pleased to confirm a second year of their free secondary school programme thanks to the generous support of patrons and partners. The 2016 programme will feature a year’s worth of performances, workshops and resources for students from schools who don’t typically have access to professional, live theatre experiences.

Among the five schools already granted admission to the programme in 2015 is James Cook High School, Mt Roskill Grammar School, Onehunga High School and Selwyn College and as well as special member Nga Rangatahi Toa, an alternative education provider that run creative arts initiatives with marginalised youth. A call for applications is now open to other schools interested in applying. Schools must demonstrate their passion for the performing arts and availability to commit to the programme dates.

Tickets to the shows are fully paid for by the programme and even transport to and from the venue is covered. Accompanying each show is an interactive learning resource, using a web platform to give insight into the making of each show and its themes. Following every Schools Programme performance is a question and answer session with the cast and crew.

Term 1 offers up a Pasifika story. TA MOKO, is an original show created by graduates of The Pacific Institute of Performing Arts, told through dance and spoken word. The story explores the moment when needle and ink meet the skin and the journey towards that moment.

Term 2 is all about opera, but not as you know it. Think playful, Beyonce-esque, musical theatre. UnstuckOpera present a re-composition of Henry Purcell’s classic opera DIDO & AENEAS. In this promenade-style production, the audience is guided through the whole Basement venue as Dido falls for Aeneas and perverse witches wreak havoc.

In Term 3 ORANGUTAN, a hit from The Basement’s 2015 Winter Season, will travel out to schools as part of the “off-site” series of the programme. Inspired by non-verbal storytelling traditions of Balinese mask, puppetry and monkeys, this year’s Schools Tour explores the complexity of conservation and extinction. Alice Canton’s performance won her Best show by an Emerging Artist at The Auckland Theatre Awards 2015.

The YOUNG AND HUNGRY: FESTIVAL OF NEW THEATRE marks the grand finale of the programme in Term 4. Two new New Zealand scripts will be performed and designed by the next generation of theatre-makers aged 15-25. Written specifically for young people these shows are on point for teenage audiences.

Anyone can nominate a school to be awarded entry into the programme by completing an application form online here: Nominations must include a statement from a teacher about their interest in joining the programme. Preference will be given to lower decile schools who could not otherwise afford to attend ticketed schools performances at The Basement. Applications close Friday 5th February 2016.

Find out more about The Basement’s Schools Programme by requesting a copy of the SCHOOLS BROCHURE from




Dates: Tuesday 8 March (Matinee), Wednesday 9 March (Evening)

Venue: The Basement - Studio    



Dates: Wednesday 18 May (Matinee), Thursday 19 May (Evening)

Venue: The Basement - Whole venue



Dates: Monday 1 - Friday 5 August

Venue: Schools Tour



Dates: Tuesday 18 October (Evening), Wednesday 19 October (Evening)

Venue: The Basement Theatre


For more information contact:

Deanna Borren

09 309 7433 | 021 076 2313


Contact details: 
Deanna Borren | 09 309 7433 | 021 076 2313 | |

Written by

Basement Theatre

16 Dec 2015

Basement Theatre is a place where urgent and adventurous live performance made by independent artists is incubated and supported. We do this by proudly showcasing artist's work across two performance spaces - the Studio upstairs and the Theatre downstairs.