September 21, 2011

7 – 9 October

Three very distinctive new plays have been selected for Auckland Theatre Company’s festival of new work The Next Stage. The annual work-in-progress public season will be held this year in the new ATC home base in Dominion Road.

"The stakes are high for all of us involved in presenting new New Zealand plays to audiences," says ATC Literary Manager Philippa Campbell.

"For writers, actors, directors and producers, the scrutiny of the home town crowd is the keenest and potentially too, the most thrilling and rewarding."

Writing and developing plays within a rigorous theatre-making environment is the name of the game for The Next Stage, Auckland Theatre Company’s annual festival of new work.

Three plays are selected for a 10 day workshop process which climaxes in 2 work-in progress semi-staged presentations of each script.  It’s an act of faith for all concerned.

The workshop process has produced some of the most exciting theatre premieres Auckland audiences have enjoyed over the last few years.  Arthur Meek’s ON THE UPSIDE DOWN OF THE WORLD, currently on a national tour, Dave Armstrong’s hit LE SUD, Dave’s adaptation of Sia Figiel’s novel WHERE WE ONCE BELONGED and Geoff Chapple’s HATCH have all been developed through TNS with Auckland premiere productions presented by ATC.


BLACK CONFETTI by Eli Kent Directed by Colin McColl
Quarter life crisis stuff from the prize-winning author of THE INTRICATE ART OF ACTUALLY CARING and THINNING.
We’ll be plenty messy by the time we’re done.
90 MINUTES + interval
Friday 7 October, 8pm
Saturday 8 October, 5pm

AT THE WAKE by Victor Rodger Directed by Roy Ward
Old wounds are opened when afakasi Robert, his palagi grandmother and his estranged Samoan father meet for the first time over a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue at the wake of Robert’s mum.
75 MINUTES no interval
Saturday 8 October, 2pm
Sunday 9 October, 3.30pm

PITCAIRN by Christina Stachurski directed by Sara Brodie 
South Seas paradise or hell on earth?
80 MINUTES no interval
Saturday 8 October, 8pm 
Sunday 9 October, 1pm

ATC Studios

Mt Eden War Memorial Hall
487 Dominion Road

Tickets are strictly limited to THE NEXT STAGE.
A limited number of tickets are available to the public to attend on a first come first serve basis. To book call Auckland Theatre Company on 309 3395

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