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Phenomenal Ensemble Storm BATS Theatre on Its 30th Birthday

A Phenomenal Ensemble Storm BATS Theatre on Its 30th Birthday

Shakespeare’s women have had it rough. It’s time for a change.

One of the largest ensemble works at BATS in its 30 year history is set to tear apart some of Shakespeare’s best-known works and set the record straight about what their heroines could achieve.

Thought to be dead, A Winter’s Tale’s Hermione (Erina Daniels) has escaped from jail and is searching for her lost daughter. On the road she meets fierce wāhine toa dealing with their sh*t narratives.

It’s time to start rewriting these women’s stories from a new perspective.

A fierce and provocative new work from one of New Zealand’s most influential theatremakers and mentors, co-directed by one of our strongest young voices.

Sarah Delahunty and Neenah Dekkers-Reihana have been working together for over 10 years. At 14, Neenah stepped in last minute to play a role for Sarah – only for Delahunty to discover she could “really bloody act!”. Dekkers-Reihana has now established herself a phenomenal and acclaimed career in theatre, crediting Delahunty for nurturing her success. Together, the pair are unstoppable.

Sarah Delahunty has mentored young performers and theatremakers for 30-odd years, including prolific, award-winning designer Michael Trigg. Trigg returns from his position as Technical Manager of Auckland’s Basement Theatre especially to production design for This Long Winter.

A premiere season of Sarah Delahunty’s latest script from no less than 28 NZ theatremakers.

Starring Erina Daniels, Alice May Connolly & Jean Sergent. Featuring Hannah Kelly, Aimee Smith, Maggie Leigh White, Julia Mattocks, Eleanor Strathern, Huia Haupapa, Sepelini Mua’au, Matthew Dussler, Felix Faisandier, Daniel Walker-Bowell, Barnaby Olson, Alex Ker, Sam Irwin, Andrew Ford, Alex Greig, Andrew Paterson.

Music performed by Carrie Green, Isaac Thomas & Charlotte Forrester.

Composed by Holly Ewens (Rosy Tin Teacaddy).

* Best Theatre WINNER (NZ Fringe Festival, 2014) – Sarah Delahunty for Affinity

* Playmarket's Plays for the Young WINNER (2012) – Sarah Delahunty for The Beanstalkers

*Pick of the Fringe WINNER (NZ Fringe, 2012) – Sarah Delahunty for 2b or not 2b * Best New Play (Wellington Theatre Awards, 2012) – Sarah Delahunty for 2b or not 2b * Playmarket's Plays for Young WINNER & RUNNER-UP (2009) – Sarah Delaunty for 2b or not 2b and Eating The Wolf.

* Bruce Mason Playwriting Award (1987) – Sarah Delahunty

* The Dorothy McKegg Actress of the Year WINNER (Wellington Thetare Awards, 2017) – Neenah Dekkers-Reihana for Anahera & The Mooncake and the Kūmara * Emerging Artist Trust/Whitireia Most Promising Female Newcomer WINNER (2014) – Neenah Dekkers-Reihana for 4 Billion Likes * Best Directed Chaos WINNER (NZ Fringe, 2017) – Neenah Dekkers-Riehana & Michael Trigg for Jacob’s After Party * Spriit of the Fringe WINNER (NZ Fringe, 2016) – Michael Trigg

* Most Promising Emerging Artist WINNER (NZ Fringe, 2018) – Eleanor Strathern (A Mulled Whine)

* The George Webby Most Promising Newcomer Award WINNER (Wellington Theatre Awards, 2018) – Eleanor Strathern (A Mulled Whine)

This Long Winter at BATS Theatre

Wednesday 10th – Saturday 20th April / 8.30pm

(no show on Good Friday)

Tickets $22 full / $18 concession / $16 Group 6+

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