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Wellington’s finest put on a mighty fine show

6 December 2007

Wellington’s finest put on a mighty fine show next week

The silly season is upon us already and what better way to celebrate than to head down to Mighty Mighty in Cuba Street next week for an evening of drama and comedy with the Six O’clock Swill.

The Six O’clock Swill is a series of one-act plays that take place monthly at Mighty Mighty. They are funded by the Creative Communities Wellington local funding scheme, administered by Wellington City Council.

Six O’clock Swill producer Mark Westerby says the Creative Communities scheme ensures the plays take place every month.

“The Swill is a brilliant opportunity for practitioners to fine-tune their craft in front of an audience,” says Mr Westerby. “We have a mix of plays from well-known playwrights, local scripts under development, and of course our infamous improvised saga, Magnum: The Lost Episodes. What this series does is allow artists to try their hand at new, edgy and interesting work, and allow audiences easy access to this work with cheap entry and in a non-traditional space.”

Next week’s shows, on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 December, offer a sneak peak at On the Conditions and Possibilities of Helen Clark Taking Me as Her Young Lover adapted from the book by Richard Meros; American playwright Quincy Long’s The Muse; and the next instalment of Magnum: The Lost Episodes.

Many of the projects that were allocated grants from the latest Creative Communities round will be part of the 2008 New Zealand Fringe Festival, which runs throughout February.

Various projects such as workshops, performances, short-term arts events, artist in residence schemes and arts-related promotional activities are all eligible for funding.

The next round of the Creative Communities Wellington local funding scheme closes on 31 March 2008.

Information on the scheme and other Wellington City Council grants can be found on the Council’s website,, or people can phone the Council’s grants team on 499 4444.

Information on the Six O’clock Swill series can be found at

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Creative Communities Wellington Local Funding Scheme
Allocations September 2007

Organisation Name Project Description Amount Granted
3 Shades presentation of new theatre piece Godzone $2000
Afterburner premiere of original theatre work by Afterburner $1800
Bach Choir of Wellington performance of complete B minor Mass by Bach $1500
Bard Productions comedy piece called "The Wind Speaks to Wellington" $1500
Brave to stage a new NZ play for Fringe 2008 $2000
Broken Cat theatre production at Syn bar during Fringe Festival $2000.
Champs chamber music training for school students, plus concert $2000
Claire Middleton to introduce Argentine Tango to people with visual impairments $1000
Conjunction for the 29th NZ National Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention $1000
Dave Wiggins marketing costs for two comedy shows for 2008 Fringe Festival $500
Hellenic New Zealand Congress Inc contemporary production of Aristophanes' Wasps $1500
Island Bay Community Centre fence mural, eight large panels for side fences and paint for side fence $2000
Jamie Burgess a play entitled "Shoes" $2000
Kidzstuff Theatre for Children play for children "Which Witch is Which" $2000
Lightweight Theatre a one-woman play "The Beckoning of Hope" at Fringe Festival $1500
Mana Tiaki Incorporated Society roadshow for schools promoting kapahaka roopu $2000
New Zealand Comedy Trust Class Comedians learning programme for secondary school performers $2000
Nota Bene two choral concerts in June and November 2008 $2000
Operatunity Class Act Opera professional performers presenting professional opera to schools $2000
Orpheus Choir a Come and Sing day's workshop for community singers $1000
Pablos Art Studios Inc to provide support to Outsider Art artists for solo exhibition $800
Pablos Art Studios Inc provide Artist-in-Residence programme to develop skills $1000
Paul Forrest an "artist in residence" event exhibiting up to 40 new paintings $1000
Prunella Wilde The Seaweed Experiment III - seaweed art installation $1570
Rankle Productions theatre production looking at the tradition of the 21st Party $2200
Six O'Clock Swill a monthly series of one-act plays at Mighty Mighty $2000

The Bacchanals production of "A Renaissance Man", a new NZ play $1940
The Magniloquents a new tap show for Fringe 2008 $1500
The Victoria Broadcasting Club Ltd 88.3 FM a CD sampler of local Wellington bands for sale and promotion $2000

Theatre Militia theatre work for the Fringe Festival 08 $1950
Vicki Knight - Spirit of the Solomons Spirit of the Solomons exhibition at Websters gallery $389
Vincents Art Workshop to have an active involvement in Newtown Festival and Fringe Festival 2008 $2000
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul an exhibition to provide a platform for art and crafts people $1000

Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT) Inc performances of improvised comedy shows in Wellington during Fringe Festival $620
Wellington Playback Theatre promotion of 20th birthday performance from Playback $500
You Can & You Will Productions a new comedy play developing new genre 'mock-u-theatre' $1500
Total : $55,269


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