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Silo Delivers The Next Generation Of Performance

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Silo Theatre Delivers The Next Generation Of Performance

Silo Theatre presents

Two esteemed directors synonymous with the Auckland theatre. Eight young actors. Two shows. Silo Theatre once again invites Oliver Driver and Michael Hurst to direct a thriving group of young talent for The Ensemble Project, beginning March 14th as part of Auckland Festival 09.

THE ENSEMBLE PROJECT has proved an invaluable experience for emerging actors; the project has been designed to provide a platform for some of the country’s best young talent. Morgana O’Reilly, Curtis Vowell, Esther Stephens, Sophie Henderson, Barnie Duncan, Sarah Thomson and Bonnie Soper are all 2007 graduates of The Ensemble Project.

Many of these young actors have returned to Silo Theatre and worked alongside the likes of Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Amanda Billing, Peter Ellliott and Paolo Rotondo. Others have also appeared on national television – Morgana O’Reilly in the core cast of A Thousand Apologies and Sarah Thomson and Bonnie Soper as continuing cast members of Shortland Street.

From a staggering five hundred submissions, Silo Theatre will be putting eight new aspiring performers through their paces with a theatrical boot camp with help from a range of Silo Theatre alumnus, they will then take to the stage in 2009 to take part in two pieces which are designed to be performed in repertory.

Michael Hurst will be directing LIFE IS A DREAM, a dark fairytale from 17th Century dramatist Pedro Calderon de la Barca, emanating from the Spanish Golden Era. This is one of the great poetic plays of the Spanish theatre, an exultant journey through a fairy-tale landscape of destiny, desire and illusion. Michael Hurst will be working from a fresh and vital translation of LIFE IS A DREAM that was created for the Sydney Theatre Company.

Oliver Driver takes charge of the eight performers with BACK STORY, which is his own creation. The actors lead the audience through a construction of their own narrative. A work which embraces who we are, where we live and celebrates our cultural inheritance. Today’s generation speak to us in today’s idiom.

Silo Theatre is renowned for its discovery and investment in some of the countries finest young actors, THE ENSEMBLE PROJECT continues this impressive tradition.

Silo Theatre’s Ensemble 09 are Johnny Bright, Rachel Forman, Renee Lyons, Natalie Medlock, Dan Musgrove, Bree Peters, Sam Snedden and Fern Sutherland.

March 14th – April 11th
Performance times vary – please visit for more details
Herald Theatre, THE EDGE®
Tickets: $20 - $39
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