ONEONESIX - 116 Bank Street, Whangarei

14/02/2017 - 16/02/2017

Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

07/02/2017 - 11/02/2017

Turner Centre, 43 Cobham Road, Kerikeri

17/02/2017 - 18/02/2017

Production Details

‘’The thing I like to say about grapes is – they have genders. Each one has a specific personality, shaped and moulded by the seasons which grew them.” 

“08 was the best year yet. The last harvest my Jonathon and Joe finished together. It’s never been the same since.”

Matriarch Nana deVine swoons over the delicious memories of her life with Grandpa deVine on their sunny seaside vineyard in Te Rā Bay. On the back of a family emergency, deVine sisters Bobby and Blair return to the once thriving family vineyard and attempt to hold the whānau together as a life-changing decision awaits.

Come dabble in the dysfunction of the deVine family and join us at Basement Theatre for our special fundraiser week 7-11 Feb before we head off on our Northland Tour.

After each performance the RECollective team will be sticking around to share kōrero with the audience about individual experiences of mental distress and why we felt deVine needed to be made. We hope you’ll join us.

RECollective Theatre Company makes ‘Theatre of Courage’ with a 10 year vision to create yearly tours to share with rural communities in the hope of supporting and normalising discussions around mental distress and how it can affect us all in everyday life. Aotearoa’s crippling suicide rates are particularly prevalent in Northland communities and our mission is to make whānau feel that they are seen, heard, and not alone in trying to cope when times get tough.

Guest Director: Morgana O’Reilly

Basement Theatre, Auckland
7-11 February 2011
8pm daily
Tickets: $15 – $25 

With support from the Mental Health Foundation and Creative Northland, RECollective are touring deVine to Whangarei, Kerikeri and Kaitaia after a fundraising season in Auckland. The brand new theatre company intend to return every year with a different show and theme, bringing uplifting productions to the North each February. “We have all struggled with significant periods of mental distress in our own lives. We are used to talking about it, but we wanted to use our skills as actors to bring these stories to life and highlight how common it is to suffer from bouts of the blues, how important it is to reach out for help, and how we have overcome these challenges ourselves.

With NZ’s suicide rates reaching a new high in 2016, new avenues need to be explored to enable reflection, encourage conversation and promote healing. Art is vital to this process and deVine hopes to take a fresh angle on this deeply entrenched homegrown issue.

deVine plays:

Dates: 14 – 16 February
Venue: ONEONESIX – 116 Bank Street, 7pm
Tickets: $15 general, $10 unwaged
Bookings:, or call 022 682 7505   

Dates: 17 – 18 February
Venue: Turner Centre, 6.30pm 
Tickets: $15 general, $10 unwaged

Dates: 21 – 23rd February
Venue: Te Ahu Little Theatre, 6.30pm 
Tickets: $15 general, $10 unwaged
Bookings: i-Site Visitor Information Centre, Kaitaia  

Performers: Cian Elyse White, Romy Hooper, Esmee Myers

Photo: Sacha Stejko
Lighting: Amber Molloy

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Twisted Sisters

Review by Nathan Joe 10th Feb 2017

The Ancient Greeks understood the disastrous ripple effect that our ancestors have on us, psychic trauma running through every branch of the family tree. And while the age of Ancient Greek Tragedy is over, the family drama continues to reign as a theatre staple for a good reason. It’s just like that Philip Larkin’s famous poem goes: “They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to but they do.” There’s just nothing quite so relatable. 

In deVINE, the familial conflict of the play is set in motion when Blair, the wealthy sister who lives in the city, comes home to the family vineyard to help out overworked Bobby with their mother. It’s an awkward family reunion as any, filled with trepidation, uncomfortable silences, and bad jokes. Along with the sisters, there are also the young cousins, Esther, Jimbo and Mikah, who have their own adolescent problems to contend with. [More


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Characters scarily accurate and human

Review by Ethan Sills 08th Feb 2017

Mental health is one of the toughest issues to discuss in the public sphere. You never want to come across as exploitative or salacious when covering it, but there is always the question of whether sensitising the issue is really the problem.

That is one of the issues faced by deVINE, the new play by the RECollective that debuted this week at Auckland’s Basement Theatre.

The story of two sisters, Bobby and Blair, and their children who reunite at their family vineyard to deal with an impending crisis. [More


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Poignant, gritty, beautiful, enduring, important

Review by Dione Joseph 08th Feb 2017

Silences are tricky. Heavy, onerous, sometimes downright dangerous – and in the ongoing absence of any communication there is often a growing chasm of what really needs to be said.

But then, what is its antithesis? A fiery explosion of truth? A heart-wrenching confession? An absolution?

There’s no easy answer and RECollective Theatre’s DeVine straddles that blurry line with a multi-generational narrative that is both poignant and gritty.

Cian Elyse White, Esmée Myers and Romy Hooper are a talented trio who take us up north to where young love bloomed among the vines. Bobbi, Blair and Jo are the progeny of sweet dark lovemaking but tragedy has struck this family, leaving those left standing devastated, bitter, angry, cynical and hurt.

There’s also another generation rising up and between aunties and cousins, sisters and mother, the current beautiful grapes, and the tartness of attempting to preserve a former sweetness. There is a caustic humour that makes this play work on so many levels.

All three actors play numerous roles, swapping with ease, clarity and speed to create, overall, a well-paced narrative that has some beautifully compelling moments. The detail in all three actors’ performances is also worth noting: from language, physicality and unique characterisation all the different personalities come to life with seamless, tiny adjustments.  

The opening sequence is a tad too long but once the play starts rolling it quickly finds its stride. The direction by Morgana O’Reilly is well suited to the world of the play and Amber Molloy’s lighting is en pointe, illuminating a multi-functional world of washing and vines. 

However, with very limited information available about the actual show and the repeated emphasis on addressing unspoken issues, a courageous conversation on the issues of mental health just doesn’t take place at the level that is expected. The work does, quite successfully, shine a light on a number of the issues surrounding mental health with delicacy and subtlety, but if the issue is around the silence and silencing of these voices, then there is much more that needs to be voiced to really pack the punches these creatives can deliver. 

A good start to 2017 and a remarkable little show that is well worth watching for the talent on stage and a beautiful, enduring and important story. 


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