October 1, 2007
A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT THE SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION OF HEDDA GABBER STARRING CATE BLANCHETT, HUGO WEAVING, ADEN YOUNG AND JUSTINE CLARKE
Don’t miss the only screenings in New Zealand of:
IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS
In Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington
From a rehearsal room in Sydney through to opening night in New York, A Company Of Actors reveals the magic and struggle of creating theatre.
In 2004, after an extended Hollywood-induced absence, Aussie thespian Cate Blanchett made a much-heralded return to the boards of the Sydney Theatre Company. Spearheading her return was her hubby and frequent collaborator Andrew Upton, who adapted Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler for the Sydney Theatre.
Eighteen months on, the troupe, including Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Aden Young and Justine Clarke, were invited to reunite and re-stage the play at New York’s Harvey Theater for the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The New York season was sold out before opening night and the weight of expectation is bearing down on everyone’s shoulders.
Normally, the rehearsal room is a sacred and private domain for taking risks, exposing vulnerabilities and, at its best, creating magic. Director Ian Darling obtains unprecedented access to the demanding five-week rehearsal process, observing the highly collaborative nature of theatre as a production takes shape.
In The Company of Actors follows the process from the first readings where every word is analysed and questioned, to the rehearsals where movements and gestures are recalled or re-determined, right to the performance itself. Along the way, we are privileged to view stage director Robyn Nevin’s creative process in shaping a production with actors and the stage crew’s magic. We also come to understand that behind every seemingly effortless performance is a complex, detailed, technical and exhausting process.
Auckland Academy Cinemas
3.30pm Sat 29 Sept
7.15pm Sat 6 Oct
Dunedin Hoyts in the Octagon
1.30pm Tue 16 Oct
7.15pm Sat 20 Oct
Christchurch Regent on Worcester
1.30pm Tue 30 Oct
6.45pm Sat 3 Nov
Wellington Paramount Cinema
8.45pm Fri 9 Nov
5.30pm Mon 12 Nov
6.00pm Wed 21 Nov