Uther Dean & Hannah Banks - My Accomplice
Thursday August 22nd - 6:30pm. Random Stage.
A development performance of a new work from the team that brought you the NZ Fringe Award winning Everything is Surrounded by Water and Uther Dean Reads 300 Haiku. On a desperate quest to find a way to lift the weight of living, nervy millennial El finds herself faced off with many of the worst things she knows: death, war, politics and herself. An odd, uneasy story about doubt, doppelgängers and dreams.
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.
Uther Dean (writer)
Writes plays, jokes and some TV.
(All secret poems).
SYMMETRY started in three places - me wanting to write a non-hacky dream sequence, me wanting to write Hannah a solo, and me wanting to explore, in a new way, the default malaise, the hanging sadness that sits over all millenials.
I wanted to make something eerie and weird, like a bad dream, something that creaks and crawls.
When I'm writing something I always assume that jokes will creep in. Because I'm me and jokes just kind of happen in my work. I always start out meaning to write something Serious and Proper but then people start cracking wise.
This is the first time that I've kind of stuck to my guns. Symmetry has the least jokes of anything I've written. Whatever that means. And I also think it's among my best work. It frightens me, working on it was a little harrowing, and if you're startling yourself that much, you must be on to something.
My Accomplice is Hannah Banks, Uther Dean and Paul Waggott. The company was founded in 2009 and creates a mixture of devised, scripted and storytelling work.