Sketch: Extreme Edge to Bold Production

8 Sep

Dominion Post review out today for Sketch by Kate Morris – some highlights:

‘not even [Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst] have done anything as outrageous’ as this
‘admirably ambitious’
‘strong performances’
‘well-mounted production by Eleanor Bishop, her designer Alice Hill and her lighting and sound designer, Thomas Press’

Read the full review below!
Reviewed by Laurie Atkinson, 8 Sep 2011
originally published in The Dominion Post

*And we’d like to note the programme comments quoted by Atkinson below are actually the Director’s, not the Playwright’s.

Sketch by Kate Morris Review Dominion Post

Sketch Trailer Hits the Net

28 Aug

The teaser trailer for Sketch by Kate Morris is now online for your viewing pleasure.

Sketch runs 6-17th of September, BATS THEATRE Wellington.

Sketch Rehearsals Gear Up

19 Aug Watching the Floor: Sketch Rehearsals

Rehearsals are well under way for Sketch debuting 6-17 September at BATS THEATRE.  Take a look at some of the footage of cast and crew, shot by Sylvie Kirkman of Little Noise Photography.

Don’t miss out on booking tickets for this highly anticipated show, BOOK NOW:

Watching the Floor:  Sketch Rehearsals

Bernard and Brinro:  Sketch Rehearsals

Nadi in the Box: Sketch Rehearsals

Sketch Rehearsals

For Johnny Shines at Festival of New Theatre

27 Jul

Page Left associate Whiti Hereaka’s play was chosen for production as part of the Young and Hungry 2011 season of New Theatre.  It opened July 22nd and the reviews speak for themselves:

“For Johnny is firmly in the ‘coming of age’ category, and it works an absolute treat, thanks to a clever time-traveling script by Whiti Hereaka, slick direction by Eleanor Bishop, and great performances by the young cast.” – Capital Times
Read the full review here.

“…very cleverly written, from Hereaka’s ability to translate a group of teenage characters into a performance that appeals to grown-ups, from the annoying overachiever to cool dude Johnny himself.” –
Read the full review here. 

Congrats Whiti!

Don’t miss it, book now!

Friday 22nd July – Saturday 6th August 2011
$16 Full / $14 Concession / School Group 10+ $12 / Season Pass $42 / $30 / $28

RNZ Winter Drama Season: Sketch July 17th

13 Jul

A radio adaptation of stageplay Sketch by Kate Morris will be hitting the airwaves this Sunday (July 17th) courtesy of Radio New Zealand’s Winter Drama season.

Put it in your calendars now…
3:04pm as part of The Arts on Sundays programme with Lynn Freeman.

by Kate Morris
Japanese artist, Mami Sasaki, has been asked by a terminally ill young woman, Nadi, to put her last days on display in an Art Gallery.  The exhibit of Nadi inside a sealed box is a last ditch attempt for Nadi to reconnect with her estranged father Bernard.

Cast: Naoko Shiono, Mel Dodge, Jeffrey Thomas, John Marwick, Jason Whyte, Paul Harrop

Audio for this drama will be available here after broadcast.

Produced by Prue Langbein and engineered by Phil Benge.

*Don’t forget you can see the International debut of the stageplay at Bats Theatre, Wellington this year.  September 6th – 17th.
Directed by Eleanor Bishop (The Intricate Art of Actually Caring)

McKenzie Country “unforgettable”

22 Jun

McKenzie Country by Hannah McKie continues to take Wellington by storm with packed houses and excellent reviews from both the media and word-of-mouth.

Lynn Freeman from Capital Times has this to say:  “Hats off to every member of the cast, they are uniformly brilliant, and director Rachel Henry doesn’t put a foot wrong either. This play is compelling, moving and timely. McKie is a member of PAGE LEFT, a playwright-producers group. This is their first work, and it is unforgettable.”

You can read the full review below.

McKenzie Country
Directed by Rachel Henry
Bats Theatre, to June 25
Reviewed by Lynn Freeman

DYSFUNCTIONAL families are at the heart of two Wellington theatrical premiers at the moment, this play set firmly in New Zealand today, and the Churchill play up the road at Circa. Both are exceptionally good, though Hannah McKie’s play McKenzie Country is one we may most relate to. Money is tight, the family is under huge pressure, siblings are bickering amongst themselves and with their widowed mother, secrets are slowly revealed and members of the family made to take responsibility for their actions and for the family itself.

Hayden (Alex Greig) left home for a new life in Australia which hasn’t paid off so now he’s back for a while. Stephen (Joe Dekkers-Reihana) has an undiagnosed condition, possibly autism. Michaela (Anya Tate-Manning) is the rock of this shattered family, while Viv (Brianne Kerr) is almost 30 but unwilling to leave the nest. Abbey (Anna Rose Harcourt) is a brattish selfish teenage who is constantly at war with her ultra-strict mother, Margaret (Michele Amas).

As tensions mount and secrets are revealed, you can sense the McKenzie family is on the road to either a disaster or a resolution. In the absence of a loving mother – Margaret is too busy working two jobs helping other families in need to tend to her own – it falls on the older children to take charge.

Hats off to every member of the cast, they are uniformly brilliant, and director Rachel Henry doesn’t put a foot wrong either. This play is compelling, moving and timely. McKie is a member of PAGE LEFT, a playwright-producers group. This is their first work, and it is unforgettable.”

‘Sharp Witted Humour and Superb Acting’

21 Jun Opening Night McKenzie Country 6

Yes, that’s what they’re saying about McKenzie Country by Hannah McKie which debuted at BATS Theatre in Wellington last week.

Check out our opening night photos.  Opening night was kindly sponsored by Durvillea Wines, thanks Sophie and the team!

Opening Night McKenzie Country 1  Opening Night McKenzie Country 2

Opening Night McKenzie Country 4 Opening Night McKenzie Country 5

Opening Night McKenzie Country 6