Theatre month launched

Hamilton News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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