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New Scripts Spring to Life in The Court Theatre

MEDIA RELEASE - The Court Theatre 15 August 2012


New Scripts Spring to Life in The Court Theatre

The Court Theatre is celebrating new work in SPRING IN THE SHED, a special festival of new scripts with a unique opportunity for audiences to be a part of the writing process.

Between 19 August until 2 September, six pieces will be rehearsed by actors and directors, then presented to audiences as "works in progress", with forums after each for audiences to give their feedback to the playwright.

SPRING IN THE SHED coordinator, Court Theatre Literary Manager Elizabeth O'Connor, is excited about the line-up of new plays on offer.

"This festival has splendid variety," O'Connor says, "There's comedy, drama, even a musical about Frances Hodgkins. It's a rich opportunity for writers and audiences alike."

Artistic Director of The Court Theatre Ross Gumbley is also enthusiastic about SPRING IN THE SHED. "The excitement of being at the birth of a script is quite intoxicating and quite unlike any other thrill we experience in the theatre."

All tickets $10 each - book at The Court Theatre on 963 0870 or online at

By Fiona Farrell, directed by Ross Gumbley
Sun 19 Aug, 4pm
A murder-mystery adapted from Dame Ngaio Marsh's novel Photo Finish, featuring Detective Roderick Alleyn and Agatha Troy trapped in a remote location investigating the case of a dead diva.

By Dan Bain & Brendon Bennetts, directed by Melanie Camp
Thu 23 Aug, 9:15pm
A stag party in a West Coast cabin for four overconfident and under-qualified city boys becomes increasingly hilarious... and dangerous.

By Felicity Price, directed by Elizabeth O'Connor
Sun 26 Aug, 4pm
Adapted from Price's hit comic novels A SANDWICH SHORT OF A PICNIC and HEAD OVER HEELS. Penny Rushmore is fifty, prone to flushes and frustrated. When she takes control of her life, unpredictable and uproarious consequences result.

By the Young Playwrights Initiative, directed by Melanie Camp
Thu 30 Aug, 9:15pm
A collection of "mini-plays" by six young writers. Each piece is under fifteen minutes - all pack a theatrical punch.

By Elizabeth O'Connor & 12:51, directed by Lara Macgregor
Sat 1 Sep, 2pm
Sandra Close and Julie Hutton shot over 120 monologues about the February 22 Earthquake. Elizabeth O'Connor has selected and interwoven seven stories to be performed as they were told: a mixture of comedy, tragedy, loss and triumph.

By Stuart Hoar & Philip Norman, directed by Elric Hooper
Sun 2 Sep, 4pm
A musical about the collision of politics and art when the Christchurch Art Gallery endeavours to acquire a painting by Frances Hodgkins.


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