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SHOWS AT A GLANCE Kauhau 6 – 12 June National Library of New Zealand Te Puna M¯atauranga o Aotearoa

Earthquakes in London

Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre is an accessible venue.

15 – 24 August Te Whaea (Theatre)

Go Solo 2013

Te Kura Toi Whakaari O Aotearoa: New Zealand Drama School

2 – 12 October Te Whaea (SEEyD Space)

Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand Phone: +64 4 381 9251

First Years’ Solo Showings

Fax: +64 4 389 4996

23 – 26 October Te Whaea

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A Dream Play


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24 October – 2 November Te Whaea (Theatre) Rebecca Mora, ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ 2011, photo by Philip Merry

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A DREAM PLAY By August Strindberg, directed by John Bolton

6 – 12 June

A new version by Caryl Churchill, from the

All information is correct at time of printing but may be subject to change.


translation by Charlotte Barslund

By Mike Bartlett, directed by Jonathon Hendry

24 October – 2 November

15 – 24 August

August Strindberg’s ‘A Dream Play’ imitates the disjointed

Centred on the lives and loves of three sisters, Mike Bartlett’s

yet seemingly logical shape of a dream. Time and place

play explores environmental collapse, corporate greed, our

Kauhau marks the ongoing collaboration between Toi Whakaari

do not exist, the imagination runs riot, weaving its own

ability to adapt to an uncertain future and the destruction,

and the National Library of New Zealand and is facilitated

patterns based on flimsy interpretations of reality: memories,

and potential redemption, of a father’s relationship with his

by Toi Whakaari staff in partnership with staff from the

experiences, absurdities and improvisations. When the torment

children. Described by the Daily Telegraph’s Charles Spencer

National Library.

is at its worst, the moment of awakening comes and reconciles

as “the theatrical equivalent of a thrilling roller-coaster ride”

the dreamer with reality, which, regardless of how painful it

Earthquakes in London was first performed in 2010 at the

might be, is a joy compared to the agonies of the dream.

National Theatre in London.

This year our students are collaborating with the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna M¯atauranga o Aotearoa to create three evocative site-specific performances exploring the stories, collections and spaces available within this site of national significance.

We are delighted to have acclaimed director John Bolton at Toi

Times: 6.30 & 8.30pm (no show Sunday)

Whakaari. John will be leading workshops with Toi students in

Tickets: Koha Donation (but booking required)

March and July as part of the development of this play.

Venue: National Library of New Zealand Te Puna M¯atauranga o Aotearoa

Times: 7pm, Schools’ matinee Wednesday 21 August 12.30pm (no show Sunday) Tickets: $25 full, $15 concessions

Times: 7pm, Schools’ matinees Saturday 26 & Wednesday

Venue: Te Whaea (Theatre)

30 October 12.30pm (no show Sunday) Tickets: $25 full, $15 concessions Antony Goodin, ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ 2011, photo by Philip Merry

Venue: Te Whaea (Theatre)

Sam Wang ‘Go Solo: Ping Pong Death Match’ 2012, photo by Philip Merry

GO SOLO 2O13 2 – 12 October


The Go Solo season is our annual collection of new solo works created and performed by the third year acting students,

Our first year acting students take centre stage for the

supported by Technical and Management students. The rich

first time with their own solo season. What will be revealed

variety of individual perspectives and bold theatre make the

is a mystery but we can be pretty certain that they will be

solo season so entertaining and thought provoking, and for

unique, insightful, funny, poignant, sad and maybe a bit off

many of our acting graduates it is their stepping stone into

the wall as well!

professional theatre.

Times: Wednesday 6.30pm, Thursday & Friday 6.30pm & 8.30pm, Marathon Saturday 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm & 8.30pm

Times: 6.30 & 8.30pm (no show Sunday). Marathon Saturday – all shows back to back! 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm & 8.30pm

Tickets: Koha Donation

Tickets: $15 full, $10 concessions, $50 the lot!

Chelsea Bognuda ‘Manawa Pou’ 2009, photo by Stephen A’Court





Friday 8 November

Friday 8 November

Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 November

Friday 8 November

Our annual film project, featuring final year students working

Collaborators, established practitioners and industry

A showing of stage and screen design work, independent

Our annual showcase featuring the major works of our

and learning in collaboration with a professional crew. This year:

representatives are invited to come and view solo work by

projects and collaborative cross-school production work that

graduating costumiers, plus other highlights from the year

‘The Incident’. Taking the easy road doesn’t always work out the

the graduating class of actors.

highlights our graduating students’ three years of learning.

including, millinery, corsetry, masks and some of the

way you would imagine... Three separate events are linked by a

costumes from recent Toi Whakaari productions.

desire to take the easy way out, with startling results.

Time: please check for details Tickets: free

Time: please check for details

Time: 10am – 4pm

Tickets: free

Tickets: free

Times: 5pm, 6.30 & 8pm Tickets: $10




22 – 24 April


In collaboration with the National Library of New Zealand

Workshops for prospective students Auditioning for Actors Sound Design

6 – 12 June Kauhau

Te Puna M¯atauranga o Aotearoa


22 – 25 July


Workshops for prospective students Auditioning for Actors


Lighting Workshop


22 – 26 July


Toi Whakaari Open Week Come and get a taste of life at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School

16 August Applications close for the Acting Programme in 2014

15 – 24 August Earthquakes in London By Mike Bartlett, directed by Jonathon Hendry

30 August Tertiary Open Day We’re open for visits and tours

2 – 7 September National Audition Tour Our team will be auditioning prospective students around the country

30 September Applications close for the Design, Technology, Performing Arts Management and Costume Construction Programmes in 2014

2 – 12 October Go Solo 2013

23 – 26 October First Years’ Solo Showings

24 October – 2 November A Dream Play By August Strindberg, directed by John Bolton

25 – 27 October Applicants’ Weekend

6 – 8 November Graduation Events: Costume Showcase, Design Exhibition, Actors’ Monologues and Toi Film

13 November Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School Graduation

26 – 29 November Master Classes

27 – 31 January 2014 Summer Intensive




Auditioning for Actors

Open Week

Summer Intensive

22 – 24 April and 22 – 24 July

22 – 26 July

27 – 31 January 2014

Friday 16 August 2013. Design, Technical, Management and

A practical workshop giving young actors skills in auditioning

Come and get a taste of life at Toi Whakaari. You’ll have the

Whatever your previous experience, Summer Intensive offers

Costume course applications close on Monday 30 September.

for film, television, theatre and drama schools, including

opportunity to see everyday classes in action and participate

a focused environment where participants are encouraged to

There will be a nationwide audition tour from Monday 2 -

information about how to get the most out of an audition,

in workshops.

polish their craft. If you’re an aspiring designer, tech or actor, this

Saturday 7 September 2013.

preparation techniques and choosing the right piece. Work on

Applications for the Acting programme in 2014 close on

a mock theatre and screen audition and receive feedback from Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre is an accessible venue. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any concerns about accessibility and

Time: 9.30 – 4.30 daily | Cost: $160 (per 3 day workshop)

Open Day 30 August

Sound Workshop

Named after the school’s first director, the Nola Millar Library

Time: 10am – 4pm, Tours at 10am, 1pm, 3pm Cost: Free (but booking essential)

22 – 24 April | Time: 9.30 – 4.30 daily | Cost: $160

is the most comprehensive specialist library of performing

Lighting Workshop

arts materials in New Zealand. The Nola Millar Library is open

22 – 25 July

to members of the public on payment of a subscription. Its

Master Classes

We offer group tours of our school, catering to your interests. You can also add a one hour workshop (depending on productions at a discounted rate. If you are a potential student, you can arrange a visit or a time to come in and watch a class. To register, or for more information about tours, workshops,

Professional development workshops. A range of one and

group bookings, Master Classes or the Summer Intensive, please email

two day workshops in directing, design, acting, devising,

performing arts community.

lighting design and lighting operation. Learn how to create an

lighting, costume and much more. Our tutors will provide you

original lighting design from scratch and create a showing for

with inspiring and practical knowledge, as well as skills to

friends and family.

enhance your abilities and put into practice yourself. Share

Time: 9.30 – 4.30 daily | Cost: $160


26 – 29 November

A workshop giving young technicians the basics of practical

Online catalogue:

surrounded by other passionate collaborators. Suitable for 16+.

tutor availability). You can bring a group to see one of our

searchable online catalogue is an invaluable resource to the Contact: +64 4 381 9219 | Email:

is a chance to galvanise your creativity and further your skills

professional directors.

we will do our best to cater to your needs.

The Nola Millar Library

For details please email

your experiences with others, refresh your skills and see what Toi Whakaari has to offer!

Poster image: Jonathon Power & Ria Simmons ‘Our Country’s Good’ 2012, photo by Philip Merry

Toi Whakaari Season Brochure 2013  
Toi Whakaari Season Brochure 2013  

Guide to all our productions, events, workshops and other key dates in 2013.