Theatre month launched
September is NZ Theatre Month, with more than 450 shows and events staged by more than 70 organisations including professional theatre companies, community theatre groups, schools and other institutions around the country, including Hamilton and the wider Waikato.
Each show will bring its own special magic to the stage.
Hundreds of Kiwis will participate in the creation of shows, while thousands more are already enjoying the festival as audience members.
NZ Theatre Month is the brainchild of New Zealand playwright Roger Hall aided by arts figure Malcolm Calder.
The festival is the culmination of the duo’s years of championing for a month of celebrations dedicated to New Zealand theatre, with the ethos behind the month being to ‘celebrate and elevate’ Aotearoa’s theatre.
The programme includes all theatre which is ‘conceived in NZ’, and open to the public in September.
The curtain opened on NZ Theatre Month last weekend at Takapuna’s Bruce Mason Centre with a tribute to Bruce Mason, the godfather of NZ theatre. On Monday there was an official launch at Parliament in Wellington.
Jam-packed with a diverse showcase of works from Aotearoa, NZ Theatre Month is 30 days of celebrating ambitious theatre that is made by the people, for the people.