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Opening 27 Nov 2014 at Hannah Playhouse (previously Downstage) [Wellington]
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 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]

Opening 3 Dec 2014 at Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown [Wellington]
Your Body is a Battleground
The work is a mash up of text and movement using a physical theatre format; with a cast of dancers and actors we explore what it is to swim through gender and desire [more]

Opening 3 Dec 2014 at Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave [Christchurch]
The Court Youth Company premier their new devised work exploring the Canterbury Museum. DO NOT TOUCH THE EXHIBITION is an engaging theatrical experience that moves the audience through the building to discover the worlds of the collection- and the stories they evoke. [more]

Opening 4 Dec 2014 at TAPAC Theatre, Western Springs [Auckland]
“A PLAGUE O’ BOTH YOUR HOUSES” Feuding families. Revenge and betrayal. All–conquering love. Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Romeo & Juliet, is brought to vivid life in a modern setting by a dynamic young cast of actors. Join our star-crossed young lovers on this epic and fatal journey, directed by Paul Gittins and Calum Gittins. [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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