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Archived: Auckland Theatre Company 2014 programme

13 December, 2013

The programme for 2014 has been announced and it really is a box of treats!

Fallen Angels, the play by English playwright Noel Coward, and directed by Raymond Hawthorne. The play has two friends and society girls lives' turned on their heads. An exotic faraway past lover of both returns and the two fall into a frenzy. Will their husbands react to the arrival of this mystery man and will either or both? The cast includes Lisa Chappell, Claire Dougan, Andrew Grainger, Stephen Lovatt, Priyanka Xi, Jonathan Allen. This play runs between 13 February - 9 March, 2014, 

Paniora is an ATC play developed for the New Zealand Festival and directed by Colin McColl, by Briar Grace-Smith of Nga Puhi. The play has the whanau secrets shared of a Spanish-Maori family with a penchant for flamenco dancing and tapas adding to the East Coast roots. Grace-Smith wrote the screenplay for the Strength of Water which was selected for the programme of the Rotterdam and Berlin film festivals. The cast consists of Nancy Brunning, Calvin Tuteao, Kirk Torrance, Hera Denleavy, Miriama Smith, Barnie Duncan, Keporah Torrance, and Taiaroa Royal. The play runs between 20 March and 12 April, Maidment Theatre.

Other Desert Cities is directed by Colin McColl and is set at Palm Springs at Christmas time. Perhaps the black sheep of the family she is faced with Republican parents and a brother who is an apolitical TV exec. The play was nominated for four TONY awards. When the family secrets are at risk of spilling out in a revealing chapter of Brooke's soon to be published memoir. The play was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. The cast consists of Sarah Peirse, Hera Dunleavy, and Elizabeth Hawthorne. The play runs between 8 and 31 May, Maidment Theatre.

Once on Chanuk Bair is by Maurice Shadbolt and is the story of the New Zealand troops in an area overlooking Gallipoli Bay. The Turks counteract and the Wellingtonians retaliate and the New Zealand men gave it their all. 711 of the 760 men died and to mark the centenary of World War One. Direction is by Cameron Rhodes and Ian Mune. Colin McColl has called the play 'a timely reminder of fighting someone else's war, Once on Chanuk Blair is a rarely performed New Zealand classic'. The play runs between 12 June and 5 July, Maidment Theatre.

The Good Soul of Szechuan is Brechtian theatre at its best. The 'tart with a heart' Shen Te is tired of being taken advantage of. She develops another persona and struggles to keep up the balance and good judgement, resisting the urge or to be susceptibility to deceipt, greed, which becomes a dark parable. The cast consists of New Zealand's drama darling. This play directed by Colin McColl promises to be packed with dance and song. The cast is Robyn Malcolm, Cameron Rhodes, Goretti Chadwick, Andrew Grainger, and Yuri Kinugawa. The play runs from 24 July - 17 August, Q Theatre.

Trees Beneath The Lake is an Arthur Meek play has had an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. This is the premiere of the work. Following the loss of a family orchard years ago with the flooding of the Clyde dam, William Campbell played by Michael Hurst, heads to Central Otago with his mother Nieve. The cast also includes Theresa Healey and Catherine Wilkin. The play runs from 4 - 27 September, Maidment Theatre.

Jesus Christ Superstar is the centrepiece of the 2014 programme and has music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The classic has songs familiar with audiences like "Everything is Alright" and "I don't Know How to Love Him". The staging has been given an update and the modern take comes across. The story follows Jesus in his last week and the people closest to him, including the one who eventually betrays him. The play runs from 30 October to 2 November, Q Theatre.

The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate by Margaret Mahy is adapted for the stage in this play starring Geraldine Brophy and Byron Coll. Join Sam, the boy who can't step out of his terribly ordinary brown suit, as he decides to sail away. He goes to the high seas. Only in 2006 was Mahy awarded the Hans Christian Anderson medal for her contribution to children's literature. The play runs from 4-8 July, Bruce Mason Centre.

Sons is a play by Victor Rodger with the lead character Noah McFarlane -  a successful young TV music host. He is a half-caste Samoan and upon visiting his father on his deathbed develops an urge to understand his lineage. With direction from David Fane the cast includes Beulah Koale. The play runs from 16 - 25 October at Mangere Arts Centre.