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Opening 25 Nov 2014 at Odlins Plaza, Taranki Wharf [Wellington]
Spiegelworld EMPIRE
EMPIRE smashes the boundaries of circus, cabaret, variety and burlesque, reinventing the genres for a 21st century audience. The show had its world premiere season in New York City during the summer of 2012, where it was the first tented show ever seen in Times Square. [more]

Opening 25 Nov 2014 at Q Loft, tickets collected at The Basement [Auckland]
SHEEP
The play may be called Sheep, but award-winning Kiwi playwright Arthur Meek strays far from the common herd in his very different take on New Zealand history. Sixteen bright new actors showcase themselves in this production, ending a year at The Actors’ Program, from November 19 at The Basement. [more]

Opening 25 Nov 2014 at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland LIVE [Auckland]
AT THE WAKE
Chain-smoking, booze-swilling Joan holds court at her daughter’s funeral. Keeping it together with the help of a $300 bottle of Johnny Walker, this fading diva is thrilled to see her gay grandson Robert – but apoplectic when his estranged father turns up to pay his respects. Nobody is safe as Joan unleashes hell at the wake. Family drama erupts in hilarious style as these unforgettable characters deal with loss, love and misunderstanding. [more]

Opening 26 Nov 2014 at Lawson Field Theatre [Gisborne]
THE UNDERARM
This is the story of two brothers ripped apart by the most infamous act in trans-Tasman sport. When the Aussies committed what Rob Muldoon later described as ‘An act of cowardice appropriate to a team that wears a yellow uniform’, The MCG ignited: Kiwis v Aussies, Aussies v Aussies, and Colin and Dons’ drunk parents violently versus each other. [more]

Opening 27 Nov 2014 at Hannah Playhouse (previously Downstage) [Wellington]
WHITE ELEPHANT
Barbarian clowns stage theatrical takeover during White Elephant Festival Big men. Big suits. Big appetites. But who’s serving who? And who serves the servers? This is the world of White Elephant, Barbarian Productions’ latest show, created and directed by award-winning Wellington theatre-maker Jo Randerson. From November 27-30 the doors of the Hannah Playhouse will be thrown open to the clowns, the crowns and the crowds for a potently comic four-day festival of feasts, fetes and farce exploring the dark divide between the 99 and the 1 percent. [more]

Opening 28 Nov 2014 at MTG Century Theatre, 1 Tennyson St [Napier]
THE UNDERARM
This is the story of two brothers ripped apart by the most infamous act in trans-Tasman sport. When the Aussies committed what Rob Muldoon later described as ‘An act of cowardice appropriate to a team that wears a yellow uniform’, The MCG ignited: Kiwis v Aussies, Aussies v Aussies, and Colin and Dons’ drunk parents violently versus each other. [more]

Opening 1 Dec 2014 at A bookshop near you []
FALLING and other short plays
These plays have worked successfully in New Zealand and overseas with small theatre companies, tertiary and secondary students. Short plays are a passion for Angie Farrow: "I enjoy the fun of trying to say a lot with very little, pressing something huge into a small container. A short play is like a highly charged battery: full of locked-in energy that can fuel an intensity of drama." [more]

Photo by Stephen A'Court
Opening 2 Jan 2015 at Circa One (return season) [Wellington]
Roger Hall’s RED RIDING HOOD The Pantomime 2014-15
WHAT A BIG SMILE YOU’LL HAVE …! Hooray!! It’s the Christmas season again! And this year Roger Hall’s wonderfully high-spirited pantomime Red Riding Hood is back to delight audiences of all ages, and bring a smile to your face. [more]

Photo by Jem Cresswell
Opening 6 Jan 2015 at Wynyard Quarter, Waterfront [Auckland]
Spiegelworld EMPIRE
EMPIRE smashes the boundaries of circus, cabaret, variety and burlesque, reinventing the genres for a 21st century audience. The show had its world premiere season in New York City during the summer of 2012, where it was the first tented show ever seen in Times Square. [more]
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