Asian Invasion: Plays from the Other Side of Aotearoa.”
Featuring a cast of four – all Asian, all young professionals – the Ensemble will build upon its five-year success of touring high schools and regional community centres using only New Zealand material.
Just as they did with She’ll Be Write, A Baker’s Dozen, Womanz Work ! and In Spite of Himself, EnsembleImpact will choose, arrange, dramaturge, cast, rehearse and perform across the country…to rave reviews:
“The content was superb – fascinating snippets of a variety of great NZ theatre. Again our students were inspired by the ‘coolness’ of NZ theatre – a great achievement, thankyou! We also loved the time the actors set aside for questions and advice. Duncan Allen – Selwyn High School
We loved it! – Diane Dupres, Ashburton College
See it now! Book them for next year, if you’ve missed out for this year! – Louise Flynn, Awatapu College
My kids were hooked from the minute you started as Falling was a play we did last year ourselves – brilliant for them to see a familiar piece geared up a notch or two in the hands of professionals. – Vivien Smith Okaihau College
This was a fabulous show for Years 10 to 13. Great choice of sections from a range of plays. – Bruce de Grut, Takapuna High School
Thursday night was great, four very talented actors! The comments and feedback from the audience was fantastic. - Robyn Cherry-Campbell, Director – Storm Productions
Asian Invasion goes into rehearsal in April, 2014, and tours from May 5th to July 4th. Our cast, exclusively drawn from our newest and most vibrant immigrant population, our Asian Community, highlights the people and the cultures that have come to call New Zealand home.
In three and four-person scenes, in monologues and duologues, in English, and sometimes Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese & Tagalog the Company will present a range of material – some funny, some serious – each highlighting a new and rich contribution to the social and cultural life of New Zealand.
Drawing from the success of such NZ works at Carl Nixon’s “Two Fish @ A Scoop” and Renee Laing’s “Lantern” as well as Jacob Rajan’s incredibly successful plays through his Indian Ink organisation, Playmarket has submitted over 43 scripts for our consideration, eight or ten of whom will find their way in to EnsembleImpact’s new schools and community programme.
Asian Invasion will be a unique addition to New Zealand’s theatrical landscape – a first for any touring company – and a landmark production in our theatrical landscape.
Asian Invasion will play to over 5,600 students, teachers and interested community theatre goers.
Will your school be among them?
(Just click twice on the map below to see who’s already on our itinerary)
Whether you’re in Wanaka or Whangamata, Kerikeri or Invercargill you can share your impressions with students around the country: same show, same people, same programme – all vital New Zealand plays.
Moreover, the two best reviews we receive – good or bad - will be awarded an APPLE gift certificate for your student’s time and care. (But they must be in High School to qualify … we’re after your reasoned critique, not a compliment).
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And while you’re on our web-site, check out the downloadable Study Guide in the Study Guide section, too.
’09 She’ll Be Write
’10 A Baker’s Dozen
’11 Womanz Work
’12 Five Years Running
Acting Around Aotearoa
Acting Around Aotearoa 2
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