Here & Now Festival 21-24 April

A four-day takeover of the ASB Waterfront Theatre by the youngest talents in town. Featuring three exciting shows created especially for the festival as well as pick of the Fringe, a big schmooze fest, new work in development, music, DJs, a party and more!

PLEASE NOTE: Wynyard Quarter is closed to traffic on Saturday 22nd April due to events taking place during the World Masters Games. We advise you to use public transport services terminating at Britomart (www.at.govt.nz), to bike or walk or park at Downtown or Fanshawe Street car parks if you are attending shows and events on Saturday the 22nd.  

Shows.

Boys | 21-24 April

Adapted from Greg McGee’s Foreskin’s Lament by Eleanor Bishop. Foreskin's Lament is our state of the nation play about masculinity. Using contemporary material ranging from the Chiefs ‘stripper scandal’ to Wellington College’s recent online incident, award-winning theatre-makers Eleanor Bishop and Julia Croft and a group of sixteen young people from Auckland take New Zealand's iconic locker room play and ask "what has changed since 1980?" Or more importantly, "what hasn't?"

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Dance Like Everybody's Watching | 21-24 April

Devised by the cast. Celebrated devised theatre-maker Alice Canton leads a large cast in creating an intimate roving performance about the self (and the self-conscious) in the age where everybody’s watching. Taking place all over the ASB Waterfront Theatre building this playful, funny and surprising work will challenge your assumptions and leave you dancing.

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Mouth:Tounge:Teeth | 22-23 April

by Niu Wave Collective. With a whisper and a whimsical backbeat, this is a spoken word show where the audience interaction helps to fuel the action. Circling the Pacific, poets talk about ancestral teeth and lost mother tongues, and when the past collides with the present they are in a dentist’s chair in suburban Auckland. This is life, love and living through the MOUTH, TONGUE, TEETH.

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Events.

The Big Schmooze

22 April, 12pm-4pm

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Considering a career in the performing arts? Our Big Schmooze event is a career expo like no other. Held at the ASB Waterfront Theatre, the Big Schmooze is a chance to get up close and personal with recent graduates, drama school leaders and professional artists. Including Forums, Workshops, and lots of time to meet up – you won’t want to miss this insider’s guide to the business. Pre-register before Saturday the 20th of April to go in the draw to win a HERE & NOW Festival double pass. Registrations can also taken on the day.

PLEASE NOTE: Wynyard Quarter is closed to traffic on Saturday 22nd April due to events taking place during the World Masters Games. We advise you to use public transport services terminating at Britomart (www.at.govt.nz), to bike or walk or park at Downtown or Fanshawe Street car parks if you are attending shows and events on Saturday the 22nd.

Out to Lunch

23 April, from 12:30pm

Pick of the best bite-sized works from emerging artists from Auckland Fringe and beyond …short and inspiring sessions by up and coming talent. Eat, drink and see new artists try out their stuff, then stick around to tell us what you think!

Vanessa Crofskey 

Punchy, sarcastic, and relentlessly gutsy. 

Vanessa "Van Crof" Crofskey is a performance artist and acclaimed poet who identifies as queer, mixed race and someone who forever complicates definitions. Her writing has appeared in several publications. She has guest featured in Auckland, Wellington, and most recently Shah Alam, Malaysia, is a Rising Voices National Finalist (2014), a Going West Finalist (2016) and the UoA Slam Champion (2015). Her most recent show at the Fringe Festival Performance Salon was met with great reception, and won the ATC Here and Now Award which she is now performing as part of. Her storytelling is described as both “introspective” and “on fire”, identifying diaspora, unease, and what it means to search for home

Apocalypse High

by Will Robertson (book and lyrics) and Andy Manning (music)

This is a high school musical – but not as you know it!

Freaks, geeks and the future of the planet are all in danger as the forces of nature gather to slug it out at Apocalypse High.

Music theatre fans get a chance to hear a new work in development by Billy Elliot and That Bloody Woman performer Andy Manning and collaborator Will Robertson.

Will and Andy have got some of their friends together to perform excerpts from the show for you.

Andy Manning

Piano Mann

Piano Bar

Sunday 23 April 6:30pm - 8pm

AUT Atrium

FREE

Suitable for all ages

 

Put on your cocktail best and join suave piano man Andy Manning (Billy Elliot, That Bloody Woman) and friends for an informal evening of banging show tunes and lounge favourites in the ASB Waterfront Theatre bar. Requests welcome. Sing-alongs encouraged.

Here & Now Festival 2017 calendar.