Plays on the journey to full production. THE NEXT STAGE is
Auckland Theatre Company's annual festival of new scripts in
development and a vital part of our planning for future
Friday 18th November 7.30 pm, Play 1
Saturday 19thNovember 1.00 pm,
Play 3: Tan-Knee
19thNovember 3.30 pm, Play 1: Tea
Saturday 19th November 7.00 pm,
Play 2: Flame
Sunday 20th November 1.00 pm, Play 2:
Sunday 20th November 3.30 pm, Play 3:
Play 1 : Tea by Ahi
Directed by Sara Brodie
From the lush, green, tea estates of Sri Lanka to a distant
future, Tea is a sweeping saga which travels over a thousand years
and several continents to weave a tale of legacies, prophecies,
love and the world's most popular beverage. Ahi explains: "I
started writing Tea because I drink a ridiculous amount of it and
somehow thought I could justify what my uncle calls 'this decadent
Indulgence' as research. But more importantly I wanted to create an
ambitious, large scale work for my fellow South Asian
Since graduating from Toi Whakaari and VUW, Ahi has worked
professionally as an actor, director and producer and is the
founder and Artistic Director of Agaram Productions. This year he
was part of the Auckland Theatre Company's directing mentorship
initiative The Engine Room. Tea is his second play.
Play 2: Flame by Greg
Directed by Lara Macgregor
Greg McGee's seminal play Foreskin's Lament had a huge impact when
it was first performed in the 1980's and continues to be revived
throughout the country. Greg returns to the theatre after a
long absence with Flame, where three generations come together in a
crumbling seaside mansion and battle for their moment in the
sun. Greg comments on the inspiration for his play: "We Baby
Boomers seem to reinvent the rules as we go along - always to our
own advantage. I thought it'd be interesting to look at some of the
inter-generational tensions precipitated by the enduring
self-regard of my generation. How will our children and younger
generations regard us and what will our legacy be? A brave new
world or a broken one?"
Play 3: Tan-Knee by Maraea Rakuraku
Directed by Katie Wolfe
Tan-Knee is the first play in a trilogy by Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu
ki te Wairoa broadcaster, poet, short story writer and playwright
Maraea Rakuraku, which won the 2016 Adam NZ Play Award, as well as
Best Play by a Maori Playwright and Best Play by a Woman
Playwright. The play begins as Tū returns home to re-open the
Boxing Gym Muhammad's in partnership with his brother Pōtiki and
their cousin Eunice. Twenty years is a long time to be away and
Taneatua aka Tan-Knee isn't as Tū remembers.
Maraea is interested in providing space for voices that sit on the
margins and exploring the ongoing impact of colonialism in 21st
Century Aotearoa. "Tan-Knee was written in response to the 2007
raids that saw areas of Te Urewera locked down by the State and the
ongoing objectification through the media of my Iwi."
Play 1 PEER GYNT (RECYLED)
by Eli Kent
Play 2 UNDER THE MOUNTAIN
adapted for the stage by Pip
Play 3 ANAHERA
by Emma Kinane
PLAY 1: "The Doll's House"
by Emily Perkins (a response to the original play by Henrik
PLAY 2: "All the Things You Could Have Been If Not For Me"
by Arthur Meek
Play 3: '2080'
by Aroha White
by Anders Falstie Jensen
by Bryan Caldwell
by Carl Bland
By Briar Grace-Smith
THE TREES BENEATH THE LAKE
By Arthur Meek
By Alice Miller
Auckland Theatre Company in June, 2012.
by Victor Rodger.
by Christina Stachurski.
Produced (as ON THE UPSIDE-DOWN OF THE WORLD) by Auckland Theatre
by Victor Rodger.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT DAD
by Stephen Sinclair.
by Brian Hannam.
by Fiona Samuel.
DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH
by Lisa Chappell.
by Yvette Parsons.
Produced by Auckland Theatre Company, 2010.
THE TRUTH GAME
by Simon Cunliffe.
WHERE WE ONCE BELONGED by Sia Figiel, adapted for the stage by
Dave Armstrong. Produced by Auckland Theatre Company and New
Zealand International Arts Festival, 2008.
MIKE AND VIRGINIA
by Kathryn Burnett and Nick Ward.
STATION TO STATION
by Michael Galvin.
MY NAME IS GARY
by Victor Rodger.
Produced by Auckland Theatre Company, 2007.
by Margot McRae.
Produced by Downstage Theatre, Wellington, 2007.
Produced (as HATCH OR THE PLIGHT OF THE PENGUINS) by Auckland
Theatre Company, 2007.
"ATC Literary workshop process greatly helped my new play Hatch.
As someone who'd previously done only film scripts and radio drama,
it helped define and refine for me that new dimension of live
performance when the play's success literally hangs in the air
between actor and audience."