Nataliya Oryshchuk’s Danse Macabrewas performed at performed at Ferrymead Heritage Park, Christchurch, 19-21 November, 2015.
Set in the early 20th century, this theatrical adventure is inspired by two classic Edwardian tales of the supernatural: Casting the Runes (by M.R. James) and The Monkey’s Paw (by W.W. Jacobs).
Danse Macabre is brought to life by a diverse and talented cast and crew including Ukrainian-born producer, writer, director and actress Nataliya Oryshchuk (NO Productions Theatre Collective); local actor and director Daniel Webster; soundscape creators Sven Balvan and Colter Carson; the popular and experienced Christchurch actors Michael Adams and David Allen, and the talented young actors Gwilym Wogan and Yvette Bensemann.
Despatch by Angie Farrow has been published by Steele Roberts Publishers NZ. Epic, disturbing and unnervingly funny, Despatch examines the relationship between responsibility and matters global importance, forcing us to confront our complicity in events that seem beyond our control. It is one of several of Angie’s plays that deal with contemporary issues which concern us all. It was the winner of The Pen is a Mighty Sword International Playwriting Competition run by Virtual Theatre in the USA.
Brian Turner’s Earwigs won a prize for best actress in TheatreFest finals and won prizes for second best actor and costumes in the Norfolk Island Festival. There is a video of a rehearsal performance on YouTube. The link to the video is:
“Snip & Bonking James Bond opened to a full house at the 16th Avenue Theatre last Wednesday to rapturous applause. Merv Beets has combined superb casting and direction creating laugh a minute situations straight out of the pages of real life.”
Some of our members are involved in community theatre, writing and producing plays locally with a large part of the proceeds going back to the community.
Jennie Turner writes, “Just finished my second show for the year, 14th to date, but who’s counting. A record turnout, they came from far and wide. 7 shows, $12,000 back into community. ($9,000 Westpac rescue, $2,000 St John and $1,000 fire brigade.) Feeling pretty chuffed about that.”
The Waiheke Playwrights (involving PANZ members Colin Beardon, Christine Beardon, Richard Bull, Christopher Preston, Janet November and Peter November) have just completed their fourth Waiheke Playwrights Festival. It consisted of eight ten-minute plays all written on the island this year and performed by 29 local actors. Opening at Piritahi Marae, it then toured to three community halls. A very successful season with $3,000 raised for community groups.