Black Mirror, Ted Talks and Alice in Wonderland: wildly different inspirations for Auckland Theatre Company's annual youth theatre festival

Emerging writers, directors and performers shine on the spectacular ASB Waterfront Theatre stage with ATC’s 2018 Here & Now Festival.

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Auckland Theatre Company (ATC) will present an annual youth theatre festival, Here & Now, in April.

Here & Now is a four-day takeover of the ASB Waterfront Theatre featuring some of the most exciting emerging talent in New Zealand Theatre.

Now in its second year, Here & Now 2018 follows on from the success of last year’s festival which premiered Eleanor Bishop’s BOYS, a production Metro Magazine described as one of the best and most important of 2017.

The first show in the Here & Now 2018 line-up is TENDER, devised by the cast under the masterful direction of Benjamin Henson (Red Speedo, Titus, The Importance of Being Earnest) alongside first-time director Ana Scotney (The Breaker Upperers, The Contours of Heaven). With defiant honesty, 10 young Aucklanders invite the audience in for a chat about love, sex and relationships, opening their hearts and encouraging all of us to try a little tenderness. In our ‘woke’ world, these young people explore the realities of love.

Next up is YOU FIRST, a new play by emerging writer Billie Staples (When the world was wide, BRAVADO!), directed by ATC’s Associate Director Lynne Cardy and starring a cast aged 13 – 25. Cardy, was in the casting team for the children in ATC’s production of Billy Elliot the Musical and recent Auckland Arts Festival hit 1984.

In the near distant future, a cataclysmic storm has levelled Aotearoa, forcing millions to move and toppling society. Teenagers are rounded up and forced to live underground under a ruthless regime where they must complete dangerous dares or disappear. Dan Williams (When Sun & Moon Collide, Boys, The Pitchfork Disney) will create the dystopian world with his evocative set and costume designs. Black Mirror meets Hunger Games in a production which depicts our beautiful country after an environmental catastrophe.

Here & Now will also feature ALICE, a devised work directed by Leo Gene Peters (Don Juan, Jekyll & Hyde, One Day Moko, Basement Christmas show) in his trademark intimate yet playful style. The cast include emerging professionals such as Ava Diakhaby and Tatum Warren-Ngata (BOYS), alongside many recent graduates from New Zealand’s top drama schools.

A group of ordinary friends are thrust into a strange mystery that takes them into seedy clubs, the supernatural underground, a secluded DOC cabin and to the most sinister place of all: Sylvia Park. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the films of David Lynch and the urban landscape of Auckland, Alice is a funny, anarchic, thrilling and imaginative celebration of how ridiculous and beautiful our lives can be.

Other events in the Here & Now festival include The Big Schmooze - a beginners guide to working in theatre, and Play Lunch - an opportunity to hear new scripts in development from young writers. With performances galore, acoustic sets in the Atrium every evening and an array of events, Here & Now festival is an exciting celebration of exceptional talent.

 

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SHOW INFORMATION

Here & Now Festival 2018

ASB Waterfront Theatre: 20 – 23 April 2018

https://www.atc.co.nz/creative-learning/here-now-festival/

 

Tender

Friday 20 April - 6:30pm

Saturday 22 April - 6pm

Sunday 23 April - 3pm

Monday 24 April - 6.30pm

 

You First

Friday 20 April - 8pm

Saturday 22 April - 7:30pm

Sunday 23 April - 4:30pm

Monday 24 April - 8pm

 

Alice:

Friday 20 April - 9:30pm

Saturday 22 April - 9pm

Sunday 23 April - 6pm

Monday 24 April - 9.30pm

 

TENDER

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by: Benjamin Henson & Ana Scotney

Written by: Devised by directors and cast

Costume & set designer: Amy Snape

 

CAST

Augustine Dube

Zoe Fong

Muna Arbon

Sean Farrell

Wumi Amokeodo

Emily Smith

Murdoch Keane

Catherine Yates

Jess Bennett

 

YOU FIRST

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Written by: Billie Staples

Directed by: Lynne Cardy

Costume & set designer: Dan Williams

 

CAST

Dylan Thuraisingham

Leonardo Gunter

Erica Harrison

Kiri Naik

Oli Mathiesen

Emma Campbell

Karlton Laing

Doug Grant

Queenie Samuel

Madi Hewett

Emma Buckley

Julia McDonald

Opara Panagoda

 

ALICE

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by: Leo Gene Peters

Costume & set designer: Amy Snape

Devised by: the cast

 

CAST

Georgia Hoskins-Smith

Ava Diakhaby

Rob Harper

Asha Haines

Tamara Gussy

Tatum Warren-Ngata

Phoebe McKellar

Josh Metcalfe

Carrisse Utai

Lydia Buckley

Ruby Love

 

 

Written by

Miryam Jacobi

20 Mar 2018