Centrepoint announces 2016 season
‘‘ Our programme is big, bold and beautiful.’’ Jeff Kingsford-Brown,
A feast of inspiring, challenging and entertaining performances are preparing to wow at Centrepoint Theatre in 2016.
‘‘The capacity of live theatre to thrill us should never be underestimated,’’ Centrepoint’s artistic director, Jeff KingsfordBrown, says. ‘‘I couldn’t be more excited by what we’re bringing to the main stage in 2016. Our programme is big, bold and beautiful, with a wonderful mix of the fresh and innovative alongside the tried and true.’’
2016 kicks off in February with a strictly limited season of improv comedy from one of New Zealand’s longest-running improvisation troupes, Wellington’s The Improvisors and their costume spoof, Downton Ad-lib.
Stag Weekend by Dan Bain and Brendon Bennetts takes that iconic Kiwi rite of passage – the stag party – on a hunting trip in the Tararuas. Four overconfident and under-qualified city boys fumble towards discovering what it means to be a Kiwi bloke.
Amnesty International Day, May 28, sees the launch of Plays With a Purpose, a season of works that shine light on immigration. In association with Aurora Nova Productions, Centrepoint presents White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. This play tests the possibilities of what theatre can be, requiring no rehearsal, no director, a different actor every night, and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage.
The season finishes with a rehearsed reading of Lampedusa. The critically-acclaimed drama by award-winning British playwright Anders Lustagarten, draws parallels between a fisherman who pulls drowned refugees from the sea, and a ChineseBritish woman who collects payday loans for a living.
For the winter school holidays, Te Rehia Theatre Company (2014’s Hoki Mai Tama Ma¯ ) presents Ruia Te Ka¯ kano by Tainui Tukiwaho, a magical bilingual theatre adventure for children.
International phenomenon The Events by David Greig, one of the UK’s major playwriting talents, features a different community choir on stage every night, while a priest and choir director wrestle with demons in the face of an unspeakable act.
Then, bitingly funny monologue Fleabag: goddess of filth and superhero of the wank generation stars Sophie Hambleton (TV’s Westside) in an exploration of responsibility and sexuality in today’s youth.
Masters of physical theatre and dance, White Face Crew, tumble onto the Centrepoint stage during the October hols with their smash hit Double Derelicts, a winning combo of choreographed couch leaping, shoe stealing, and good old fashioned clowning.
For summer, there’s a ‘crackup’ Kiwi comedy. In Gregory Cooper’s The Streaker, a down-on-hisluck family man must decide if it is worth baring his all for a million bucks.
All the world’s a stag-do... Stag Weekend ,anew Kiwi comedy is the first of the mainbills at Centrepoint Theatre in 2016. INSET: Jared Rawiri (from Shortland Street) stars in White Face Crew’s Double Derelicts for next October’s school holiday performances at Centrepoint Theatre: