OUTLIERS All Playwrights confirmed

The playwrights whose work is in the 2017 EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour are confirmed!

OUTLIERS will include an extract from Manawa by Jamie McCaskill. Jamie was awarded the Bruce Mason Playwrighting Award in 2012, the year Manawa debuted. His current projects include Tikapa productions and the The Māori Side Steps webisode series.

Also included in the tour is a monologue from A Cripple Talks About Anatomy by Henrietta Bollinger, The play was shortlisted in 2012 for Playmarket’s b4 25 competition. Henrietta’s current projects include the Token Cripple column for Salient magazine.

The rest of the playwrights are Greg McGee, Briar Grace-Smith, Sam Brooks, FME Desmarais, Nathan Joe, Ralph McCubbin Howell and Lori Leigh. List of all the extracts.

Curriculum support materials include free digital access to a filming of the work, online study guide and the chance to add on an UNPACK IT! workshop at low cost.

Tour route, pricing and key information

The EnsembleImpact National Tour is a 50-minute bare bones programme of quality NZ theatre that comes direct to your drama room or auditorium. Touring 9 May – 23 June.

The tour is going to nearly 30 schools so far, with Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru, Queenstown, Waikato, Northland, Auckland, Whakatāne and Hawkes Bay confirmed. There are still performance slots in all those areas available. Don’t see your area represented yet? Get in touch to make it happen! [email protected]

2016 Bruce Mason playwright: Sam Brooks


We’re back into our Wellington office this week after a structural all-clear. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the latest seismic activity.

The other major event on Sunday 13th was that NZ Playwright Sam Brooks received the 2016 Bruce Mason Award. We’re including the fabulous ‘Beyonce’ monologue from Sam’s Queen in the 2017 EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour. 

Sam is already part of the Young and Hungry family. His play The 21st Narcissist was commissioned in the 2014/15 Playwright’s Initiative and in the 2015 Festival of New Theatre.

The EnsembleImpact National Tour is a 50-minute bare bones programme of quality NZ theatre that goes direct to a school’s drama room or auditorium. Touring 9 May – 23 June. 

The tour is filling out with over 20 schools in Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Queenstown, Waikato, Northland, Auckland, Whakatane and Hawkes Bay confirmed.  There are still performance slots available in those areas and areas not yet represented.

Tour route, pricing and key information 

“At the end of it, that’s what we do. We make people feel a little less alone in the world.”- Sam Brooks, 2016 Bruce Mason Playwright

OUTLIERS – Prescribed List playwrights confirmed

We’ve confirmed two NZ playwrights from the NZQA prescribed list who will feature in OUTLIERS, the 2017 EnsembleImpact National Schools Tour.

The cast will perform the outgoing monologue from Greg McGee‘s Foreskin’s Lament and an extract from the work of Briar Grace-Smith.

Kerryn Palmer (Director) and KC Kelly (Dramaturg) are busy reading a a range of modern NZ plays which reflect the OUTLIERS theme. We’ll be sharing more confirmed playwrights in late November and the finalised list of extracts will be available to teachers in January 2017.

The EnsembleImpact National Tour is a 50-minute bare bones programme of quality NZ theatre that comes direct to your drama room or auditorium.  Touring 9 May – 23 June. 

Tour route, pricing and key information 

Or email Clare Kerrison [email protected] to make a booking enquiry now.

OUTLIERS features extracts from modern NZ plays that voice what it is like in the out-groups and in-groups of a normalising world. Whether punk, hoon, goth, geek, queer, nerd or whatever, this show can open discussion about the labels we identify with and the ones we’re stuck with.

Excellent use of dramatic conventions which relates clearly to the external NCEA exam – very easy to write about. – Havelock North High School

Again our students were inspired by the ‘coolness’ of NZ theatre – a great achievement, thank you! – Selwyn College

2016 Annual Appeal

Remember the time you had…falling in LOVE with theatre?

… on the stage for the first time sweating with your cast mates, now your LIFE-LONG friends?

… HUGGING the ladder with your toes, rigging the lights you designed with the help of your Y&H mentor?

… with your new Y&H ambassador mates, watching the NZ Opera (THE OPERA!)?

… when the NZ play came to your school, and just seemed to reach out to your bones and GET you?

Remember that time?

There are life-changing experiences that we have in our youth, the times we have that mean everything to us. We make key friendships, have fun, discover ourselves, learn, and have light-bulb moments about our lives, careers and loves.

For 22 years the Young and Hungry Arts Trust has been providing these moments to young people. Most of it for free or low-cost. But it should go without saying that it’s not free. It’s a tough funding world for arts organisations and we’re inviting you to give-a-little for the next generation.

Donate Now

We’re inviting all our alumni, friends and supporters to help us reach our target of $5,000 by 18 November so we can continue empowering young people to create, participate in and appreciate New Zealand theatre.

So whether you can afford $5, $10, $80, $200 or the whole shebang, please give-a-little to support the next generation have the time of their lives while falling in love with theatre.


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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.

New Staff: Clare Kerrison

Clare Kerrison profileWe have welcomed Clare Kerrison into the Young and Hungry office. As Programme Administrator, Clare will be working on Young and Hungry’s new programme – the EnsembleImpact national tour. She has started at a run and it is great to have her expertise helping to get EnsembleImpact well established into Young and Hungry.

Clare has recently returned from the UK where she was administrator for an arts consulting firm and ran her own improv school. Before leaving NZ she was Business Manager for BATS Theatre in Wellington. In her younger days as an actor she performed in a five month tour of ‘Animal Farm’ to schools in Bavaria, Germany.

Taika Waititi is new patron

The Young and Hungry Arts Trust is delighted to have film director, writer, painter, comedian and actor Taika Waititi join Dame Kate Harcourt as one of its Patrons.

Young and Hungry is New Zealand’s leading youth focused arts organization, providing mentorship and development opportunities for young people in all facets of professional theatre, including: playwriting, acting, stage management, costumes, set design, lighting, sound design and publicity.

“It’s a great honour to be invited to be a Patron of Young and Hungry. Back in the old days I kind of got my start doing Young and Hungry stuff. Now that I’m no longer young, or hungry, I’m really happy to be able to support them and the next generation of New Zealand’s theatrical talent.”

Taika acted in the 1995 Festival of New Theatre, taking a role in Dave Armstrong’s Fast Food. That year Taika was one of nearly 40 young people learning the theatre ropes in the Festival, along side Loren Horsley, Pip Hall, Nigel Collins and Jackie van Beek, all who are now working professionally in the arts.

“Taika’s a remarkable talent, and it’s wonderful that Young and Hungry is part of his amazing journey to becoming one of New Zealand’s most exciting talents,” says Young and Hungry’s Chair, Sandy Gildea.

Young and Hungry celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014 and would love to hear from its 1,000 plus alumni to find out where you are and what you’re doing. Perhaps you’ve got some skills you could share with us, or perhaps you’d like to be involved in a reunion next year.