Harman’s creative life takes six directions
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.