Har­man’s cre­ative life takes six di­rec­tions

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From time to time we hear of tal­ented and highly or­gan­ised peo­ple who have sev­eral strands to their lives but, in Palmer­ston North, Ian Har­man has at least six.

Ian isn’t just di­rec­tor of Abbey Mu­si­cal The­atre’s highly an­tic­i­pated Christ­mas pro­duc­tion, Bri­tish In­va­sion, he’s also the cre­ator, chore­og­ra­pher and cos­tume and set de­signer of AMT’s unique in­ter­pre­ta­tion of it.

But those aren’t the strands. As a the­atre pro­fes­sional he’s of­ten re­quired to be many things to main­tain his full­time life in the per­form­ing arts.

The strands are the con­tracts he’s car­ry­ing out si­mul­ta­ne­ously. As well as pour­ing his cre­ative juices into Bri­tish In­va­sion, Ian has been set and cos­tume de­signer for Ache, at Circa in Welling­ton. It’s writ­ten by Pip Hall, whose dad, Roger, is the doyen of New Zealand the­atre.

Then Ian is cos­tume de­signer for Cen­tre­point’s end of year pro­duc­tion, Boys at the Beach, he’s chore­og­ra­pher and de­signer for a Christ­mas bur­lesque en­ti­tled Jin­gle all the Way, he’s pre­par­ing his one-man show, Mr Lola Il­lu­sion, for a cor­po­rate gig and has been one of the head­line acts at the Bur­lesque Fes­ti­val which is cur­rently tour­ing New Zealand.

Part of his week is spent in Welling­ton with the other part cre­at­ing a daz­zling Hits from the Brits at AMT’s Au­di­to­rium on Cen­ten­nial Drive.

As its premise, Ian wants to em­u­late the glit­ter­ing Bri­tish Mu­sic Awards with a spec­tac­u­lar pre­sen­ta­tion of the great­est hits of the Bri­tish pop charts from the 1960s on­wards. He’s re­ar­ranged songs made fa­mous by le­gendary artists such as The Bea­tles, Cilla Black and Cliff Richard through to Rob­bie Wil­liams, Adele and the Spice Girls.

Bri­tish In­va­sion, pre­sented by AMT, mu­si­cally di­rected by Erna Ferry and chore­ographed and di­rected by Ian Har­man, will be pre­sented at The Au­di­to­rium, Cen­ten­nial Drive from Novem­ber 19 to De­cem­ber 5. For book­ings visit AMT’s web­site.

Bri­tish In­va­sion di­rec­tor Ian Har­man of­fers ad­vice to singer/ dancer Ash­leigh Blum­mont.

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