Nataliya Oryshchuk

Nataliya Oryshchuk is a native of Kiev (Ukraine). With a PhD in Soviet ideology, she is a Christchurch-based academic and theatre-maker. In 2012 she founded NO Productions Theatre Collective, producing original theatre works in post-earthquake Christchurch.

Plays

Cactus Instructor

Short comedy

First performed: NO Productions Theatre Collective at Orange Studio, Christchurch on 20 August 216

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Christmas at the Haunted House

NO Productions Theatre Collective, Deans House, Christchurch, 2016

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Dear Jane

Dear Jane presents a complex balancing act between documented research, personal experience and fictional stage narrative. It is based on the biography of Jane McIlraith/Deans who emigrated from Scotland to New Zealand in 1852 to follow her fiancé John Deans, one of the first Canterbury settlers. Her newly-wed husband died within 16 months of their arrival but Jane decided to stay in New Zealand. It is the story of human frailty and resilience; wrong choices and lost opportunities; and it is about making the best from the worst.

Winner of the 2018 PANZ One-Act Play Competition

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The Lifecycle of Refrigerators

Short comedy

The team meeting has a busy agenda: gardening for the homeless and befriending strangers, methods of stress relief and even loneliness of refrigerators…

First performed: NO Productions Theatre Collective at Orange Studio, Christchurch on 20 August 216

2nd Prize: PANZ 10-Minute Play Competition, 2016

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Token of Friendship

10-minute play

Cast: 2f

Carol attempts to befriend an Eastern European immigrant Miroslava as part of the new Staff Wellbeing Unit initiative. There is a chocolate fish at stake…

First produced: Short+Sweet Sydney, Depot Theatre, Marrickville, January 22-23, 2016. Directed by Margaret Fitzgerald

Published in Stage Journeys – 10 short plays from New Zealand, 2016

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Unforgotten

NO Productions, Papa Hou Theatre, Christchurch, February 23-26, 2017

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