This year, New Players entered into Wellington TheatreFest with ‘An Incident at the Border’. Directed by Phil Saxby, this one-act play by Kieran Lynn explores the increasing tension between a couple who, out for a stroll in the park, are inadvertently separated when a country’s new border is drawn and divides them apart.
Under the rigorous eyes of a brand new border guard, Olivia and Arthur are trapped in an increasingly absurd nightmare, stuck in between two aggressive nations on the verge of war.
Featuring Monica Reid, Shivneel Singh and Symon Choveaux, An Incident at the Border had two public performances at Tawa and Newlands, before the weekend competition on 28-29 July 2019 at Hutt Rep.
Although New Players didn’t progress through to the regional finals, it was a great experience for all involved.
Congratulations to everyone who took part!
Message from Wellington District Theatre Federation:
Congratulations to all involved in this weekend’s Wellington TheatreFest: some wonderful drama magnificently presented. Thanks also to our adjudicator, Shannon Tubman ANZDA, and to all at Hutt Repertory for hosting and organising.
Although there was great theatre from everyone there had to be some winners, so particular congratulations to:
Excellence in Acting awards: Helena Cvitanovich and Leroy Paton-Goldsbury (Hutt Valley High Community Theatre’s “We’ll Meet Again” by Tama Smith), and Jaycinta Scurfield (KAT’s “Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die” by Abby Howells).
Best Technical Production: “We’ll Meet Again” by Tama Smith, directed by Tama Smith, Hutt Valley Community Theatre Company
Best Youth Production: “Hoodie” by Lindsay Price, directed by Linda Voice, King John Youth Theatre Company (Harlequin Theatre)
Best Adult Production: “The Dreaming” by Richard James, Directed by Hayden Rogers, Khandallah Arts Theatre
Best Overall Production: “We’ll Meet Again” by Tama Smith, directed by Tama Smith, Hutt Valley Community Theatre Company
Progressing to the Regional Finals at Pahiatua over the weekend 24/25 August:
“Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die” – Khandallah Arts Theatre
“We’ll Meet Again” – Hutt Valley High Community Theatre
“Hoodie” – King John Youth Theatre Company (Harlequin Theatre)
“The Dreaming” – Khandallah Arts Theatre