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    • Hoea tō waka, row your own canoe
      • In a peaceful cul de sac in Newtown, a stone’s throw from the town belt, sits a nondescript brick house that would attract little interest from passers by, except when music occasionally drifts out through the open windows: a scatter of drums, a glittering harp, voices that glide and soar. This is the home of musician Mara TK, his whānau, and his new record label – Meetinghouse Records. Its aim is supporting and releasing indigenous music that, while recognising the past, fixes its vision squarely on the future.
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    • Dunedin artists boosting environmental awareness and biodiversity
      • <figure class=" sqs-block-image-figure intrinsic " > Josh Thomas (an Urban Dream Brokerage Advisory Board member) heads the water diviners at the opening of Awa HQ. Image: Justin Spiers. Water divining in the Dunedin town belt has kicked off the first of two innovative public art commissions, which sees artists respond to the city’s environmental needs as part of Te Ao TÅ«roa, Dunedin’s Environment Strategy. In a programme called Environment Envoy, Dunedin’s Urban Dream Brokerage announce two projects following a call for proposals in August: Awa HQ, a collaboration by Angela Lyon, Aroha Novak and Charlotte Parallel dedicated to Dunedin’s ToitÅ« stream, and What Grows Where You Live, a project led by artist Ruth Evans involving revegetation and artwork creation with native plant species. The commissions, worth $6500 each, are part of Dunedin's Urban Dream Brokerage service, funded by Dunedin City Council and supported by national public art organisation Letting Space. “We are working to encourage Dunedin’s community to see their local environment in new ways, and specifically to get more action happening to increase biodiversity,” says Dunedin City Councillor and Te Ao TÅ«roa Partnership Chair David Benson-Pope. “The city is also using and creating strong partnerships between different sectors to deliver a better natural environment. Artists have a vital role to play in all of this – from making new connections and encouraging partnerships to enabling people to see their world from completely different perspectives.” Awa HQ acknowledges ToitÅ« stream, hidden within Dunedin’s CBD, provides a vital connection to Dunedin’s environment and heritage. The project looks at the history, condition and relationships of the stream by gathering together diverse stories, experiences and responses. Treating the stream as a living entity, the artists were inspired by the passing of the Whanganui River Claims Settlement Bill, which in March which gave the Whanganui River, Te Awa Tupua, the same status as a legal person. The project was launched with a picnic and a water divining hikoi with Stephen Kilroy and Taonga PÅ«oro artists Jennifer Cattermole and Jessica Latton on 25 November. They are now inviting other artists to respond to their call this coming weekend Saturday 9 December 12pm to 4pm by presenting work at Awa HQ, an empty lot at 175 Rattray Street, Dunedin, beside the now concealed stream. Featuring a range of performances, actions, discussions and picnics Awa HQ will culminate in a final hikoi on Saturday 17 February 2018. The second project What Grows Where You Live embraces the biodiversity available in Ōtepoti/Dunedin. Focusing on the plant species raupo, harakeke, kowhai and poroporo, the project begins by working with private and public landowners to introduce native flora across the greater Dunedin region through planting schemes. Materials will be gathered from these sites to be used in constructing art works hosted in a vacant space in Dunedin’s CBD in April 2018. The exhibition will feature workshops for skills and knowledge sharing, and a zine providing understanding of where these plants grow, how to source them, and their traditional application in Māori society. “The Environment Envoy projects will engage more of our community in the work to achieve the goals of Te Ao TÅ«roa,” says Councillor Benson-Pope, “and also strengthen collaboration between artists and the public, iwi, scientists, councils, business and community groups. We all have a key role to play in enhancing our environment.” For more information: contact Katrina Thomson email:
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    • Circa 2015 Season - jam-packed with theatre for all audiences!
      • Red Riding Hood, the PantomimeBy Roger HallSongs by Paul Jenden and Michael Nicholas WilliamsDirected by Susan Wilson2-10 JanuaryCirca One What a big smile you’ll have …Don’t miss Circa’s fabulous Christmas panto! And this year Red Riding Hood is back with one of the great traditional stories – innocent Red Riding Hood, her poor, short sighted grandmother, and of course the handsome woodcutter and that villain of all villains, the Wolf!There’s lots of laughter, hilarious jokes and musical goodies in Red’s basket as she sets off on her journey to entertain young and old with this marvellous magical treat.“A great way to introduce kids to the magic of theatre, and Red Riding Hood is easily the ideal Christmas outing for the holdiays … a treat” – Salient“Roger Hall’s helter-skelter Red Riding Hood… is wonderfully exuberant seasonal fun” – The Dominion Post The Kitchen at the End of the WorldBy William ConnorDirected by Steffen Kreft16-25 JanuaryCirca Two “Something is coming. I don’t know what it is. And I don’t know if I should fight it or welcome it.” One snowy evening, an empty 83-room hotel on the edge of the Vastness receives a thin guest who has walked all the way from the City. Penniless, he is smuggled into the hotel kitchen where a kind cook works near an extraordinary thyme plant. He says that creativity is dying. Described as “intensely beautiful”, “provocative and moving”, The Kitchen at the End of the World is the story of marionettes who know they are limited by the extent of their strings – even kissing can tangle them – but they crave what lies beyond their reach. A story about home, the unknown, and the courage to face everything in between. The show captivated audiences at its sell-out debut season during the Greytown Festival 2012and is a powerful reminder that puppetry is not just a children's art form. SeedBy Elisabeth EastherDirected by Kerryn Palmer17 January – 14 FebruaryCirca One SEX & DRUGS, WITHOUT THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL IVF isn’t foolproof and IUDs aren’t failsafe. iPhones come with ovulation apps and ‘choosing from the menu’ means selecting your sperm. Seed follows four women as they try to get pregnant, stay pregnant or become un-pregnant - the dilemmas of modern reproduction. Elisabeth Easther’s Seed is winner of the 2014 Adam New Zealand Play Award, which recognises and celebrates the best in new writing for the theatre. It’s a multi-narrative play about the mysterious business of fertility, with all of its challenges, heartaches and hormones. Seed is a drama that’ll have you laughing ‘til the tears are running down your face, and it’s a comedy that’ll make you cry. “Highly entertaining, funny and sophisticated” - Adam Play Award Judges “[A] sophisticated, witty and very contemporary meditation on the timeless processes of procreation.” - NZ Herald STARRING: Tess Jamieson-Karaha, Jamie McCaskill, Emily Regtien, Holly Shanahan and Amy Tarleton Warning: Adult themes and strong language. Demolition of the CenturyBased on the novel by Duncan SarkiesCreated by Duncan Sarkies and Sean O’Brien31 January – 21 FebruaryCirca Two Welcome to the world of Tom Spotswood, an insurance investigator who has lost his socks, his suitcase, his ex-wife and his son, Frank. Fresh from performances in the New Zealand Festival, Auckland Writers Festival, Tauranga Arts Festival and Nelson Arts Festival, Demolition of the Century sees author/performer Duncan Sarkies (Two Little Boys/Scarfies/Flight of the Conchords) stage a humorous and sometimes heartbreaking look at families, memories and the fragility of the human mind. He is accompanied by musician Joe Blossom, who plays a soundtrack that is both haunting and invigorating. “A series of brilliant vignettes, delivered in an inspired cabaret-style reading by the multi-talented Sarkies, and outstanding musician Joe Blossom… Blossom not only creates fluid and essential musical transitions, but his beautiful vocals, self-accompanied on piano and guitar, imbue this work with a powerful pathos that allow glimpses of the inner landscape of these characters. Demolitionis a fast-paced, darkly captivating cabaret-comedy, which leaves us fully entertained and tantalizingly close to solving a puzzle.” –Bay of Plenty Times Wake Up TomorrowPresented by Everybody Cool Lives HereIn association with ActiveDirected by Isobel MacKinnon21-28 FebruaryCirca One Welcome aboard Active Airlines! Join the eccentric passengers during this compelling, surreal and funny flight. Made under the guidance of Wellington theatre makers in collaboration with Active, a service for youth with an intellectual impairment, Wake Up Tomorrow was created from the minds of these incredible young people. Audiences will be transported from the mundane moments on a long haul flight to bizarre and hilarious scenarios.  Please fasten your seat belts, make sure you are in the upright position and enjoy the journey. We may or may not arrive at the expected destination. “In a work of this kind there is always a delicate balance to be held between presenting a polished product at the same time as allowing for a playful improvised quality to emerge that allows the actors to perform to their strengths. This was very evident in the final few scenes …” – Madeline McNamara Yep, Still Got It!By Jane Keller and Sandy BrewerDirected by Alan PalmerMusical Director Michael Nicholas Williams28 February – 21 MarchCirca Two YOUTH IS A GIFT OF NATURE, BUT AGE IS A WORK OF ART – Stanislaw Jerzy Lec Following the huge success of BOOMERS BEHAVING BADLY, Jane Keller returns with another hilarious show. A little older, a little wiser, a lot sassier, and even more confused. Whatever happened to the days when a cloud was a cloud, when face time was over a G&T, and we punctuated our sentences with full stops - not smiley faces? From senior sex and those pesky STDs to shopping sprees and colonoscopies, Jane shares stories of abject embarrassment, medical (mis)adventures, empowerment, and acceptance. In YEP, STILL GOT IT!  she embraces the power of an older woman with no FOMO. Together with the brilliant Michael Nicholas Williams on the piano Jane brings a brand-new show to Circa Two combining her special style of storytelling with her virtuoso Broadway voice. Capital E Kids FestivalCirca One CaterpillarsBy Kallo Collective Directed by Thomas MoncktonProduced by Show Pony7 March 10 am & 11.30am A tale of two puppeteers’ failed attempts at beautification. In the magical world of flitting butterflies, jumping eggs and giant swaying flowers, two lycra-clad puppeteers try their hardest to remain unseen and at service to their puppets: two enormous plump caterpillars. Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, with nothing but their wits to cover up their escalating blunders, two appealingly hopeless clown puppeteers bring upbeat absurdity, slapstick silliness, and a good dose of reality to their hilarious and unpredictable antics. Beards! Beards! Beards!By Trick of the Light TheatreDirected by Hannah SmithWritten by Ralph McCubbin HowellProduced by Show Pony21 March 10am & 1pm Beatrix didn’t want a tiara. Beatrix wanted a BEARD! From Charles Darwin to Abraham Lincoln, Karl Marx to Mr Twit, it is said the secret to power and greatness is all in the size and shape of the beard. This is a tale of one young girl’s increasingly inventive efforts to grow the world’s most magnificent beard. Join a madcap and hilarious musical romp of physical comedy and clowning, as our plucky young heroine shakes up social rules and attempts to answer the questions that have puzzled mankind since the dawn of the beard. Suitable for  children 5+. The PianistBy Circo Aereo (Fin) and Thomas Monckton (NZ)In conjunction with Show Pony (NZ)Directed by Sanna Silvennoinen and Thomas Monckton7-22 MarchCirca One Direct from Edinburgh Fringe and the London Mime Festival, last year’s hit returns to Circa! “It would be no exaggeration to declare Thomas Monckton nothing short of a genius.” – Broadway Baby (UK) “I doubt very much that you’ll see, in fact I am prepared to bet on it, a funnier show this year…miss him at your peril”  – The Dominion Post (NZ) Fresh from a five-star reviewed season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a sell-out season at Circa Two last year, award-winning performer Thomas Monckton returns with his smash hit The Pianist, this time at Circa One! The Pianist is a solo comic contemporary circus piece by Thomas Monckton (NZ) and Circo Aereo (Finland). The show is centered on, in, under, and around the magnificent grand piano. Accompanying this elegant apparatus is the poised pianist himself. Only he is so focused on impressing everyone that before he realises it, his show has transformed from the highbrow concert he hoped for, into a spectacularly amusing catastrophe. Suitable for all ages. The Mystery of Edwin DroodA musical by Rupert HolmesDirected by Lyndee-Jane Rutherford28 March – 25 AprilCirca One Who the Dickens did the deed? You decide! A non-stop ride of mystery, murder, and musical delight! Based on Charles Dickens’ final, unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is filled with clues, red herrings, villainy, and debauchery. Everyone on stage is a suspect – and it's up to you to decide how this mystery ends!Hot off Broadway, this Tony Award-winning theatrical genius is led by director Lyndee-Jane Rutherford (Midsummer (a play with songs)), who reunites with the artistic team that brought Grease and Mamma Mia to the Wellington stage. The cast includes beloved actor of stage, screen and radio, Lloyd Scott, and internationally renowned soprano, Barbara Graham (Christine, Phantom of the Opera). The Mystery of Edwin Drood boasts spectacular big dance numbers, rousing showtunes, stunning theatrics, magic, and illusions!  Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score“One of the most inventive, inspired and rousing musicals ever devised.”—AM New York“Infectious fun!”—Time Out New York “Bawdy fun!”—Associated Press “Sheer fun!”—The Wall Street Journal Two MortalsDirected by Geoff PinfieldPerformed by Rachael Dyson-McGregor & Mike McEvoyComposed by Beatrice Lewis1-18 AprilCirca Two 'A powerful theatrical experience suffused with humour, beauty and emotional intelligence' – The Melbourne AgeTwo Mortals is a delicate, poetic and humorous exploration of life, death and the moment in between. Composed word-for-word from interviews with people who live and work at the ends of life – morticians, cryogenicists, palliative care workers and ministers – Two Mortals weaves these true stories and experiences into a richly theatrical exploration of mortality. This uplifting work about one of our society's most taboo subjects was directed by Chapman Tripp Director of the Year Geoff Pinfield. Created and performed by Rachael Dyson-MacGregor and Mike McEvoy, Two Mortals sold out two critically-acclaimed seasons at Melbourne's La Mama Theatre. Improv for KidsBy The Improvisors7-18 AprilCirca Two Kids love theatre that’s interactive. So do the Improvisors. Kids (and their grown-ups) loved the 2014 season of Improv For Kids, so we’re bringing it back. It’s a great opportunity to introduce your kids to the world of live theatre. We may not have millions of dollars worth of computer-generated effects, but we do listen to kids and we make their ideas central to what happens on stage. In Improv For Kids, imagination is the best special effect of them all! Don JuanBased on Don Juan by MoliereCreated by A Slightly Isolated DogDirected by Leo Gene Peters25 April – 23 MayCirca Two World Premiere A sexy, fierce, raucous celebration.  Don Juan explodes with the energy of a music gig or a club.  It’s a cabaret.  It’s chaos.  It’s a furious adrenalized romp through the games of attraction and sexuality.  It’s the BEST… PARTY… EVER.  Five mad performers use a variety of theatrical forms and styles to bring an adaptation of Moliere’s classic play to life.  Loaded with pop songs and flirting, this imaginative work will continually intrigue, delight and surprise. While the bar keeps serving drinks.  All night long.   Created by A Slightly Isolated Dog, one of Wellington’s most innovative and exciting companies.  Critically acclaimed and award winning shows include:  Death and the Dreamlife of Elephants (2009, 2011), Perfectly Wasted (2012 - in partnership with Long Cloud Youth Theatre) and Settling (2007). A Servant to Two MastersBy Carlo GoldoniA new adaptation by Lee HallDirected by Ross Jolly2-30 MayCirca One NZ Premiere Love, passion and pandemonium Goldoni’s much-loved comic classic is a masterpiece starring a wily servant whose cheeky, inventive trickery gets the best of his masters, in a merry mix-up of mayhem and mistaken identity. Truffaldino, the scheming and perpetually hungry servant, concocts a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by simultaneously serving two masters – the lovelorn Beatrice (disguised as a man) and her lost lover Florindo. Hilarity abounds In this sharp, new, rapid-fire adaptation by award winning dramatist Lee Hall (The Pitmen Painters, Billy Elliot).   A delicious, madcap Italian comedy of lovers, disguises, tricks, traps, mishaps and meatballs! “A sparkling, wonder filled new version by Lee Hall... An evening to cherish” – Daily Mail “A hugely enjoyable night out" – Covent Garden Life TheatresportsBy The Improvisors3 May – 14 JuneCirca Two Part of NZ International Comedy Festival The Improvisors are back at Circa with another season of this very popular show. Each night two teams of Improvisors take suggestions from the audience and spin them into short scenes, songs, poems or whatever else takes their fancy. Each show is completely different – what does stay the same is that Theatresportsis always a great night’s entertainment for the whole family. We don’t know what ideas you are going to throw at us – we do know that our kind of improv magic has been keeping audiences laughing over many years. Theatresports – putting the “make up” on stage. Second AfterlifeBy Ralph McCubbin HowellDirected by Kerryn Palmer29 May – 13 JuneCirca Two Return Season of the 2014 Young and Hungry sensation!Dan was an internet junkie – now he’s calling it quits. But in order to forge a new profile, he must face up to his online history and it’s not going down without a fight.When Dan finds himself sucked into the Second Afterlife – a dark underworld of the internet, a very real and dangerous landscape of broken memes, deleted pages, and the ghosts of profiles past. Second Afterlife is a dark comedy about life (and death) in the digital age. Inspired by Dante's Inferno, and in the tradition of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, it is a twisted allegory for the Facebook generation – a poetic, ass-kicking romp to the darkest corners of the web. “Ralph McCubbin Howell cements his status as one of NZ's best young playwrights with Second Afterlife and director Kerryn Palmer, her designers and crew, and her exemplary cast of six do him proud.” - TheatreviewBy arrangement with Playmarket.Edge/Turning PageBroadway Star, ANGELICA PAGE“An actress of the highest possible voltage” – Wall Street JournalPerforming two shows, alternate nights, two weeks only6-20 JuneCirca One EDGE written by PAUL ALEXANDER Set in 1963 on the day of Sylvia Plath’s death, Edge presents the self-told story of the troubled poet and author of The Bell Jar, The Colossus, Ariel and the Pulitzer-Prize winning Collected Poems. “… a resurrected Sylvia Plath… the showcase of a lifetime” NEW YORK TIMESRETURNING TO OUR STAGE 10 YEARS AFTER ITS SENSATIONAL 2005 CIRCA SEASON TURNING PAGE written by ANGELICA PAGEGeraldine Page’s sparkling career earned her a record-breaking eight Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Best Actress in 1986, and made her one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century. Turning Page is the triumphant and heartbreaking true story of one of the most celebrated actresses of all time, written and performed by the person who knew her best: her own daughter. “A privilege” Los Angeles Times Matariki Development FestivalPresented by Tawata Productions22 June – 4 JulyCirca TwoAn international indigenous playwrights’ festival boasting an enviable whakapapa of the very best of contemporary Maori & Pasifika theatre.  MDF 2015 features new writing by Natano Keni, James Nokise and Pikihuia Haenga. the beautiful onesWritten and Directed by Hone KoukeProduced by Tawata ProductionsMovement by Dolina Wehipeihana & Hone KoukaDesign by K*Saba, Tama Waipara, Johnson Witehira, Wai Mihinui, Jaimee Warda, Sopheak Seng, Laurie Dean 27 June – 11 JulyCirca One World Premiere A hyperreal digital love story.  the beautiful ones is a story of young love.  A promise Hana made to Ihia – a promise to return.  Will she return?  Will love triumph over temptation?  the beautiful ones bursts from the late night sheen of a city club.  Beautiful bodies & vital vocals.  Defiant dance moves and the meaning of love.  the beautiful ones features a dance floor for the audience to share the vibe.  From the company that brought you I, George Nepia, Sunset Road and TŪ. Warning: Contains Big Beats & Dance Music. The Ugly OneWritten by Marius von Mayenburg; translated by Maja ZadaDirected by Giles Burton11 July – 8 AugustCirca Two A scalpel sharp, absurd comic fantasy about beauty. Lette thinks he is normal, but when he discovers that he is, in fact, unbelievably ugly he turns to a plastic surgeon for help. Suddenly he is the most beautiful man in the world. Fame and riches follow; women want to sleep with him and men want to look like him. And with surgery they can look like him. Exactly like him. Received around the world to great acclaim, The Ugly One now receives its NZ premiere. With writer von Mayenburg’s star very much in the ascendant, this show is a must see.   "A stripped bare satire on the nature of beauty. If you are interested in theatrical story-telling see this show." – The Times (UK) “Savage social satire … A small but perfectly formed play” – The Guardian (UK) “The concept is simple but the philosophical implications are profound: What if money could buy the perfect face? It’s The Elephant Manmeets The Matrix” – Post City (Toronto) The Hound of the BaskervillesBy Arthur Conan DoyleAdapted for the stage by Clive FrancisDirected by Ross Jolly25 July – 29 AugustCirca One Sherlock Holmes vs the Powers of Evil A bloodcurdling howl is heard across a cold, moonlit moor; the horrifying, spectral hound has claimed another victim … When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on his remote estate, in eerie, seemingly supernatural circumstances, Sherlock Holmes, the legendary, world-famous detective and his assistant, the ever-reliable Dr Watson are called upon to unravel the extraordinary mystery of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous and most popular story, in an exhilarating adaptation by Clive Francis (Our Man in Havana), sees four actors playing all the parts in this gripping, classic tale of terror. A thrilling, ripping good night of fun, drama and suspense! “A cracking good yarn … Excellent ... Highly enjoyable." - Daily Telegraph "Chillingly atmospheric... this fun show will really thrill. " - The Observer Downton AdlibBy The Improvisors2 August – 27 SeptemberCirca Two Quality costume drama – only funnier. An aristocratic English family and their servants face the challenges of life in the early twentieth century. A cast of Wellington’s top improv comedians face the challenge of making up a brand new episode every night. We supply the characters, you supply the key plot ingredients and the result is costume drama as you’ve never seen it before. Love, laughter, passion and a wide range of hats! The Travelling SquirrelBy Robert LordDirected by Susan Wilson5 September – 3 OctoberCirca One NZ Premiere “We that live to please must please to live” – Dr Samuel Johnson From Robert Lord, the author of the award-winning and much loved Joyful & Triumphant, comes The Travelling Squirrel, a romp through the fickle nature of the entertainment industry. Protagonist Bart compares his struggles as a writer to those of Roger the squirrel, a misunderstood painter. Hilarious and packed with larger-than-life characters, this play is a testament to Lord’s ability to write brilliant comedy.  A satire tempered with deep affection, The Travelling Squirrel depicts a dangerous world in which fame and fortune are always temptingly just around the corner “This is surely one of Lord’s funniest plays, just as it is one of the most moving”   – Philip Mann “For two decades, Robert Lord’s plays astonished and entertained theatre audiences with their sharp satire and flamboyant farce.”  - David O’Donnell The BookbinderWritten by Ralph McCubbin HowellDirected by Hannah SmithPresented by Trick of the Light Theatre25 September – 10 OctoberCirca TwoThey say you can get lost in a good book. But it's worse to get lost in a bad one... From award-winning company Trick of the Light Theatre (The Road That Wasn’t There) comes a story of mystery, magic and mayhem. The Bookbinder weaves shadowplay, paper art, puppetry, and music into an original dark fairytale in the vein of Coraline and Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell. An inventive one-man performance for curious children and adventurous adults... suitable for children 8+. Best Theatre and Best in the Fringe - NZ Fringe 2014 International Excellence Award - Sydney Fringe 2014 "Spell-binding storytelling at its purest and best..." - Theatreview"Absorbing and imaginative… a small gem of theatre" - The Dominion Post "Tuned to perfection... Bookworms of all stripes and ages will adore it."- The Age, Melbourne For more information visit GiftedBy Patrick EvansBased on the novel of the same nameDirected by Conrad Newport10-31 OctoberCirca One It is 1955 and beyond the famous hedge something magic is about to happen. In his beloved garden the “Father of the Nations Fiction” Frank Sargeson is waiting for his old mate Harry to turn up. Instead, he encounters a young woman fresh from a mental institution. Her name is Janet Frame. Their world is about to change forever. From the director of Rita and Douglas comes this very funny and profoundly moving story. Touring the Arts Festivals in 2013 to incredible reviews and widespread acclaim it’s now Wellington’s chance to experience this celebrated New Zealand production. “Like an exquisite work of art, the play Gifted is honed to near perfection … go and see this gorgeous production.” – Taranaki “Superb performances by all … it is thrilling … it makes for astonishingly joyful, mischievous theatre.” – Dunedin “Sheer quality” – Christchurch Adventures in PianolandWritten and performed by JAN PRESTONDirected by GAYLENE PRESTON15-17 OctoberCirca Two How I learned to stop worrying and love the piano The irrepressible Jan Preston comes clean on her longstanding and sometimes bumpy road to piano stardom. Jan will spin yarns from dives in Soho to the concert halls of Europe, to stealing a piano in broad daylight from the 1860s Bar in Lambton Quay. She will accompany herself, of course, on Circa Theatres' lovingly cared for piano.  You will hear Chopsticks as you have never heard it, with Jan's original songs and compositions providing perfect counterpoint to her story. AcheBy Pip HallDirected by Lyndee-Jane Rutherford24 October – 21 NovemberCirca Two Fate, chance and rooftop romance.  Ache is a fateful comedy about two thirty-somethings trying to find their way through modern love, materialism and the Wellington dating-drought. At a time when we are promised happiness with the swipe of a card or the swig of a bottle, true joy and connection seems almost impossible. At crossroads and rooftop gardens, fate decides to surprise them. At last, connection, chemistry, charisma. He’s perfect, she’s gorgeous. Only timing’s not as kind – he’s taken. Is it just not meant to be or will she push timing aside and take fate into her own hands?   Achingly-funny and heart-breakingly sad, Ache is a modern story of love, timing and seizing the day.Don’t miss this WELLINGTON PREMIERE, finally on our stage after its SOLD-OUT season at Christchurch’s Court Theatre. All Our SonsBy Witi IhimaeraPresented by Taki Rua5-14 NovemberCirca One World Premiere Courage and loyalty is tested in this new play by Witi Ihimaera “Once they fought each other, now shoulder to shoulder they fight together” Two generations go to war while a third fights a battle to keep her family at home. Waru Mataira and his two sons Tai and Rangi volunteer to represent the Maori iwi of Mataira Mountain in the New Zealand Native Contingent to Gallipoli. Under the guidance of their Pakeha leader Alec Campbell, they join the battle on the western front as part of the newly titled Pioneer Battalion where their courage is tested and so too are their loyalties. Taki Rua Productions presents the World Premiere of All Our Sons, a ground-breaking play by Witi Ihimaera. Roger Hall’s Robin Hood, the PantomimeSongs by Paul Jenden and Michael Nicholas WilliamsDirected by Susan Wilson21 November – 20 DecemberCirca One There he is! Oh no he isn’t. Oh, yes he is!! With loaded bow behind a treeYou never know where he will beHe moves like velvet, sleek and svelteAround the Wellington town belt His eye is quick, his aim is sureHe robs the rich to feed the poorHe’s always on the side of goodThe hero known as Robin Hood He lies in wait for those who ownA big estate and second homeFor millionaires who don’t pay tax  For bankers who don’t watch their backs You’ll see them suffer their defeatIn Circa’s brand new summer treatA pantomime for one and allIt’s Robin Hood by Roger Hall “fabulously fast and furious ... A treat”  - Capital Times “ACTION-PACKED… TONS OF FUN FOR YOUNG AND OLD!”  - The Dominion Post A Child’s Christmas in Wales (and other memories of childhood)By Dylan ThomasDramatised and performed by Ray Henwood28 November – 20 DecemberCirca Two What has been described as one of the most magical of Christmas stories is brought to the stage by Ray Henwood. It is rounded out by other memories of childhood, first presented by Dylan Thomas in one of his regular talks on the BBC Welsh Home Service. Thomas had a very happy childhood and so many of his young experiences resonate still with us today.The town of Swansea which is the locale of his stories had changed little by the time Ray was growing up. While Dylan lived in more salubrious surroundings, Ray was a “Sandfields” boy referred to by Dylan- and played in many of the areas described in the stories. It is a truly timeless tale and family celebrations have changed little, even in countries that celebrate a summer Christmas. Dylan’s work brings back memories that resonate so well with young and old. it is a true celebration of our experiences growing up.
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    • October Newsletter
      • In this month’s newsletter:     Wellington DH Series Rd 1 Report - Long Gully Upcoming WDHS Races - Karori & Maidstone Long Gully Start Ramp Retired South Coast Kids Track receives Regional Community Award   8Wired, Bruhaus & WMTBC present Ales for Trails Trail Building Updates Chance to see “Rad Company” on the Big Screen T-Shirt Orders Wellington Downhill Series Round 1 – Long Gully Matt Walker styles is up on the way to taking out the Pro Elite win. Photo: Dave Preece/Big Design. The first race in the Wellington Downhill Series went down Saturday 11th October at Long Gully – and what a day. The race doubled as the second round of the NZ Downhill Series, so the field was stacked. All up about 140 riders took to the hill including a strong contingent from out of town and uncharacteristically for Wellington – the weather was hospitable, creating impeccable conditions for racing at the infamous Gully.   Top spots in the Pro Elite category went to Matt Walker, Louis Hamilton and Wyn Masters respectively, demonstrating the calibre of competition on the day. In other categories – Wellington’s Oceania Champ Sarah Atkin took out Open Women, and in Open Men – Lloyd Jenks snuck into 5th narrowly ahead of Jourdan Lethbridge in 6th. In Under 15 – the Hutt Valley’s Lachie McDonald took 8 seconds out of the competition, and Wellington dominated Masters 30+ and 40+ with Derek Winwood and Ali Quinn in top spots respectively.   A huge thanks to all our volunteers, and to everyone that came out to support. We’ll catch you at WDHS Round 2 in Karori, Saturday 8th November.   Full race results – WDHS points –Photoset from the event –Wyn Master’s race run WDHS Rounds 2 & 3 - Karori & Maidstone Rounds two and three of the Wellington Downhill Series are forthcoming. Round 2 next month - Saturday 8th November at Karori Park on the revitalised 98DH. And for the final round we visit Maidstone - Saturday 6th December.    Information and registration online at Karori 8th Nov - Enter Online >> Maidstone 6th Dec - Enter Online >>   **VOLUNTEERS** Race marshals and drivers are urgently needed for these events. We greatly appreciate any help offered. If interested - please contact Long Gully Start Ramp Retired  As some of you may be aware, changes are afoot at Long Gully. In short, the landowners are building a house at the top of the Race Track, and earthworks are starting this week. So - the time has come for the original Long Gully start ramp to be put into retirement.   We’ll bring you updates regarding further developments as soon as they come to hand. But in the meantime, as construction on the house begins - access to Long Gully will occasionally be limited. Status updates will be sent out as required via Facebook,, and email. We would appreciate your cooperation during this time.   We would like to extend our thanks to the Watsons for their hospitality over the past 14 years during which Long Gully has has become synonymous with Wellington Downhill. Regional Community Award for the South Coast Kids Track The award takes pride of place in Floyd's Cafe, right underneath one of the club's new posters that you will see up and around town. Photo Mat Wright / Floyd's Cafe Last month the South Coast Kids Track was formally acknowledged at the 2014 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards – receiving the top accolade in the Sports and Leisure category. The awards pay tribute to volunteer groups from the Wellington Region whose work has had a positive impact on their local community.   In June, the track was officially opened in Island Bay, and the past months have seen significant uptake by local families and children, and Island Bay School who are running cycling classes on the track. Future plans are in place to encourage more local schools to utilise the track, and Wellington City Council has indicated that the successful model could also be viable in other suburbs.   Thanks to Wellington Airport, Wellington Community Trust, Wellington City Council, Trail Fund NZ, Bike Wellington, Revolve Cycling and Southstar Trails, and importantly - all those in the community that have supported the project.    8Wired, Bruhaus & WMTBC present Ales for Trails A few weeks ago we received a call from Brian at 8Wired asking if there is anything they could do to help us out. A few days later, we had a tap takeover at the Bruhaus organised. There was an excellent turnout on the night, and some very tasty beers from their very special barrel aged series. All in all the event raised $600 for trail building, probably the easiest fundraising we will ever do, just turn up and drink beer. A huge thanks to all those that turned up and imbibed, and to 8 Wired and the Bruhaus for organising the event and their donations. Trail Building Updates Clinical (Polhill Reserve)  The Brooklyn Trail Builders are nearing completion of the latest addition to the Polhill Reserve trail network - Clinical. The new track was made possible through funding received last year from Transpower, Wellington Marathon Clinic and private contributors. Brooklyn Trail Builders volunteers hard at it on Clinical. Photo lifted from BTB Facebook page.    Ultimately it will be an uphill only trail completing an approximately 7km ‘Grand Loop’ of the Reserve. But for the short term Clinical will be open to two-way traffic, contingent on the development of the proposed downhill only trail - Ladylumps. Advice from the Brooklyn Trail Builders is that downhill traffic on Clinical should ride with caution, and give way to uphill traffic.   The majority of the trail has now been built including surfacing and the planting of approximately 500 natives by the trailside. All that remains is 200m of track to be built by volunteers over the next few months, and the installation of structures to cross a number of streams on the track.     Clinical will remain closed until opening in early-2015, and plans are in place to host an event marking the occasion. Watch this space.  98DH (Karori) Over the past few months a crew have been working behind Karori Park rejuvenating the 98DH track which played host to Round 2 of the Wellington DH Series last year.    November 8th this year, 98DH will again host WDHS Round 2 and riders can expect a few welcome changes - most notably more elevation and a longer track. While the lower section into the finish remains relatively unchanged, the top section has been reworked, a number of new lines and jumps have been added, and a start ramp will be in place on race day. On the whole the track retains its characteristic technical personality and will undoubtedly keep riders on their toes.    Cheers to Curtis and crew.    Miramar Track Project The big news is the completion of Juvie and the grade 2 loop, including the kids dual slalom. The new kids dual slalom, part of the new beginners loop at the top of Mt Crawford. Southstar toiled away for a couple of weeks with their diggers opening the line up, for TGL and vollys to come through and tidy up the line and put in several hundred plants. Thomas from TGL has been doing some long hours in the run up to Labour Weekend to get the gravel down and compacted so it was good to ride. Plan is to have an official track opening and open day 30th November. Look out on the club site and Miramar Track Project facebook page for details. Mt Victoria Southstar have also been putting their 2 diggers to good use on Mt Victoria. The lower section of Hippy's has been tidied up from the wooden step down to the exit. New tables and hips have been shaped. Futher down the hill, some of the other tracks have been tidied up, including the Zig Zag and a new climbing track down above the Badminton Hall. WCC has also been running a consultation and coming up with a plan for the northern part of Mt Vic (from the SPCA to the summit). The club is working closely with the planners, ensuring that Rod's plan for those tracks gets incorporated. The club has also been working with WCC on the design for a new descending track from the SPCA roots to the kid's skills area. This proposed new track will eventually form part of the Super D line and will work round some sections of this track that the council is going to close. A high level plan has been mapped out, and can be see on the club site. Reserves Consultation Yup it's WCC Consultation time again. This time it is the "Suburban Reserves Management Plan". This plan hasn't been updated in 10 years, so now is the time for us as Mountain Bikers to get some input. Whilst most of our tracks are either in the Town Belt, Outer Town Belt or special areas that have their own plans, like Mt Vic, this will impact a small number of tracks. Most significantly Miramar and likely, 98DH. The proposed plan also includes some intentions by WCC to investigate options for Watts Peninsula. This is the Defense land north of the prison in Miramar. If you want more cycling facilities like pump tracks and skills areas in local reserves, then head over to the WCC website and make an online submission. We have had some really great turnouts from the community over the past couple of years on these and it has made a big difference to these plans, and the money is starting to come, so please take 5 minutes and fill out the form.  Rad Company Showing - 26th November The Aotearoa Adventure Film Festival is returning to Wellington!   BRANDON SEMENUK'S RAD COMPANY - WELLINGTON - ONE NIGHT ONLY    The Aotearoa Adventure Film Festival (AAFF) is proud to return for its second year. Presented by and Torpedo7, AAFF is pleased to present some special one-night only screenings of the latest epic Red Bull mountainbike film: Brandon Semenuk's Rad Company.    Film Trailer:   Spectacular riding and filming, so grab some mates and come on down for a night of cinematic mountain bike action on the big screen   Wellington - Rad Company Date: Wednesday, November 26th, 8pm Venue: Lighthouse Cinema Cuba Tickets: $15 available directly at and limited door sales on the night.    We hope to see you at the festival! Web: Facebook: T-Shirt Orders Are On Again Just in time for a summer of shredding, or for stocking stuffers, we are doing another run of our classic logo T. As per normal, we do preorders only. This means that we can offer more colour combos. The T's are all 100% cotton, AS Color T's and screen printed here by Brazen. $30 to you, all profits go back into the club to help us with events and trail building. Orders will close Sunday 16th November. You will have your Tshirt 7-10 days later. Order yours on the club site now.     Want to keep in touch? Follow WMTBC For up-to-date Club news, updates and media - follow us on Facebook, or check the Club page at 1080p WMTBC Desktops Mo’ whips. Rider: Wyn Masters Download Desktop And here’s one commemorating the recently retired Long Gully start ramp. Rider: Steve Wallace. Download Desktop
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