Sadly, due to the COVID-19 crisis, HERE & NOW FESTIVAL 2020 at the ASB Waterfront Theatre has been cancelled. But fear not young theatre-makers! There are other cool ways you can get involved and be heard!

Check out this video about the HERE & NOW festival.

Get Involved

HERE & NOW is moving online for 2020 with an exciting new opportunity for budding performers, storytellers, theatre makers, and visionaries!

Inspired by the success of 100(ish) Word Plays - you are invited to pick one of the Top 5 scripts from the series and take it off the page and on to the screen. These small but perfect plays were selected from over 50 submissions from young writers responding to life during lockdown. Funny, sweet, sad, and surprising these scripts are ready to come to life online!

You are invited to perform and film these scripts by yourself, with your friends, even your family and pets!

Get Wild! Use your Phones, Laptops, ZOOM to create your own mini masterpieces! Take time away from making your TikToks and make a 100(ish) Word Play come alive!

The very best will be selected for presentation in HERE & NOW online and there are prizes too! First Place wins and exclusive Day with Auckland Theatre Company pack (including exclusive access to the rehearsal room, the theatre, and the opening night of a show!) and there are great prizes for Second Place and People’s Choice.

HERE & NOW Online

Be a part of HERE & NOW Online! Download this handy 'How It Works' guide to submitting work for HERE & NOW Online

How It Works

Make Sure you read Terms and Conditions before applying

Terms & Conditions

Submissions Now Open

Send your video submissions to

Submissions Close

12 July at Midnight

Winners Announced

17 July

Pick Your Script


FIRST Place   
Wins an exclusive day with Auckland Theatre Company (including an exclusive all access pass to the rehearsal room and ASB Waterfront Theatre, and attendance to an ATC opening night!) and a double pass to every mainstage production in 2021.


Wins double a pass to an ATC opening night and to every mainstage production in the ATC 2021 season.


Wins double tickets to every show in the ATC 2021 season.