frogs under the waterfront

Role: Producer / Director

Frogs Under the Waterfront was an adaptation of Aristophanes’ The Frogs, performed under the Wellington Waterfront with the audience in paddleboats. The concept caught the public imagination right away and it became the big hit of the year in Wellington, winning Fringe Awards and later being nominated for Best New Director and Most Original Production at the Chapman Tripp Wellington Theatre Awards.

Why So Cool:

  • Monetary support from 5 major organisations, including HSBC Bank, NZCT, Southern Trust and the Fringe Festival
  • Strong partnerships developed with public organisations in Wellington, including the City Council, the Waterfront, and various outdoor leisure outfits
  • 18 sold out shows and long waiting lists

"Inspired" - Guy Somerset, The NZ Listener
"A theatrical adventure" - Laurie Atkinson, The Dominion Post
"The director is a genius" - Lyn Freeman, The Capital Times
"Ingeniously directed and produced" - John Smythe, Theatreview.org.nz

 

Find out more about Frogs Under the Waterfront on the Bard Productions website: www.bardproductions.org

 
 


quarantine

Role: Producer / Director

Quarantine was performed on Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington Harbour for 14 nights. Audiences of 70 were taken out 8km to the isolated, uninhabited island at dusk, under the pretense that they had contracted a fatal illness and had to be quarantined until further notice. Once on the Island the audience met characters who'd been on the island since the early days of quarantine, in the late 1800's. The show was very popular and sold out completely and generated plenty of media coverage.

Why So Cool:

  • Artistic partnership with Weta Workshop, the company behind Lord of the Rings special effects
  • Long-term working partnership with the Department of Conservation established
  • Monetary support from several companies and community organisations
  • Sold out shows with long waiting lists

 
 

a tempest off matiu-somes Island

Role: Producer / Director

Staged in 2013 and 2014, this modern adaptation of the Tempest started from the moment the audience entered the ferry. Halfway through the 20 minute boat ride, a wayward spirit takes control of the vessel and shipwrecks our heroes, and the audience, on Matiu / Somes Island. Once the audience arrives on the island they're led by the spirits through the native forest and up to the historic animal quarantine station. This is a massive building, essentially a prison that held up to 150 animals at a time. Cages, large metal doors, twisting passageways and outdoor courtyards was where the great story of The Tempest took place.

Why So Cool:

  • 26 shows across both seasons, all tickets sold out within the first week of going on sale
  • Continued support from various companies, community groups, and public institutions
  • An unprecedented 10-year contract with the Department of Conservation and the Kaitiaki Board to continue producing theatre on the Island
  • Great artistic, critical, popular, and financial success

"A Bard for our Times" - Lyn Freeman
"Wellington's fearless company famous for their out-of-the-theatre shows" - Eva Radich, Radio New Zealand
 
 


the ugly shakespeare company

Role: Road Manager / Actor

The Ugly Shakespeare Company is New Zealand's longest running touring theatre company. Every year, three actors are hired to travel the length of New Zealand, performing comedic versions of Shakespearean tragedies to over 200 schools and in numerous rural communities. I joined the company in 2008 as an actor and road manager. 

Why So Cool:

  • 6 month tour travelling all of New Zealand performing at 200 schools
  • Not only an actor, but as a road manager I was responsible for all the set, props, technical, logistics and finances on the road
  • Longest-running, most popular school touring show in New Zealand

bard productions

Role: Producer / Director / Writer

Apart from The Tempest off Matiu-Somes, Quarantine, and Frogs Under the Waterfront (above), Bard Productions has produced 8 other shows on various scales and budgets. I set the company up while still at university in 2006, and it has been actively producing shows under the banner of 'adventure-theatre' ever since.

Why So Cool:

  • Produced 11 shows with a variety of talented artists, designers and actors
  • A limited liability performance company that has put on numerous shows and managed to stay in the black from 10 years