Created and performed by Julia Croft, Veronica Brady and Claire Cowan
With original music by Claire Cowan
Directed by Sally Stockwell & Thread Theatre
Presented by THREAD THEATRE
at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 31 May 2011 to 4 Jun 2011
From 19 Sep 2012 to 29 Sep 2012
Reviewed by: Nik Smythe; John Smythe; Ewen Coleman (The Dominion Post); Michael Wray (Capital Times);
“Words, My Dear, can mean anything I want them to”
The Keepers is a sexy, quirky theatre work which breaks from the ordinary and travels to a rich and sumptuous world of absurd physical theatre with a strong emphasis on brave dynamic storytelling and musical characterisation.
The Keepers is a story about why people stay, and why people leave.
Inspired by the lives and writings of French literary figures Marguerite Duras and Anais Nin, The Keepers tells the story of two women inhabiting an isolated lighthouse on a small rocky island in the middle of an ocean. One arrived by rowboat, unannounced and unexplained - the other seems to have been here forever.
What brought them to this place and what makes them stay?
As this remote little world slides precariously between invention and reality, the deep ambiguity of truth and memory are delved into. Trapped in the lighthouse as the storm rages on, the women are forced to confront their pasts and ultimately decide - what is worth clinging to?
Veronica Brady (The Arrival, Pirates Vs. Ninjas, Paper Sky) and Julia Croft (Emma, Autobahn, Paper Sky) are both recent Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School graduates, who are embarking on their co-devising partnership with this first ambitious debut piece. Joining forces with the exceptional musical and theatrical talents of Claire Cowan (Carnival of Souls, Waitangi, Paper Sky) this highly talented trio have a passion for stepping outside the boundaries of the ordinary and into the realm of imaginative theatricality.
This debut work by THREAD THEATRE guarantees a night of surprises, intrigue, laughter and dreaming, and maybe a few wet feet.
Contains Nudity [Auckland only].
*THE KEEPERS* plays
May 31st to June 4th, 8:00pm
The Basement, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland
Tickets: Adults $20, Concessions $15
Bookings through iTICKET Express - www.iticketexpress.co.nz or (09) 361 1000
2012 Wellington Season
“the amusing and affecting abstraction that is The Keeper should entertain anyone with a love for original, interpretive physical theatre.” – Theatreview.org.nz (Basement Theatre season 2011)
YOUTUBE trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRNBwheH25k
MARGARET: Veronica Brady
LUNA: Claire Cowan
NINA: Julia Croft
CREW - Auckland season
PRODUCER: Theresa Hanaray
MUSIC: Claire Cowan
LIGHTING DESIGN/OPERATOR: Calvin Hudson
SOUND OPERATOR: Paul Nieuwoudt
PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT: Sally Stockwell
DESIGN CONSULTANT: John Verryt
PERFORMANCE MENTORS: Tahi Mapp-Borren & Sophie Roberts
LOGO DESIGN: Yasmine El Orfi
POSTER DESIGN: Claire Cowan
Wellington season (Bats) 2012
Producer - Theresa Hanaray
Sound Design & Composition - Claire Cowan
Lighting Design & Operator - Calvin Hudson
Sound Operator – Kate Uhe
Publicity – Brianne Kerr
Photography – Philip Merry
Videography – Andrew Vinsen