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      • Ian Harman for Ache
        • 9 Nov 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • Ian HarmanAche is well into its season and receiving excellent reviews! Many of the audience and reviewers have commented on the sleek design of set and costume by Ian Harman.
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      • Ian Harman for Ache
        • 9 Nov 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • Ian HarmanAche is well into its season and receiving excellent reviews! Many of the audience and reviewers have commented on the sleek design of set and costume by Ian Harman.
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      • Adventures in Pianoland
        • 12 Oct 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • This week on drama* on the waterfront, we talk to the "irresistible" Jan Preston about her upcoming show Adventures in Pianoland.
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      • Approaching Janet Frame
        • 4 Oct 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • This week on drama* on the waterfront, we hear from Harriet Prebble, who plays the role of iconic New Zealand author Janet Frame in Gifted.
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      • Ralph and Hannah
        • 23 Sep 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • This week on drama* on the waterfront, we're thrilled to have Ralph McCubbin Howell and Hannah Smith of Trick of the Light Theatre at Circa with their award-winning show The Bookbinder.
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      • Paul Waggott and the Squirrel
        • 31 Aug 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • The Travelling Squirrel by Robert Lord opens this week at Circa, with actor Paul Waggott playing the lead character, struggling writer Bart.
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      • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
        • 12 Aug 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • This week in drama* on the waterfront, we learn more about writer, doctor and spiritualist, and author of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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      • Julie OBrien Improvises
        • 11 Aug 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • Ask Julie O’Brien if she thought she’d ever perform in a totally non-scripted, unrehearsed show where the audience dictates the storyline and the answer would be a definite "never".
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      • Bizarre and Brilliant
        • 23 Jul 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • The Young and Hungry Arts Trust Ambassadors are a group of keen bean Year 12 & 13 students, who attend shows at Circa and others theatres throughout the year and write reviews.
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      • From Hobbit to Holmes
        • 19 Jul 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • Following his lead cast role as Bifur the Dwarf in The Hobbit trilogy of movies, William Kircher returns to the stage after a 20 year absence with The Hound of the Baskervilles.
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      • Young, Hungry and Beautiful
        • 8 Jul 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • The Young and Hungry Arts Trust Ambassadors are a group of keen bean Year 12 & 13 students, who attend shows at Circa and others theatres throughout the year and write reviews.
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      • following your passion
        • 30 Jun 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • Normal 0 false false false EN-NZ X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;} This week in drama* on the waterfront, we hear from Scotty Cotter about atypical day in rehearsal of the beautiful ones – following your passion!  Scotty Cotter, currently starring in the beautiful onesThe rehearsal day normally starts at 9.30am, everybody comes in rugged up in clothing due to the cold weather that has hit Wellington. (I’m from Auckland and as you can tell I fear the cold, TYPICAL!) Dolina Wehipeihana, the choreographer, starts the music and it’s all on. Muscle and bone for a hour. This consists of  stretching, moving, rolling on the ground, body conditioning, figuring out how you get your left foot in front of your right, how to leap gracefully without feeling like a fat hippo. I successfully pass warm up! The room is now hot and everyone has shed their winter layers, including socks, and are now to the basic shorts and t-shirts. From there we head into working over one of the dance sets. Detailing and cleaning each move and lift and figuring out how we do this seamlessly. I find myself lifting a lot of people. I feel like the Hulk! This makes me smile. The room is fueled with determination to get each point right, but also filled with a lot of laughter. I walk over to Sandip, who plays Sachin, to have a pretend wrestle with him. He taps out. I win. We work on the choreography till lunch time. By this time we are all sweating and having fun. I have passed the morning. Time for lunch. Lunch normally starts with us all skulling back water to keep hydrated then rugging back up to fight the cold. Normally we're all still warm so just chuck on a hoody or a jacket. The Circa balcony has the best view of the waterfront, if you ever get a chance to see the rehearsal rooms you’ll see the balcony. You can see right to the ranges on a clear day and when it’s sunny its the most epic view. We all figure out what we are having for lunch cause by this point we are starving! This cast loves to eat – it’s great! After lunch we are into the acting side of the mahi. Braedyn and Sharn, who play Juju and Ardie, are working on their scene with the director Hone Kouka. Braedyn is cracking me up and I think to myself he is someone we should all keep our eye on. He has a natural instinct when he performs and he has a bright future in the arts. From the side of my eye I spot Sharn doing the splits, he is an amazing dancer. I somehow find myself signing up to the splits challenge where at the end of the season I would be able due to me stretching everyday, do the splits. I’ll keep you updated on how that goes. The rest of the ‘youngins’ leap up on the floor to work on the scene. Te hau and Paige who play Vaine and Lil Paulina are part of that crew. These two are our wahine force! They both effortlessly draw your attention, both amazing dancers in their own right. I like rehearsing with this crew we have a instant complicité. Kali Kopae walks in with her baby Willow. The whole room stops and makes baby noises and faces towards the baby for a couple of minutes then we are all back into rehearsal. After the youngins have finish their scene we find out that we have the music for a song that Kali sings produced by K*saba and composed and written by Tama Waipara and Kali Kopae. See starts to sing along. Her voice is a formidable. I’m glad she’s my mate so that I can tell people how flash she is. She tells me to shut up and then we laugh at each other. It’s fun to work with her again. Manny Solomon, who plays Ihia, gets up and dances to K*Saba's track. I like this kid. He’s got spark. He knows how to hold a stage. I appreciate that. I find myself trying to hug Te Hau so that I can get her into a playful headlock she is already on to my tricks and try's to get me in one. We make a truce then crack up. Besides all the fun. We work hard. Which is why I love making theatre. Work shouldn’t be boring. For me following your passion and being excited about what you do is why I am involved in the arts. Having fun creating, imagining, telling stories, allowing the audience to dream and self reflect. That is why I make theatre. To share time and transport the audience to another place. SO COME AND CHECK OUT THIS SHOW!!!! Dust off all your old dance moves and bring them along. the beautiful ones is an exiting visual tapestry that will have you shaking and grooving in your seats. See you all there! Peace. Scotty Cotter the beautiful ones is on at Circa Theatre until 11 July, the last production in the inaugural Ahi Kaa AK Festival. Book now at 04 801 7992 or www.circa.co.nz View the trailer on Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTKXhFCHkMI
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      • Young and Hungry on EDGE
        • 16 Jun 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • The Young and Hungry Arts Trust Ambassadors are a group of keen bean Year 12 & 13 students, who attend shows at Circa and others theatres throughout the year and write reviews.
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      • FINAL WEEK of ANGELICA PAGE
        • 15 Jun 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • FINAL WEEK of ANGELICA PAGE ON THE CIRCA STAGE The dynamic and highly acclaimed seasons of Edge at Turning Page at Circa Theatre are almost at an end.
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      • Y&H Reviews of Second Afterlife
        • 9 Jun 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • The Young and Hungry Arts Trust Ambassadors are a group of keen bean Year 12 & 13 students, who attend shows at Circa and others theatres throughout the year and write reviews.
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        • 1 Jun 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • This week on drama* on the waterfront, don’t miss your chance to see Broadway star Angelica Page on stage at Circa Theatre, Directed by Tony Award nominee Wilson Milam! Described by the Wall Street Journal as “An actress of the highest possible voltage," this award-winning star will perform two amazing solo shows, EDGE and TURNING PAGE, on alternate nights for two weeks only! 6 to 20 June, so don’t wait, BOOK NOW! And remember you save more when you BOOK FOR BOTH shows! The great philanthropists Peter and Mary Biggs were so impressed by Angelica Page’s performance of EDGE in NY that they brought her to Circa Theatre in 2005, and Circa Theatre is thrilled that they are once again helping to bring this new season of two fantastic solo-shows!  Performing two plays on alternate nights is a unique and challenging experience, and an exciting opportunity for audiences to experience. In EDGE, by Paul Alexander, you will experience a spellbinding encounter with iconic poet Sylvia Plath on the day of her suicide in 1963. Watch Angelica Page bring to life the troubled poet as she explores Plath’s complex ties to the two pivotal men in her life: her controlling father, Otto Plath, who died when she was only eight years old, and her charismatic husband, poet Ted Hughes, whose controversial and passionate relationship with Plath may have led her to her tragic end. Sylvia Plath was the author of The Bell Jar, The Colossus, Ariel and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Collected Poems. In Angelica Page’s words, Plath’s legacy to the world was “Truth.. Just raw, unadulterated, confessional, exposed soul... She just told it the way that she felt it, without worrying about what people thought about her.” (interview in the Barry Z Show, NY, 2008) Angelica Page as Sylvia Plath in EDGE.TURNING PAGE will have you mesmerised as you watch Angelica Page channel her own legendary mother, Geraldine Page, once described as “the greatest actress in the English language”. Who better than her own daughter, Angelica, to write and perform the triumphant and heartbreaking true story of “America’s finest actress”! Geraldine Page was nominated for a record-breaking eight Academy Awards and won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1986 for The Trip to Bountiful - against none other than Anne Bancroft, Whoopi Goldberg, Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep. She worked with some of the greatest, such as James Dean, Louis Jourdan, Paul Newman, Woody Allen, John Wayne, Lawrence Harvey, and Rip Torn - her husband and Angelica’s father. This is the star-filled world in which Angelica Page was raised, and here is your chance to see this superb method actress juggle two "Breathtaking, Revelatory, Magic" solo shows! Angelica Page tells the story of her mother, Geraldine, in TURNING PAGE. The two plays are about two strong, iconic women, but while EDGE is more of a 'set' piece that doesn't change except for getting more focused and trimmed back, TURNING PAGE keeps expanding as Angelica discovers new details about her mother's life and lives and breathes her on stage. It's been a busy and exciting time at Circa Theatre ahead of the shows, with the arrival of Angelica and her director, Wilson Milam! We're into tech week now, and they have begun filling Circa One with the amazing energy and vibes of the two shows. Angelica Page in rehearsal for TURNING PAGE at Circa Theatre Director Wilson Milam oversees rehearsals at Circa Theatre Angelica has also been busy giving interviews on Radio and for local newspapers, and the town is starting to buzz with excitement!  Listen to the full Radio NZ Interview with Angelica and Lynn Freeman on Standing Room Only. Angelica Page (left) in conversation with Radio New Zealand's Lynn Freeman (right)A wonderful reception for Angelica and Wilson was hosted by the US Ambassador, H.E. Mark Gilbert and Mrs Nancy Gilbert at their residency. Attended by enthusiastic arts and theatre supporters, everyone had a great time and enjoyed meeting the stars.You can see more photos on the US Embassy's Flickr page. Left to right:  Wilson Milam, Mrs Nancy Gilbert, Angela Page and His Excellency Mark Gilbert, US Ambassador Another fabulous change to meet Angelica and Wilson took place last Thursday night at The Roxy Cinema in Miramar, where Carolyn and Ray Henwood hosted a most interesting Q&A with Angelica and Wilson, and the audience had the privilege of hearing Angelica talk about her mother, Geraldine Page, and discuss with Wilson various aspects of the shows. This was followed by a screening of The Trip to Bountiful, which stars Geraldine Page in her 1985 Oscar-winning performance.  What a treat! Don't forget you still have a chance to enter The Breeze LIVE LIKE A STAR DRAW! Live like a star with EDGE and TURNING PAGE at Circa Theatre. Text STAR to 3920 to be in the draw to win! This prize-pack for two, will see the winners on a luxurious day and evening leading to the Opening Night of Broadway Star Angelica Page's EDGE at Circa Theatre onSaturday 6 June. This prize is valued at over $900 and includes: -Tickets to the Opening Night of EDGE at Circa Theatre, with drinks and nibbles after the show; - A night of luxury at the Museum Art Hotel; - Dinner for two at Encore Restaurant and Bar (up to $100 Value); - Kirkcaldie & Stains Ltd Pamper Gift Basket; - Couples massage at Beaute Spa. EDGE and TURNING PAGE are presented by Cariad LTD and proudly supported by Peter Biggs CNZM and Mary Biggs, with thanks to The Museum Art Hotel.  TWO SHOWS, ALTERNATE NIGHTS, TWO WEEKS ONLY! 6-20 JUNE - BOOK NOW at Circa Theatre  801-7992 / www.circa.co.nz
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      • A Crazy Ride
        • 28 May 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • This week on drama* on the waterfront, Director Kerryn Palmer talks about the crazy ride that is the Circa season of Second Afterlife.
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      • commedia dell’arte
        • 18 May 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • This week on drama* on the waterfront, Colleen McColl, publicist for A Servant to Two Masters, delves into the commedia dell’arte style of theatre commedia dell’arte = ‘comedy of the profession’, ‘theatre of the professional’, ‘comedy of art’ One of the most interesting things about working as a publicist is delving into other various aspects of the production and finding out about things not previously known. A Servant to Two Masters offered me a wonderful  chance to look more closely at commedia dell’arte. Google is a wonderful friend! It appears commedia dell'arte originated in streets and market places of Italy during the Italian Renaissance. Commedia was a hugely popular form of theatre with street performers. They offered improvised stories usually representing fixed social types, stock characters, such as  foolish old men, mischievous servants and young lovers. Actors joined the company very often at a young age and in each production played one character – it became their specialty. They spent their whole careers with that same company. As they aged they would moved into other roles eventually ending up as the old master. It was known as a colourful and extremely theatrical art form which allowed improvised scenarios that facilitated a comic plot to arrive at a humorous climax, with a happy ending. The performers, who used masks with exaggerated comic features to draw additional attention to themselves and complement their physical and acrobatic skills, eventually teamed up in troupes of actors, often with a travelling stage, to firmly establish commedia as a genre in it's own right by the mid-1500s.  They performed outside and relied on various props in place of extensive scenery. These "commedia troupes" performed for and were accessible to all social classes. Language was no barrier, with their skilful mime, stereotyped stock characters, traditional lazzi's (signature stunts, gags and pranks), masks, broad physical gestures, improvised dialogue and clowning they became widely accepted wherever they travelled. In later years, the tradition spread all over Europe, eventually adopting a major French influence where many of the scenarios were scripted into commedia-style plays. It is from the commedia world where such characters as Arlecchino (Harlequin), Columbine, Punchinello (Punch), The Doctor, The Captain and Pantalone emerged. It was fascinating to learn that during this period, commedia dell’arte was the only form of theatre where women were allowed on stage. A Servant to Two Masters was originally written in 1745 by Carlo Goldoni as part of the commedia dell’arte style of theatre which was still very popular at the time. He was commissioned to devise a play for a famous Harlequin. The story goes that Goldoni wrote it with a lot of room for improvisation (the scenario was pinned to the side of the stage), as was the tradition at that time, and then went away and left them to it. The production was a huge success but when he returned he was appalled by the indulgence of the actors.  In a fit of pique he wrote down a text for the players to learn and thus dealt a fatal blow to the centuries-old tradition of commedia dell’arte. It was the birth of farce as we know it today. Award winning dramatist Lee Hall (The Pitmen Painters, Billy Elliot) has adapted Goldoni’s A Servant to Two Masters for our current production at Circa. He offers us a fabulous new, rapid fire version with the language updated to now to create a pacey, action-packed physical comedy.   In light of my Google time travelling, I am astounded by Lee Hall’s ability to adapt and re-boot this timeless classic so that it is relevant, funny and highly entertaining to a contemporary audience. BRAVO MR CARLO GOLDONI! BRAVO MR LEE HALL! All Photographs by Stephen A'Court. A Servant to Two Masters runs until 30 May.  Tickets available online:  www.circa.co.nz
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      • the audience loves Don Juan
        • 11 May 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • This week on drama* on the waterfront, we're two weeks into the four-week season of Don Juan, and it has received heaps of praise from audience and reviewers alike! So far audience members have said: “I went to this show and haven't laughed so hard in a long, long time.
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      • Young And Hungry Servants
        • 8 May 2015
        • Circa Theatre
        • The Young and Hungry Arts Trust Ambassadors are a group of keen bean Year 12 & 13 students, who attend shows at Circa and others theatres throughout the year and write reviews.
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