Hannah Banks, Stevie Hancox-Monk, Brianne Kerr, Rebekah Adams, Maggie White, Katie Hill, Emma Katene and Freya Daly Sadgrove - By Uther Dean
Tuesday August 20th - 6:30pm. Random Stage.
Twisted loved stories: A series of monologues about love and sex. The woman who kissed a gnome. The girl who is also a bomb. The lady so obsessed with stationery she is prepared to kill for it. Or even worse: love for it.
Tiny Deaths is a beautiful and odd collection of love stories, all as dark as dark chocolate. Wickedly funny and sumptuously grotesque, it's perfect for a first date. Or a last one.
Tiny Deaths is a polylogue Written by Uther Dean (Nominated for Best New New Zealand Play for 'Everything is Surrounded by Water' at the 2014 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards)being revamped for TAHI this year.
'Tiny Deaths' is a beautiful and odd evening of love stories, all as dark as dark chocolate.
Trigger warnings/Content forecasts: : 'Tiny Deaths' includes descriptions of emotional & physical violence and sex acts. It is not appropriate for children.
Hannah Banks is an award-winning performer, producer, writer and director. Banks is one of the founders and creative directors of My Accomplice. Since 2009 the company have made over twenty shows together, including the Fringe award-winning A Play About Space (2013). In 2014 she directed and co-wrote Everything is Surrounded by Water which won Best Solo at the New Zealand Fringe Festival and was nominated for Outstanding New New Zealand Play at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. In 2014 Banks also won The Richard Campion Accolade for Outstanding Performance at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for her performance in the My Accomplice STAB Production of WATCH, which re-opened BATS Theatre at its original Kent Tce home. In 2018 she completed her PhD in Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington where she researched women in devising in Aotearoa.
Stevie Hancox-Monk is a Wellington-based freelance theatre maker, actor, and improviser, most recently known for playing Hamlet in David O’Donnell’s 2019 production of Hamlet. She is a long-time member of improvisation company PlayShop, and also performs with The Improvisers.
Other recent theatre credits include: Second Unit (Andrew Foster, Stella Reid, Benjamin Henson), Massive Crushes (Isobel MacKinnon, BATS Theatre); The Turkish Dogs are Racist (Jonathan Price, BATS Theatre); The Comedy of Errors (Samuel Phillips); Marine Snow (Lori Leigh, BATS Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lisa Wolpe, Divadlo Na Prádle, Prague CZR); The Maids (Samuel Phillips); and Crystal Clear Shakespeare (Ben Crystal, Circa Theatre).
Brianne Kerr is a Wellington-based actor and publicist. After graduating with a Bachelor of Performing Arts from the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (Christchurch) in 2001, Bri moved to Wellington. In Wellington Bri has performed in shows such as Head of the House, Cold Start, The Eight Reindeer Monologues, Brain Power,Revenge of the Amazons, Christ Almighty!, No Taste Forever, McKenzie Country, Julius Caesar, Slouching Toward Bethlehem, Other People’s Wars, Coriolanus, Clouds, Gunplay, All’s Well That Ends Well, Once We Built A Tower, Blue Stockings, Richard III, Tiny Deaths, Lysistrata, A Christmas Karel Čapek, Richard II andTwelfth Night. Bri has been a proud member of Chapman Tripp Theatre Award-winning theatre company The Bacchanals since 2011 and won Best Supporting Actress in the 2015 Wellington Theatre Awards for her role in Richard III.
Rebekah is in her third year of her degree at Victoria. She is studying Theatre, Psychology, Classics and the list goes on! Her most recent performances include comedy variety show Fairlie Amusing directed by Lori Leigh and playing Viola in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night directed by Anastasia Matteini-Roberts in Feb. Rebekah loves Arianna Grande, tigers and chocolate.
Maggie is an actor and poet living in Te Whanganui a Tara. Earlier this year she played Gertrude, Queen of Denmark in the Wellington Summer Shakespeare 2019 production of "Hamlet" (dir. David O'Donnell), followed by "Honey" in Uther Dean's sold-out season of "Massive Crushes" (dir. Isobelle McKinnon) as part of NZ Fringe. On-screen, she acted solo in Tabitha Arthur's 2017 short film "There", which was part of the Official Selection for the Dona i Cinema Mujer y Cine Women & Film Festival in Valencia, Spain 2019. Maggie is very excited to perform in "Tiny Deaths" as part of the inaugural Tahi Festival.
Gidday Everyone I’m Katie! Im super excited to be in Uther Dean’s tiny deaths, giving the ‘SQUID’ monologue a go! It’s weird and wonderful, which are the perfect adjectives to describe myself and my director Tim Fraser! I’m currently in my third year at Victoria and have a particular affinity for stand-up comedy where I reveal too much information about myself. I feel honoured to be working with a cast of such powerful women. Yeehaw!
Freya Daly Sadgrove
Freya Daly Sadgrove is a writer and performer from Pōneke. She has worked with My Accomplice before in Massive Crushes (2019), Me and My Sister Tell Each Other Everything (2017) and the original production of Tiny Deaths (2015). She is also a frequent collaborator with Binge Culture Collective, performing in several of their shows including Break Up (2018) and Ancient Shrines and Half-Truths (2019). She
trained and performed extensively with Long Cloud Youth Theatre and PlayShop between 2010 and 2016. Her poetry has appeared in various publications in Aotearoa and abroad, and her debut poetry collection, Head Girl, will be published in 2020. You can find out more about her work at freyadalysad.com
Emma is an emerging artist in Wellington, taking a small break from her study of Theatre and English at Victoria University. She recently performed her first lead role as Jamie, in “Running Late”, directed by Shauwn Keil. Outside of the university environment, Emma’s acting experience includes an assortment of strange birds in KidStuff’s “The Little Duckling”, directed by Shannon Friday, and the grounded but sassy bartender in “Almost Sober”, directed by Keegan Bragg. She also enjoys dabbling in a bit of sound design, as seen in Bethany Miller’s “Waste Not Want Not: Bethany’s Guide To The Thrift Life”. Emma is excited to be directed by the wonderful Tabitha Arthur, and be involved in the Tahi Festival alongside a group of such talented women.
Beth Taylor is not only the director of 'eight' in ‘Tiny Deaths’ but is also the producer of the entire TAHI Festival. Beth started directing when she was only 15 and has directed shows such as ‘Hope Spring’s, ‘Camembert’, ‘Once on Chunuk Bair’ and is currently working on an exciting devised show, ‘Legend’ with Courtney Rose Brown. This project has been a really nice chance for Beth to stretch her directing muscles and she has absolutely loved with Rebekah Adams in this scene, building up the complex emotional arc of her character and creating such a lovely friendship out of this working collaboration.
Tabitha graduated from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and Victoria University with her Masters in Directing in 2013. She has directed multiple productions around Wellington, including her second home: BATS Theatre. Alongside directing for stage and screen, Tabitha is a sought-after portrait and creative commercial photographer.
Kerryn has worked as a freelance director, actor, and teacher of drama for over 20 years. In 2003 she completed her MTA in directing at Toi Whakaari-New Zealand Drama School and VUW, graduating with distinction.In 2016 She set up Bedtime Stories from Inside, a programme that goes into prisons and records family members reading stories to their children. Kerryn has just finished a four-year Teaching Fellowship, lecturing at Victoria University (Theatre Programme) and is part way through her PhD in Theatre for Young Audiences. She has directed many touring shows that have traveled around New Zealand for; Duffy Theatre,Capital E National Theatre for Children, Handstand Productions, Ensemble Impact and most recently, Arts on Tour’s production of SEED. She also devises and creates large scale site-specific/generic works, (Pandemic, Sniper, Adrift, My Shout- Another Round at the Thistle Inn, Black November 1918) Her upcoming work includes a new initiative of theatre classes for the elderly, with Voice Arts Trust.
Sally Richards has a PhD in Theatre from Victoria University of Wellington, holds a Master of Theatre Arts in Directing from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and Victoria University, and a Bachelor of Theatre with Honours from James Cook University of North Queensland. Her research interests include solo performance, pedagogy of theatre, diasporic theatre and theatre for social change. Sally’s most recent directing work includes Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at Victoria University, and co-directing with Kerryn Palmer the premiere of She Danced on a Friday, a new devised solo by Nicola Pauling at the Meteor Theatre, Hamilton and at BATS Theatre, Wellington. Sally currently teaches at Victoria University.
Tim Fraser is a current Masters in Fine Arts student at Victoria University. After performing in the 2016 Young and Hungry festival, he helped assistant direct Fallen Angels for the festival the following year. This is the first solo show he has directed, and he is excited to share this work that he and Katie Hill have been working on.