The Next Stage
Plays on the journey to full production
THE NEXT STAGE is a vital part of Auckland Theatre Company's
mission to bring utterly original, fervently New Zealand stories to
the stage. Previous seasons have taken the audience by surprise,
showcasing new plays from remarkable talents that are entertaining,
challenging and enthralling.
THE NEXT STAGE will be held over one weekend at Auckland Theatre
Company's administration and rehearsal space.
After each performance we welcome comments from the audience in
a discussion with the author and director.
By sharing your thoughts with us after the performances - in
person, in writing, or by email - you'll contribute to the
development of new work as it embarks on the journey to full
PANIORA! by Briar Grace-Smith
Te Mamaenui Martinez is the oldest living descendent of Papa
Carlisto Martinez. When she dies, so too will the unique culture of
the Paniora, the Māori-Spaniards of Taiawa on the East Coast. In
order to reignite the fire that burned in the belly of his
forebears, Jimmy Hotai hires a debonair matador from Spain and
arranges a bullfight. But when his old love, Maria Rameka returns
to the village with her husband of fifteen years, an old woman's
powerful spell is unleashed, and this time with devastating
Briar Grace-Smith is of Ngā Puhi descent and is an award-winning
writer of theatre, screen and short fiction. Her plays have
travelled nationally and internationally and include NGĀ POU
WĀHINE, PURAPURAWHETŪ, WHEN SUN AND MOON COLLIDE, and HARURU
MAI. Two of these have been produced as part of ATAMIRA,
Māori Television's theatre series (2012). The film of Briar's first
screenplay THE STRENGTH OF WATER (2009) premiered in Rotterdam and
Berlin and FRESH MEAT - a comedy horror film - will be released in
New Zealand later this year. Briar was an inaugural recipient of
the Arts Foundation Laureate Award (2000). In 2003 she was the
Writer in Residence at Victoria University. She lives in
Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast with her children, her husband, one
dog and two cats.
Directed by Colin McColl.
Cast includes: Miriama McDowell, Calvin Tuteao, Jarod Rawiri, Nancy
Brunning, Hannelle Harris, Hera Dunleavy and Barnie Duncan.
Friday 16-Nov 7.30pm
Saturday 17-Nov 4.30pm
THE TREES BENEATH THE LAKE by Arthur Meek
Golden boy William Campbell was making his first forays into
politics when the recession hit, and his finance company got caught
in the landslide. In the aftermath, William's business practices
have been brought into question, and charges have been levelled at
him. In a last ditch effort to save his reputation, his personal
fortune and his political ambitions, William returns to his mother
Nieve's house in Central Otago. It seems a lifetime ago that Nieve
lost her battle to save the family orchard from being drowned
beneath the waters of the Clyde Dam, though she takes heart that
the fires of that battle forged the character of her beloved son.
But as Nieve convenes the family to fight for their future, she
accidentally shines a devastating new light on their past.
Arthur writes for stage and screen and is the current recipient of
the prestigious Bruce Mason Playwright's Award. In 2011 ATC
premiered his play ON THE UPSIDE-DOWN OF THE WORLD, which continues
to tour throughout New Zealand. Other work for theatre includes
RICHARD MEROS SALUTES THE SOUTHERN MAN, CHARLES DARWIN: COLLAPSING
CREATION, SHEEP, and ON THE CONDITIONS AND POSSIBILITIES OF HELEN
CLARK TAKING ME AS HER YOUNG LOVER.
Directed by Simon Bennett
Cast includes: Michael Hurst, Rueben Bowen, Bruce
Phillips, Theresa Healey, Jodie Hillock and Catherine
Saturday 17-Nov 1.00pm
Sunday 18-Nov 3.30pm
NATIVE AFFAIRS by Alice Miller
Wellington, 1881. Newspaper proprietor and man-about-town Bryce
Forster is poised to become the next Premier - but he's stymied by
his estranged wife, his stubbornness and a new temptation who
saunters into his life. Pretty, ambitious and with an eye for
facts, Eliza also catches the eye of Forster's adopted son Will,
who is convinced that his father's push for another military
campaign against Maori will jeopardise his political career.
Alice Miller is a poet, essayist and fiction writer. Since 2008 she
has received the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Premier Award for short
fiction, the Landfall essay prize, and the Royal Society of New
Zealand Manhire Prize. She has an MA from the International
Institute of Modern Letters and an MFA from the Iowa Writers'
Workshop, where she was a Glenn Schaeffer Fellow. Alice works
part-time as a historian and writer for the Waitangi Tribunal in
Wellington. NATIVE AFFAIRS is her first play.
Directed by Andrew Foster
Cast includes: Stephen Lovatt,Tandi Wright, Damien Avery, Laurel
Devenie, James Collyer and Kevin Keys.
Saturday 17-Nov 7.30pm
Sunday 18-Nov 1.00pm
Seats are strictly limited.
Tickets can be purchased from Auckland Theatre Company on 09
$20 per ticket or buy all three plays for $45.