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Young NZ Writer’s Play Goes to Circa Theatre

Red Scare Theatre Company presents


Written by James Cain

Young NZ Writer’s Play Goes to Circa Theatre After Acclaimed Tour, Achieving a Long Held Dream.

“A must see!” “James Cain is a writer to watch”
Tanemahuta Gray – Taki Rua Eleanor Bishop (Body Double, The Intricate Art of Actually Caring)

After a sold out season at BATS Theatre, an acclaimed tour and being shortlisted for Playmarket’s Adam NZ Play Award, Movers comes to Circa Theatre in January 2019. Written by 25 year old James Cain, it’s received an overwhelming amount of praise, from Playground Collective’s Eleanor Bishop, Taki Rua’s Tanemahuta Gray and renowned director and essayist David O’Donnell.

Circa has long been a dream for Cain who originally came to Wellington as an actor. “Ever since I arrived I was determined to stage a work there. After doing a Masters in Scriptwriting with the incredible teacher and playwright Ken Duncum, I’m so thrilled that I’m making my debut as a writer with a play I couldn’t be prouder of

Cain was excited that the original production and tour reached such a range of audience members and looks forward to it doing the same at Circa. “This show is intergenerational and not in a saccharin way” says Cain. “A workspace was a perfect microcosm to explore all of these ideas because it’s like school all over again. You’re meeting completely different people with massively different backgrounds than you, and you start this dance of trying to figure out how to get along.”

One of its performers, John Landreth was nominated for Outstanding Performance at this year’s Wellington Theatre Awards for his role of Bruce. It also stars New Zealand icon Lloyd Scott, also known as “Scotty” from the Toyota Hilux Ads and beloved late night host of Radio New Zealand for 50 years. Rounding out the cast is rising star Sepe Mua’au who performs the lead role.

Movers follows Tai, a wannabe stand-up comedian who has just finished uni and has no real clue about what to do next. He takes a job at a moving company to kill time and meets Oscar and Bruce, two Pākehā blokes as ‘middle New Zealand’ as can be. When Tai does an off-the-cuff impersonation of Bruce at his stand up set and it turns out to be an audience favourite, he’s got to make a choice between his job and his career.

For Scott, playing in a double act is pretty familiar territory, performing opposite Barry Crump in the iconic Toyota Hilux Ads for 12 years. It seems like full circle for Scott whose history of riding in vehicles sees him posing in utes for fans after shows. “It’s great to be involved in this new work by James, I love the writing and it’s not just a comedy, there’s a lot to chew over in it too.”

Movers plays
Dates: 12 - 26th January/7:30pm
Venue: Circa Theatre
Tickets: $25 - $35
Bookings: or call 04 801 7992


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