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Wednesday 7 January 2009
The Voice Project Aotearoa presents


February 19, 20, 21, 6:30 pm (45 min long)
BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce
Tickets: adult $16 / concession $12
TO BOOK ph. 04 802 4175


A Chinese immigrant is detained at the airport...

A Pakeha woman is given a suitcase by an unknown Maori woman...

Three women journey to New Zealand without really knowing why.

A scientist, an accountant, a teacher, an artist, six mothers, two actors and a tohunga come together and ask what are we doing in New Zealand?

With movement, music, and true stories, these eleven women and one man discover how they all came to be in the same place.

Premiering in October 2008 in Palmerston North, The Guardian called it “an astonishing conception,” and The Manawatu Standard, performed with “precision and passion."

Director Amanda McRaven says, “The Voice Project is about finding your creative voice and turning it into performance that is both intensely personal and highly theatrical."

A director and Fulbright Scholar, Amanda’s work has been critically acclaimed in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles: “She directs with imagination and insight.” - LA Weekly.

“Fiercely committed physical performances...four stars,” - Time Out New York.

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From Auckland, Palmerston North, Oamaru, Dunedin, Wellington, Guangzhou, China, New Delhi, India, Heilongjiang, China, Wuppertal, Germany, and Grenoble, France, SUITCASE is not your typical Fringe ensemble.

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Featuring: Ema Alter, Vicky Cheetham, Tracey-Lynne Cody, Virginia Jamieson, Dione Joseph, Amy Petre, Maarié Toye, Ulrike Uslar-Furkert, Yeying Wang, Warren Warbrick, Lynda Williamson, Jade Zhou. Set art by Virginia Jamieson, Lighting by Laurie Dean

McRaven says: “These actors perform with raw honesty. They tell their stories simply. It is intimate and at the same time intensely theatrical. It happens in an airport - humans in transit, on the way to somewhere else. But we get to stop for 50 minutes and see what happens on the way..."


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