Tag Archives: Massive Theatre Company

been | Half of the Sky

Half the Sky follows the poignant, heart wrenching story of the Rose family who come together for one final birthday reunion, as they face their struggle with their eldest sister’s terminal cancer diagnosis. Lennie James’ (The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Save Me) beautifully written script allows you to observe the unique melting pot of this whanau, as they deal with their ‘past, present and their future…all at once’.

Wonderfully acted, with the juxtaposition of incredible humour set against the reality of dealing with such a challenging subject matter, this story will have you laughing out loud and reaching for the tissues from one scene to the next as the ensemble cast brilliantly weaves together themes of loss, truth, betrayal and love.

A wonderful story with a fabulous cast, Half of the sky is a must-see play.

High recommended:       5/5

Half of the Sky marks the third collaboration between Massive Theatre Company and internationally renowned writer and actor Lennie James (The Walking DeadFear of the Walking DeadSave Me), following the success of The Sons of Charlie Paora (2004), Havoc in the Garden (2011), and was developed in collaboration with members of the Massive ensemble.

Under the direction of Artistic Director Sam ScottMassive Company

Starring:
Kura Forrester
(The Wholehearted, The Adventures of Suzy Boon, 2019 Billy T Award Winner)
Grace Palmer
(Shortland Street, Home & Away)
Awhina Rose Henare-Ashby
(The Mooncake and the Kumara, Waru)
Max Palamo
(The Sons of Charlie Paora, Super City II) 
Pat Tafa
(The Wholehearted, Westside)

 

Loft, Q Theatre 305 Queen St, Auckland CBD

been | Like A River

NZ Theatre company MASSIVE and a quintet of up-and-coming  actors, bring the production ‘Like a River’ to the Basement Theatre this season.

Jo Randerson is the creator of this witty and insightful play, alongside direction from Stef Fink and a talented ingenue cast comprising of: Elsie Polosovai, Francesca Browne, Sherry Zhang, Jasper Putt and Seto Ierome.

Like a River, is a commentary on modern reality, which uses the tried-and-tested templates of such contemporary media and reality television as, ‘My Kitchen Rules’, ‘Love Island’ and ‘This is Your Life’ to name but a few …

Gearing the audience into the game-show style of this play, a large and unmistakable image of a clock is set centre-stage, and as it ticks along it becomes a metaphor for one of the show’s underlying themes; being that of a race against time, and also as a competition of popularity and recognition.  Each individual, expressing themselves and their constitution, in order to make an impression and win the game, albeit with just 60 minutes to spare.

Each actor dons a name tag to identify one another, they also use the formula of using a persons ‘likes and dislikes’ to determine one’s character and convictions.  Comedy is also used to engage the audience and express the ideas of the play, with comical impersonations ranging from the glib and smarmy rantings of Mike Hosking to the infamous Donald Trump and late Robert Muldoon.

Opinions are another strong theme relayed throughout the play; thus questioning the right/wrong circumstances in to which voice them. There are also moments of profound hindsight, in which the characters share their regrets about not speaking up for themselves and for what they innately believed was right.

The play encourages audience participation, as a mode of delivering ‘feedback’, and the feedback in turn, drives the subsequent actions of its participants. (In this case the actors).

Self-awareness in a ‘sea of unknowing’.  Modern Life and technology, the positive and negative influences of social media, and the ever relevant issue of sustainability and the environment, are all topical subjects that this play successfully address and invite the audience to question and form their own opinions upon.

A showcase of fresh talent and idealistic vision – Like A River is now showing at The Basement on these following dates:

~ Wednesday 23rd – Saturday 27th July

1DP | Day 18 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

An actor, a singer, a piano player, a whistler and a foodie who’s afraid of Crunchie Bars.   Meet Todd Emerson.  We talk to this multi-talented man on Day 18 of our 100 Days Project.  Todd co-stars in The Pitchfork Disney, a production he’s been trying to bring to audiences for the past decade. 

What’s your biggest fear?
Crunchie Bars. They terrify me. Just looking at them gives me the feeling that I’m going to bite down on a rock and all my teeth will fall out.
 
What’s your purpose in life?
To eat everything
 
What are you passionate about?
Theatre. Food! Music. If I could sing and play piano whilst onstage cooking something I’d be SO FREEKIN PASSIONATE. 
 
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My alarm. Then rehearsals. The knowledge that the day will be filled with exploration of a text with massively talented people.
 
Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours?
KFC Burger Tower
 
If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?
KFC Burger Tower
 
What is your happy place?
Home. Reading a book on the deck while my partner Kip builds furniture and flatmate gardens. 
 
What will you be doing for the rest of 2013?
After The Pitchfork Disney wraps up I’m heading out on a tour on the north island with a show called ‘The Brave’ with Massive Theatre Company. We premiered the work last year and I’m excited about taking it on the road.

THE PITCHFORK DISNEY is on now and will run through ‘til 29 June at Q’s Loft. Click here for more info and see below for opening night reviews:

The Lumiere Reader

Theatre View

Whimsical Banana