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Grace: In 1907 she faked her death

Media Release, July, 2008
In 1907 she faked her death

Grace written and directed by Sophie Dingemans
Wellington BATS Theatre
August 19 – 23 all performances at 8.30pm
Tickets: $18/$12 Call BATS on (04) 802 4175 or book[at]

Auckland The Basement (nee Silo)
September 15 – 20 Mon-Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm
Tickets: $25/$20 Call 09 357 3355 or go to service fees apply

In 1907 writer and director Sophie Dingemans’ Great Grandmother, Grace Oakeshott, did the unthinkable; she faked her own death and ran away to New Zealand with the man she loved. The Rebel Alliance, the company behind The Orderly, A Night of French Mayhem and The Bomb is delighted to bring you a story of extraordinary sacrifice and passion. What would you give up for love?

More than 20 years ago Sophie was first told Grace’s story and ever since then she has wanted to bring it to the stage. After more than 2 years in the making Grace will debut at BATS in Wellington before touring to Auckland’s Basement Theatre.

Only 3 years old, a mere toddler in theatrical sense, The Rebel Alliance has quickly grown to become a force to be reckoned with. With a fierce focus on producing new plays by and with up and coming actors, writers and directors, the company has already developed an impressive track record. The Rebel Alliance productions feature some of the most talented theatre makers you’ve probably have never heard of.

Nicci Reuben plays Grace. Imported from the UK Grace is her first lead on the New Zealand stage. She is supported by Jo Lees as Grace’s feisty sister Amber; Brian Moore as Grace’s tirelessly working husband Harold; Matthew Baker as the breathtakingly charming Dr. Walter Reeve and the inimitable Michael Downey as H.G. Wells.

All of The Rebel Alliance productions have been produced by Anders Falstie-Jensen. A Danish man with squid-like qualities he wields his tentacles in a plethora of trades. He has directed the three previous Rebel Alliance productions, wrote two of them and publicised all of them. From 2005 to 2007 he worked as a producer with the Indian Ink Theatre Company and is currently the publicist for the 40th Auckland International Film Festival.

Grace is made with generous support from EAT (Emerging Arts Trust), Arts Alive and is part of THE EDGE’s® STAMP programme.

In 2006 the critically acclaimed solo show The Orderly launched The Rebel Alliance. It has since then had two Auckland return seasons and been adapted for radio by Radio New Zealand. In August it boldly goes where no Rebel Alliance show has ever gone before. To Upper Hutt. The Orderly was followed by A Night of French Mayhem. Featuring heaving bosoms, horny men and dodgy bastards the show became a runaway success at The Herald Theatre and more than 1000 people came along this “Bold and innovative (NZ Herald) new play. Finally The Bomb was dropped on the Herald Theatre in 2007. A 50 megaton thermonuclear warhead was stolen. Te Papa was blown up by suicide skydivers and Auckland disappeared in a radioactive mushroom cloud… Long may the force be with them (Theatreview)

“The Rebel Alliance is establishing itself as a company to watch” (NZ HERALD)



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