Wellington Youth Theatre - July Theatre Camp

9-12 July

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A great school holiday activity for 7-12 year olds, the camp runs Monday to Thursday culminating in a performance for parents, families and others interested, of the camp production The Map of Cheng I Sao. Every child is welcome. No experience is expected, and no established skill level is required. Our experienced Directors create a nurturing yet stimulating environment that encourages and extends students of all levels of experience. Every child receives a role with dialogue. Our Directors use their expertise to ensure your child receives a role appropriate to their ability and confidence level.

Waiora

1-9 June

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A vivid depiction of Maori moving from our homelands to the cities of a different people. Feel the raw and moving power of this story of belonging and the bravery and courage than can be required to stay true to your heritage. So universally relevant over time and location to each of us, that no one will be left untouched! The year is 1965. A Maori family, recently migrated to the South Island from the East Cape, prepares to celebrate a birthday with their Pakeha guests. Waiora explores differing interpretations of home and belonging. It addresses “all of us who have traveled from somewhere else”. Written by Hone Kouka. Directed by William Walker

Waiata Works

8 June

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After a Friday Night in town or at the theatre, wind down with WAIATA WORKS. All the way from Whangarei, Waiata Works is a group of Maori singer/songwriters between the ages of 15 and 17. Nikau Ihaia, Nevandra Straker-Ellery, Paea Slade, Merlia De Ridder, Bella Gomes, and Tyla Topia-Hurst, accompanied by Nick Grew will take you on an hour-long musical journey of joy, sorrow and soul-searching with an essence of Aotearoa.

Just Dance Krazy

28 April

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This show is a celebration of the JDK Dance Crew's journey and love of dance, and includes performances by dancers and dance groups who have inspired them along the way. JDK comprises of 8 dancers with intellectual disabilities and are living proof of the positive benefits that dance has on community, physical health, mental well-being and the spirit. The group includes Jacob Dombroski, whose show Big J Stylez premiered at the NZ Fringe Festival and took out the Grand Design Award and Palmy Fringe - Centrepoint Theatre awards. Celebrate NZ Dance Week; join JDK in demonstrating the powerful force of dance to move, inspire and transform lives. 

Odd One Out

16-27 April

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Three curious characters live a busy life in a world where everything has a purpose and place… until one day, when an Odd character arrives and things start to change. Suddenly their world is full of things that don’t belong anywhere! What will the Odd One Out do next and will anything ever be the same again? In this non-verbal performance your tamariki will experience a new world through the vibrant and bubbly characters and discover with the characters that being different isn’t bad. In fact, it can be exciting!

seminar

3-7 April

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Four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy. A provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck,starring Natalie Yatsina; Shivneel Singh; and Annica Lewis.

Jim Gaffigan Live!

28 March 

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Jim performs his biggest ever Australasian stand-up tour and debut New Zealand shows. Known around the world for his unique brand of humor which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life; Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show, Flight of the Conchords, Portlandia, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bored to Death), is a Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two times New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five.

Eating the wolf

21-25 March

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A mythic comedy with bite! Fairy tale meets feminism - Red Riding Hood is on her way to her grandma's house... The wolf gets there first, keen for a snack... He knocks on Grandma's door… he comes to her bedside... he opens his mouth... What could possibly go wrong? 

Written by award winning playwright Sarah Delahunty with music composed by young up and coming musicians. Director:Sarah Delahunty. Musical Director: Justin Pearce.  

mechanical ballet

16-17 March

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Drums that strike themselves. Loudspeakers that pivot and pirouette. Pianos whose keys tap dance ghostly toccatas. Welcome to a brave new world of mechatronic music, where self-playing instruments rule. Experience the wonder as a crowd of mechatronic loudspeakers and percussion instruments come to life – created by Wellington-based musicians/engineers Jim Murphy, Bridget Johnson and David Downes. They keep pace with percussionists from leading Kiwi new music ensemble Stroma and top New Zealand pianists Sarah Watkins and Stephen De Pledge. This concert of virtuosic proportions features two seminal works by US minimalist icon Steve Reich, Drumming Part 1 and Piano Phase, as well as world premieres of works by composers Bridget Johnson, David Downes and Michael Norris. 

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt

7-11 March

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Samoan New Zealander Tusiata Avia’s poetry becomes a fearless and enchanting piece of theatre under the direction of Anapela Polataivao and a cast of six powerful Pasefika actresses. Through her vivid, compelling and at times hilarious characters, Avia paints a deeply personal view of Pacific Island life and its sometimes uneasy collisions with the Kiwi way. Heart-stopping and unmissable theatre. Co-produced by the New Zealand Festival and FCC

Bless The Child

28 Feb - 4 Mar

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Who took the life of baby Aria? A child has died and Shardae, mother of the child, is held guilty until proven otherwise. Power-hungry lawyer, Khan Te Ahi Richards, is reluctantly dragged in to defend the mother as the whānau close ranks. Challenging and thought-provoking, this is a story of life and death, good versus evil. In an unflinching look at our society through a Māori lens, it uncovers the truth of our shared humanity – to protect the child. Co-produced by the New Zealand Festival, Auckland Arts Festival and Tawata Productions

One Day More!

28 January

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A musical fundraiser for the Sarah Delahunty/Justin Pearce production of 'Eating the Wolf' showcasing young Wellington talent. Into the Woods will play the Hannah Playhouse in March 2018. Combining young performers and experienced directors to create a musical and theatrical experience for all ages. This fundraising performance will be held in the Hannah Bar, on level 1.

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