a new Documentary Theatre Project
presented by Bare Hunt Collective
at BATS Theatre, Wellington
From 24 Jan 2012 to 28 Jan 2012
Rangi Ruru Girls School, Merivale Lane, Christchurch
From 20 Jun 2012 to 23 Jun 2012
The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 4 Dec 2012 to 8 Dec 2012
Reviewed by: John Smythe; Laurie Atkinson (The Dominion Post); Lynn Freeman (Capital Times); Lindsay Clark; Robert Gilbert; Stephen Austin; Matt Baker (Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog);
The Premiere of MUNTED @ BATS Theatre: a testament to the human spirit.
A GROUND BREAKING DOCUMENTARY THEATRE PIECE
In their next offering after back/words, Bare Hunt Collective brings you MUNTED, a documentary theatre project exploring the experience of the February 22nd Christchurch Earthquake. This piece of theatre is edited together from interviews with reporters and the community, it's a local tale told with humour and Kiwi honesty.
Share stories of loss, home and the shifting perspectives of what really matters. Connecting Christchurch with Wellington, the community who experienced it through the media and/or loved ones, MUNTED finds laughter amongst grief and a strengthened community in the heart of the shaken city.
Documentary/Verbatim theatre gives audience a more immediate, authentic performance than the common fictional piece. Because this piece is specifically made from and for a recent event in New Zealand history, the objective of the work is to create a discussion with the community.
While Bare Hunt Collective are a new company, they have proven success. Their first show as a collective back/words premiered at BATS Theatre as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival in 2010.
They went on to be chosen out of 88 shows as ‘'Pick of the Fringe Festival'', which meant a professional season at Downstage Theatre. Reviews from back/words:
“A series of vignettes that are intriguing, humorous, and really quite moving…unusual and interesting…I cannot wait to see what the Bare Hunt Collective will do next.'' –Hannah Smith, Theatreview.
‘'The honesty and depth of feeling they bring to the piece and their ability to portray the personae of each of the interviews makes this compelling theatre.'' – Ewan Coleman, The Dominion Post.
Performers and co founders of Bare Hunt Collective are Victoria Abbott and Jackie Shaw, both graduates of the Otago University Theatre department where they studied Documentary Theatre together. Victoria, a Christchurch native, has graduated last year from Toi Whakaari, NZ Drama School and recently trained with master-teacher Philippe Gaulier in Paris. Jackie recently studied at the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City.
Director Kate McGill, Designer Liz Carpenter and Production Manager Alana Kelly are graduates from Toi Whakaari in 2009 and 2011 respectively.
A percentage (5%) of ticket sales will be given back to the Christchurch Community.
6.30pm from Tuesday 24th –Saturday 28th January 2012
Waged $18/Unwaged $13/Groups 6+ $14
To Book: www.bats.co.nz or call 04 802 4175
“Powerful and Humane, yet often Humorous” John Smythe, Theatreview
After successfully premiering MUNTED at BATS Theatre in Wellington in January 2012, Bare Hunt Collective is touring to the city they wrote MUNTED for… Christchurch.After successfully premiering MUNTED at BATS Theatre in January of this year Bare Hunt Collective is set to tour to the city we wrote MUNTED for… Christchurch.After successfully premiering MUNTED at BATS Theatre in January of this year Bare Hunt Collective is set to tour to the city we wrote MUNTED for… Christchurch.
“I truly believe MUNTED is a show as many New Zealanders as possible should see. This earthquake didn't just affect the people of Christchurch…it affected us all. We all felt their grief, their stories. This play is phenomenal and Bare Hunt's almost sold-out Wellington season proves this is something we want to see” Matt Mclean, TVNZ Journalist.
This piece is specifically made from and for a recent event in New Zealand history, the objective of the work is to value and encourage story-telling in the community.
Bare Hunt Collective is a new company with proven success. Their first show back/words premiered at BATS Theatre Wellington as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival 2010. Back/words was chosen from 88 shows as a Pick of the Fringe Festival and awarded a professional season at Downstage Theatre Wellington.
“Downstage showcased Bare Hunt Collective's last piece of verbatim theatre in 2010 as part of our Pick of the Fringe programme. We have noticed the company develop in style and execution over that time. Theatre has great capacity to heal, educate and challenge communities and is particularly relevant in the face of national tragedy” – Hilary Beaton, CEO of Downstage
Bare Hunt Collective is Victoria Abbott and Jackie Shaw, both graduates of the Otago University Theatre department. Writer and actor Victoria, a Christchurch native and Toi Whakaari graduate 2011 was getting up to train with Philippe Gaulier in Paris when she heard about the quake. Producer and actor Jackie, who studied at the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York City was on the internet in an office in Wellington February 22nd. Actor Frith Horan, currently in her 2nd year of training at Toi Whakaari was at Te Whaea building in Wellington hosting new students on the 22nd. Director Kate McGill, a graduate of Toi Whakaari 2009, was at the airport in Auckland when the quake hit Christchurch.
The Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls School, Merivale Lane, Christchurch
Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd June, 7pm.
Bookings: email firstname.lastname@example.org
AUCKLAND December 2012
With acclaimed seasons already in Wellington (selling out BATS Theatre), Dunedin, Queenstown, Wanaka and, of course, Christchurch, Bare Hunt Collective finally arrives in Auckland with their acclaimed verbatim documentary, Munted, at The Basement Theatre studio from December 4th.
“The three skilled actors are able to showcase their characters without costumes or special effects, each comfortably slipping from one persona to another with great dexterity” -- Robert Gilbert.
December 4th – 8th, 7:00pm
The Basement Theatre Studio, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Tickets: $16 - $20*booking fees may apply
Bookings through iTicket – www.iticket.co.nz or 09 361 1000
Head Writer: Victoria Abbott
Researchers: Victoria Abbott and Jackie Shaw
Devisers: Victoria Abbott, Jackie Shaw, Kate McGill, Liz Carpenter, Alana Kelly, Frith Horan, Emma Draper and Taylor Hall
Director: Kate McGill
Performers: Victoria Abbott, Jackie Shaw and Frith Horan
Producer: Jackie Shaw
Production Manager: Alana Kelly
Set/Costume Designer: Liz Carpenter
Lighting Design: Janis Cheng
Sound Design: Alana Kelly