Auditions for Y&H Tours 2019

We are looking for four up-and-coming professional Māori actors for the 2019 Y&H Tour to secondary schools, I AM MĀORI.

Directed by Nancy Brunning, I AM MĀORI showcases extracts from plays by Māori playwrights.

The programme will touch on topics such as family issues, politics and land rights, with a common thread being ordinary people doing extraordinary things to change their world, no matter who they are or their background. It is the connection to their culture that gives them great strength to fight their battles and find the hero within.

Confirmed excerpts include scenes from Hone Kouka’s Waiora, Briar Grace-Smith’s Ngā Pou Wāhine and Astroman by Albert Belz.

Available roles: two male, two female – all Māori

Rehearsals: 7 April – 29 April, 2019 – in Wellington

Tour dates: 30 April – 22 June, 2019 (see calendar)

We are looking for:

  • Confident speakers of Te Reo
  • Can hold a tune/ sing a waiata – playing an instrument is a bonus but not necessary  
  • Open, talented (whether from training or experience), be strong in your own opinion but also able to create a safe and supportive team spirit
  • A willingness to muck in and get along are essential
  • Full drivers licence desired – the cast tour by themselves with the support of head office and a minimum of two full licences required for health and safety  

Auditions Dates:

Auckland: Saturday 2 February, 2019             Wellington: Saturday 9 February, 2019

On registration, a script will be sent out in preparation for the audition

How to apply

To audition: please send your C.V. and a separate photo to Natasha Thyne – [email protected]

Let us know which audition centre you’d like to attend and your preference for a morning or afternoon session.

For any queries please contact Natasha at the email address above or call 04 385 8227

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I AM MĀORI; announcing first 3 plays

I AM MĀORI to include three playwrights from the NZQA prescribed playwrights list

We are pleased to confirm excerpts from playwrights Hone Kouka, Briar Grace- Smith and Albert Belz will be included in I AM MĀORI.

The programme will feature scenes from Hone Kouka’s Waiora, Briar Grace-Smith’s Ngā Pou Wāhine and Astroman by Albert Belz, which recently had twin premiers at The Court in Christchurch and the Melbourne Theatre Company.

In the 50-minute no-tech programme brought directly to your school by Y&H Tours (A Country of Two Halves, OUTLIERS), I AM MĀORI showcases extracts from plays by Māori playwrights.

We are thrilled to have Nancy Brunning as the director and dramaturg of what will be another excellent show for your students.

Nancy selected these scenes because they all deal with change – whether that change is bad, liberating or challenging. 

“As artists each of the writers have used pathos, debate and imagination to highlight how their protagonists experience the status quo, ask more of the world they live In and endeavour to understand what is real, to find release or to remember what is good about being Māori in an unforgiving New Zealand”

About the Plays and Playwrights

Hone Kouka’s Waiora is set in 1965 and tells the story of a Māori family, who have recently migrated to the South Island from the East Cape, preparing to celebrate a birthday with their Pakeha guests.

Hone (Ngati Porou, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kahungunu) is an acclaimed Māori writer, winner of the Bruce Mason Award (1992) and multiple Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. He became a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Contemporary Māori Theatre in June 2009.

A recent reviewer said of Waiora; “It is a beautifully written play that merges Greek tragedy with classic post-war plays like Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. It is funny, carefully observed, well-crafted and with a pleasingly old-fashioned feel.”

Ngā Pou Wāhine was Briar Grace-Smith’s first play and earned her the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award in 1995. The debut season was directed by Nancy Brunning and starred Rachel House.

Briar Grace-Smith (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Wai) ONZM has written for stage, television and film as well as short stories.

Ngā Pou Wāhine brings to life the journey of a young, working class wāhine, as she discovers her true spirit through the fabulous stories of her whānau and the dramatic history of her ancestor, Waiora.

The NZ Herald said of the play; “Briar Grace-Smith’s uniquely poetic vision achieves universal appeal through its vividly detailed focus on a particular rural community that presents itself like a hologram composed from an accumulation of luminous fragments.”

Astroman is a flashback to the 80s and tells the story of Jimmy, a gifted boy genius who escapes life’s pressures at the local Astrocade. With the help of his resourceful mother and the elderly Scottish owner, he battles bullies, stops space invaders and grabs an extra life.

“It’s an endearing, physical and nostalgic coming-of-age drama,” Stuff review, October 2018.

Albert Belz (Ngati Porou, Nga Puhi, Ngati Pokai) has been a professional writer for television, film and theatre since 2001. He has been nominated for and won several Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards during his career including Best New Zealand Play and Most Original Play amidst many others.

Book today

I AM MĀORI will be touring to schools around New Zealand from April 30th to June 21nd. 

Booking information and a proposed tour route are now available on the website.  

Booking enquiries can be made directly via programme administrator Natasha at [email protected] or 04 385 8227

A full list of excerpts will be announced at the start of Term 1, 2019

Nancy Brunning to direct Y&H Tour ’19

We are thrilled to have Nancy Brunning as the director and dramaturg of the Y&H Tour 2019; I AM MĀORI

I AM MĀORI will be touring schools around New Zealand from April 30th to June 21nd.  For more information about booking the tour; click here

Nancy Brunning

Producer/Director/Writer

Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tūhoe. Nancy has been involved in professional theatre since 1992. She trained at Toi Whakaari Aotearoa in 1990-1991, established herself as a theatre actor, director and dramaturge with Māori Theatre/Production Company Taki Rua Productions for well over 15 years.

She has acted for theatre throughout New Zealand and has directed theatre in English and Māori.  She also works as an actor and has assisted with dramaturgy with some of New Zealand’s most celebrated Māori Playwrights such as Briar Grace-Smith, Witi Ihimaera, Hone Kouka and Albert Belz to name a few.

In 2011, she wrote her first play which was produced in 2014 in Wellington, later that year she was selected as the first Indigenous NZ Writer at the Banff Indigenous Writers Residency in Canada 2014.  Hīkoi was then premiered at the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival. Nancy is also an actor recently playing Ramona in “Mahana” ”Directed by Lee Tamahori based on the novel “Bulibasha” by Witi Ihimaera.  She is cast in the TV drama In Dark Places, the story about Teina Pora and the latest season of Brokenwood Mysteries. 

She has recorded many plays and short stories for Radio NZ, was casting manager and kaitautoko for Documentary/Drama film “Belief” about the tragic death of Wainuiomata resident Janet Moses.  In September Nancy will head to Christchurch to direct Albert Belz’s Astroman for the Court Theatre.

Hāpai Productions was co-founded by Nancy and Tanea Heke in 2013. Nancy took on the role of Producer/Director and Writer in their project Portrait of an Artist Mongrel celebrating the writing of Rowley Habib which was presented at this year’s Auckland Writers Festival.

2019 tour announcement – I AM MĀORI

Young & Hungry is pleased to present its theme for the 2019 tour;

I am Māori

Ordinary People changing the world

In the 50-minute no-tech programme brought directly to your school by Y&H Tours (A Country of Two Halves, OUTLIERS), I AM MĀORI showcases extracts from plays by Māori playwrights.

We are thrilled to have Nancy Brunning (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tūhoe) as the director and dramaturg of what will be another excellent show for your Drama and English students. 

Nancy is an actress, writer and director who has won awards in film and television and has made a major contribution to the growth of Māori arts, including acting as a dramaturg for some of New Zealand’s most celebrated Māori playwrights.

Nancy says she would aspire her storyteller super power to be matakite/seeing into the future.

“Ki te kahore he whakakitenga, ka ngaro te iwi – without foresight or vision the people will be lost”.

The programme will touch on topics such as family issues, politics and land rights, with a common thread being ordinary people doing extraordinary things to change their world, no matter who they are or their background. It is the connection to their culture that gives them great strength to fight their battles and find the hero within. 

I AM MĀORI will be touring to schools around New Zealand from April 30th to June 21nd.  

The programme will feature at least one extract from a playwright on the NZQA prescribed reading list, with all extracts confirmed by early term 1, 2019.

Booking information and a proposed tour route are now available on the website. Booking enquiries can be made directly via programme administrator Natasha at [email protected] or 04 385 8227

Stay tuned for more information being released in the coming months.

Curriculum support

Along with the performance at your school, your booking includes a study guide with:

  • A master script
  • Playwright bios and play synopses
  • a digital filming of the work which can be accessed anytime throughout the year after the performance,
  • notes and information from the creative team,
  • and pre and post show activities and exercises tailored to exam requirements.

Y&H Tours (Formerly EnsembleImpact: A Country of Two Halves, OUTLIERS)

Y&H Tours takes New Zealand theatre to secondary schools, universities and youth theatre groups around the country. Created to support the drama curriculum, it showcases a themed collection of New Zealand playwrights, tells New Zealand stories, addresses issues that are relevant to New Zealand youth, and employs young New Zealand actors at the start of their professional careers.

Performed in traverse by four young professional actors, the show requires no lighting or sound set up. It is ideally suited to Drama students in years 10 -13 and has a 5-minute Q and A built into the programme. 

Tour ends with three shows at BATS

Young & Hungry’s tour of A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES comes to an end in Wellington with three public performances at BATS Theatre.

July 5th, 6th and 7th  | 6.30PM

BATS Theatre | 1 Kent Terrace

Tickets are $15 

Visit www.bats.co.nz  or call (04)802 4175to book 

A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES cast (from left) Laura Thompson, Ariadne Baltazar, Patrick Tafa and Liam Hughes after their performance at Gisborne Girls’ High School.

Auckland public performance of A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES

Tickets are on sale now for the Auckland public performance of our touring show A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES. 

Sunday, June 17th | 4PM

TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre) | 100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland

Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for adults. 

Visit www.tapac.org.nz to book 

Don’t miss the chance to see our fabulous cast of Ariadne Baltazar, Laura Thompson, Liam Hughes and Patrick Tafa in action. 

Directed by Patrick Davies, A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES consists of extracts from New Zealand plays that help us understand how the ‘other half’ live: whether it be the haves and the have nots, rural and city, or privileged and un-empowered.

This 45-minute bare bones programme of New Zealand theatre (followed by a five-minute Q&A) can open discussion about the misunderstandings that keep us divided and what brings us together.

The show includes extracts from Wednesday to Come (Renée), Ka Shue (Letters Home) (Lynda Chanwai-Earle), Urban Hymns (Mīria George), Broken River (Ralph McCubbin Howell), The Debate (Riwia Brown), Revenge of the Amazons (Jean Betts), Sham (Jess Sayer), and The Tutor (Dave Armstrong).

 

AUDITIONS: EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour

**AUDITIONS**
ENSEMBLEIMPACT NATIONAL SCHOOLS TOUR

Young and Hungry is looking for four up-and-coming professional actors for the 2018 EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour, A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES.

Directed by Patrick Davies, A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES features features scenes exploring the wide range of conflicting and opposing opinions, ethnicities, politics, social levels and ages of the wonderful characters who populate NZ playwrights’ plays.  A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES can open discussion about the misunderstandings that keep us divided and what brings us together.

We are looking for four actors with just as wide a range of diversities to bring this to life. You will be open, talented (whether from training or experience), able to hold a tune (if not sing brilliantly), able to bring your own style of physical exuberance to the production. Be strong in your own opinion but also able to create a safe and supportive team spirit.

See The Big Idea for details and how to apply. 

Young and Hungry announces 2018 EnsembleImpact Schools Tour

A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES

A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES will present extracts from NZ plays that help us understand how the ‘other half’ live: whether haves and have nots, rural and city, privileged and un-empowered, mainland and Northland. A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES can open discussion about the misunderstandings that keep us divided and what brings us together.

The EnsembleImpact Schools Tour presents a 50 minute bare bones programme of quality NZ theatre that comes direct to your drama room or auditorium. The extracts will include at least two playwrights on the NZQA prescribed list and the performance will be supported by extensive educational resources and a video for later study.

Touring 14 May – 6 July 2018. Tour information and bookings

Young and Hungry is pleased to announce that Patrick Davies will direct A COUNTRY OF TWO HALVES.

I’m thrilled to be directing for EnsembleImpact! It’s an exciting opportunity to rake through the rich history of New Zealand playwrights in presenting polarised aspects of our culture.

 

“EnsembleImpact allows students and teachers to cross reference themes across differing plays, creating contrasts that are springboards for discussion, not only in drama, but also in social studies, history and culture. These excerpts also provide students with examples of the theatre world in relation to the world they live in.”

With an international background in improvisation, acting, and teaching, Patrick came to Wellington in 2006 to begin his Masters in Theatre Arts (Directing) at Toi Whakaari/Victoria University of Wellington. He has worked with Auckland, Northland and Otago Youth Theatres and has taught Directing and Shakespeare Performance at the National Youth Drama School. Most recently he directed Atilla the Hun for Young & Hungry and he currently works for the New Zealand Festival as the Education and Community Coordinator.

OUTLIERS The Cast!

Casting for the EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour is complete!

Director Kerryn Palmer says “We had a great time at auditions in Wellington and Auckland. It was really challenging to choose four people from such a strong group of auditionees.”

The team start rehearsals in April with the tour beginning 8th May. There are still a few school performance times available. See our booking page for more details about the tour or email Clare Kerrison.

Simon Paenga, Outliers, 2017 EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour, Young and HungrySimon PAENGA
Gisborne born Simon Paenga began pursuing his passion for performing at Lytton High School. His array of accolades in singing, acting and dancing, led him to study at NASDA in Christchurch, where he graduated with a degree in Performing Arts, majoring in Musical Theatre. Since then he has appeared in Musicals both here and in Australia, and recently completed his third year of the National Tour with Duffy Theatre.

Hannah Kelly, Outliers, 2017 EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour, Young and HungryHannah KELLY
Hannah went to Wanganui High School, has a BA (Hons) majoring in Theatre & Film from Victoria University and attended The John Bolton Theatre School in Melbourne. She is a regular performer with Wellington’s Patacake Productions and won Best Actress in the 2015 Short + Sweet Festival for the play Last Meals. Hannah plans to take her solo clown show to Melbourne Fringe later this year!

Lee Ah Yen Faatoia, Outliers, 2017 EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour, Young and HungryLee ah yen FAATOIA
Of Samoan, Chinese and German descent, Lee went to Mangere College in Auckland and studied acting in Australia with AAA Sydney acting school.  He’s spent most of his acting life since 2011 on camera. He most recently studied with “Kacie Stetson Studio- Acting from the core” (Auckland). Lee plays drums and is also a martial artist. 

Hilary Penwarden, Outliers, 2017 EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour, Young and HungryHilary PENWARDEN
Hilary attended Sacred Heart Girls’ College in New Plymouth and has her honours degree majoring in theatre at Victoria University. She is now an actor and director in Wellington and a member of the multi-award winning theatre company, The Bacchanals. In 2015, she participated in the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s Emerging Theatre Practitioner Programme at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. 

Kerryn Palmer confirmed as Director for OUTLIERS

kerryn-palmerYoung and Hungry Arts Trust are thrilled that Kerryn Palmer has agreed to direct, OUTLIERS, the 2017 EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour. Kerryn directed the 2014 tour, Asian Invasion, which was described by one teacher as ‘the high-water mark’ of EnsembleImpact’s repertoire.

Tour information and bookings.

I am really excited to be directing another Ensemble Impact production.

Asian Invasion 2014 was a highlight for me, working with a fabulous and diverse cast and a real smorgasbord of dynamic NZ texts.

Outliers 2017 presents another challenging and exciting theme that I am looking forward to embracing with an energetic new cast.  The theme is one close to my heart. Growing up in a small rural town and not really finding my own “tribe” of people until my 20’s, I  am aware of what it is to think a little differently from the status quo.

We are currently pouring over several NZ scripts in order to find the right balance of extracts that will speak to young people in an exciting and engaging way about being proud of who they are regardless of their beliefs, behaviors, thoughts and abilities.

About Kerryn Palmer

In 2003 Kerryn completed her MTA in directing at Toi Whakaari-New Zealand Drama School and Victoria University Wellington (VUW), graduating with distinction.

Kerryn regularly directs at Capital E National Theatre for ChildrenBATS Theatre and Circa Theatre. She has also created several immersive site-specific/generic works. (Pandemic, Sniper, Adrift, My Shout- Another Round At The Thistle Inn)

She has directed many touring shows that travel around New Zealand, most recently Capital E’s Kiwi Moon. and Ensemble Impact’s Asian Invasion.  Kerryn is passionate about new New Zealand plays and has directed several debut performances, four of which have either won or been nominated for Chapman Tripp new play or best new playwright awards.

Kerryn is currently a teaching fellow in the Theatre Department at Victoria University and is working on a PhD in Theatre for Young Audiences.