Geography of Loss

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Geography Of Loss

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Bookings now open at

www.bookingsgeographyofloss.com

 

Please help ensure we can meet our commitments!

~~~~~

 

If we go back far enough, all New Zealanders are immigrants.

 

Everyone is familiar with stories of people who have been forced to leave their homelands in order to survive, to avoid persecution, slaughter, or starvation. Or who have chosen to journey in search of peace, a new clean, green land where their families can prosper. But in searching for new and better, they leave something, someone behind and may lose a piece of themselves.

 

Our ancestors were immigrants, from the first Maori explorers to the Chinese gold miners and Jewish businessmen who followed; from the 19th century European pioneers to the refugees of World War II and more recent conflicts. Now we are all Kiwis striving to find common ground without losing our unique characters.

 

The search for identity affects us all

 

Geography of Loss is a new play, written by Karen Zelas and produced by Lightning Productions. It is the story of one family, yet, at the same time, of many families. A story that needs telling over and over. It shows the lasting effects of loss, but also resilience, hope, perseverance and homecoming, ultimately located firmly in Aotearoa New Zealand, these shaky but beautiful isles.

 Geography of Loss spans four generations and is made up of dramatic moments that fit together like pieces of a jigsaw. The frame holding these pieces is the love of Deborah and Jack, which has lasted more than fifty years. The play is their story. It brings to life family myths – events recounted over and over that have become part of their heritage and identity. These include the search for a homeland, for safety and peace.  As well, the story rests upon the responsibility of survivors and subsequent generations to remember and to give witness.

 

Playwright Stuart Hoar (The Great Art War; Pasefika):

Geography of Loss is a fascinating and beautifully written play.”

  

The resilience, perseverance and hope in this play will resonate with Christchurch people in the wake of the earthquakes. So many in our community have been made homeless, refugees in their own city, their own country. They will see the same hope and strength that carry them through to new beginnings.

  

Poet Bernadette Hall (The Lustre Jug (VUP); Life and Customs (VUP)): 

“I have no doubt as to the work’s significance … the language sparkles and the story is vivid and heart-breaking.”

 

Now for the sticky bit –

 Finances:

The professional director and actors, lighting designer, technician, etc must receive payment for their work, or the production cannot proceed.

 To put this play before you, we desperately need your support.

Please make a donation.

Make a group booking.

Tell your friends.

 

When & Where:

Elmwood Auditorium, Aikmans Road, Christchurch, is booked from 15 – 25 October 2014, 8 evening performances and 2 Saturday matinées.

Bookings open 1 August 2014, through www.BookingsGeographyofLoss.com

 

Elwood Auditorium 

Elwood Auditorium

 

The People:

Director Martin Howells – Martintrained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London – 1966/68). He was the winner of the City of London Prize for best student director. He is an actor, scriptwriter, author and director for theatre and television, and most recently directed and acted in the successful seasons of The Secret Lives of Henry and Alice in Christchurch, Dunedin and Timaru.

 

Director Martin Howells & assistant Myffy

Martin Howells & assistant, Myffy

 

Playwright Karen ZelasKarenis a Christchurch writer and former psychiatrist. Shewon the 2013 Playwrights’ Assn of NZ Playwriting Competition for her script Poverty and Muse. Her first book of poetry, Night’s Glass Table, was selected as the 2012 IP Picks Best First Book by Interactive Publications, Brisbane http://ipoz.biz/Titles/NGT.htm, who also republished her novel Past Perfect (Wily, 2010) as an ebook. Her poetry and prose have been widely published in New Zealand, as well as overseas, and her poems are often seen in The Press.

 

Actor Helen MoranHelenhas worked in NZ theatre since 1989. More recent joys were playing in Othello, Agnes of God, and The Jungle Book at the Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, a number of productions with the Christchurch Free Theatre and solo shows, Skeleton Woman and The Bone Keeper’s Story, in Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru and Okarito!  In 2011 she performed in Repertory Theatre’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and in AR Gurney’s Love Letters. Helen makes regular appearances in the family shows she produces twice yearly for IMAGINE Youth Theatre. She and husband Martin Howells have just finished a highly-praised season of The Secret Lives of Henryand Alice in Christchurch, Dunedin and Timaru.

 

Actor Peter Rutherford – Peter trained at Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School and graduated in 2001. In the following years he performed in many theatrical productions in Wellington and throughout New Zealand, most notably the premiere production of Carl Nixon’s adaptation of Lloyd Jones’ The Book of Fame with Downstage theatre, which toured to a number of arts festivals, and Geographical Cure, a production mounted for the International Festival of the Arts. Peter was also integral to the devising and performance of the STAB production The Telescope. Since moving to Christchurch he has also appeared at the University Theatre and Court Two in the Arts Centre in The Night Season and Backwards in High Heels, both directed by Tony McCaffrey.

 

2 more Actors – yet to be auditioned.

 

Lighting Designer Joe Hayes – Joe is simply ‘the best’. He does lighting design for The Court Theatre, amongst others, and he is doing it for us!  

 

Martin Howells & Joe Hayes

Martin Howells and Joe Hayes – ideas flowing

 

 

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Geography Of Loss

Project 2014-06-22 20:23:58 +1200

 

Bookings now open at

www.bookingsgeographyofloss.com

 

Please help ensure we can meet our commitments!

~~~~~

 

If we go back far enough, all New Zealanders are immigrants.

 

Everyone is familiar with stories of people who have been forced to leave their homelands in order to survive, to avoid persecution, slaughter, or starvation. Or who have chosen to journey in search of peace, a new clean, green land where their families can prosper. But in searching for new and better, they leave something, someone behind and may lose a piece of themselves.

 

Our ancestors were immigrants, from the first Maori explorers to the Chinese gold miners and Jewish businessmen who followed; from the 19th century European pioneers to the refugees of World War II and more recent conflicts. Now we are all Kiwis striving to find common ground without losing our unique characters.

 

The search for identity affects us all

 

Geography of Loss is a new play, written by Karen Zelas and produced by Lightning Productions. It is the story of one family, yet, at the same time, of many families. A story that needs telling over and over. It shows the lasting effects of loss, but also resilience, hope, perseverance and homecoming, ultimately located firmly in Aotearoa New Zealand, these shaky but beautiful isles.

 Geography of Loss spans four generations and is made up of dramatic moments that fit together like pieces of a jigsaw. The frame holding these pieces is the love of Deborah and Jack, which has lasted more than fifty years. The play is their story. It brings to life family myths – events recounted over and over that have become part of their heritage and identity. These include the search for a homeland, for safety and peace.  As well, the story rests upon the responsibility of survivors and subsequent generations to remember and to give witness.

 

Playwright Stuart Hoar (The Great Art War; Pasefika):

Geography of Loss is a fascinating and beautifully written play.”

  

The resilience, perseverance and hope in this play will resonate with Christchurch people in the wake of the earthquakes. So many in our community have been made homeless, refugees in their own city, their own country. They will see the same hope and strength that carry them through to new beginnings.

  

Poet Bernadette Hall (The Lustre Jug (VUP); Life and Customs (VUP)): 

“I have no doubt as to the work’s significance … the language sparkles and the story is vivid and heart-breaking.”

 

Now for the sticky bit –

 Finances:

The professional director and actors, lighting designer, technician, etc must receive payment for their work, or the production cannot proceed.

 To put this play before you, we desperately need your support.

Please make a donation.

Make a group booking.

Tell your friends.

 

When & Where:

Elmwood Auditorium, Aikmans Road, Christchurch, is booked from 15 – 25 October 2014, 8 evening performances and 2 Saturday matinées.

Bookings open 1 August 2014, through www.BookingsGeographyofLoss.com

 

Elwood Auditorium 

Elwood Auditorium

 

The People:

Director Martin Howells – Martintrained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London – 1966/68). He was the winner of the City of London Prize for best student director. He is an actor, scriptwriter, author and director for theatre and television, and most recently directed and acted in the successful seasons of The Secret Lives of Henry and Alice in Christchurch, Dunedin and Timaru.

 

Director Martin Howells & assistant Myffy

Martin Howells & assistant, Myffy

 

Playwright Karen ZelasKarenis a Christchurch writer and former psychiatrist. Shewon the 2013 Playwrights’ Assn of NZ Playwriting Competition for her script Poverty and Muse. Her first book of poetry, Night’s Glass Table, was selected as the 2012 IP Picks Best First Book by Interactive Publications, Brisbane http://ipoz.biz/Titles/NGT.htm, who also republished her novel Past Perfect (Wily, 2010) as an ebook. Her poetry and prose have been widely published in New Zealand, as well as overseas, and her poems are often seen in The Press.

 

Actor Helen MoranHelenhas worked in NZ theatre since 1989. More recent joys were playing in Othello, Agnes of God, and The Jungle Book at the Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, a number of productions with the Christchurch Free Theatre and solo shows, Skeleton Woman and The Bone Keeper’s Story, in Wellington, Christchurch, Timaru and Okarito!  In 2011 she performed in Repertory Theatre’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and in AR Gurney’s Love Letters. Helen makes regular appearances in the family shows she produces twice yearly for IMAGINE Youth Theatre. She and husband Martin Howells have just finished a highly-praised season of The Secret Lives of Henryand Alice in Christchurch, Dunedin and Timaru.

 

Actor Peter Rutherford – Peter trained at Toi Whakaari/NZ Drama School and graduated in 2001. In the following years he performed in many theatrical productions in Wellington and throughout New Zealand, most notably the premiere production of Carl Nixon’s adaptation of Lloyd Jones’ The Book of Fame with Downstage theatre, which toured to a number of arts festivals, and Geographical Cure, a production mounted for the International Festival of the Arts. Peter was also integral to the devising and performance of the STAB production The Telescope. Since moving to Christchurch he has also appeared at the University Theatre and Court Two in the Arts Centre in The Night Season and Backwards in High Heels, both directed by Tony McCaffrey.

 

2 more Actors – yet to be auditioned.

 

Lighting Designer Joe Hayes – Joe is simply ‘the best’. He does lighting design for The Court Theatre, amongst others, and he is doing it for us!  

 

Martin Howells & Joe Hayes

Martin Howells and Joe Hayes – ideas flowing

 

 

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