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Workshop 1 - Acting for Solo Performance with Hannah Banks

Wednesday 21st August. 10AM - 12PM. Random Stage

Led by Dr. Hannah Banks, this workshop will explore the tools and methods actors can use when tackling the medium of solo performance.

 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.


Workshop 2 - Directing for Solo Performance with Sally Richards

Thursday 22nd August. 12:30PM - 2:30PM. Random Stage

Led by festival director, Dr. Sally Richards

In what ways can the director best serve the solo performer to create a theatrical experience that can hold the audience's attention, imagination and memory? What strategies work in accommodating the intensity of working one-on-one and the fundamental challenges of the genre? This workshop addresses opportunities to share the directorial perspective with the solo performer by using specific approaches such as body doubling, imagined reality and ensemble workshops, in order to strengthen the solo performer's limited ability to self-evaluate their performance.  

Sally Richards has a PhD in Theatre from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 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 in 2018, and co-directing with Kerryn Palmer the premiere of She Danced on a Friday, a devised solo by Nicola Pauling at the Meteor Theatre, Hamilton and at BATS Theatre, Wellington. Sally is currently teaching on the Theatre Programme at Victoria University.


Workshop 3 - Catching the Beast with Victoria Abbott

Friday 23rd August. 10:00AM - 12:00PM. Random Stage

This is a workshop for people who have a hunch, have caught sight of footprints but can't catch the idea.

How do you create a workspace when you don't know what you're writing/devising?

Bring your hunch, or just come for some tools.

We'll look at clues, gathering, sorting through the s**t, naming, setting the traps. 

This is a very personal workshop from the maker of Run Rabbit on what she's learnt in the field, trying to catch the bunny by the tail.

Victoria Abbott is a writer, performer, voice artist, clown, devisor and actor.She studied at Otago University, Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and École Philippe Gaulier. Awards include Best Theatre Performance and the PAANZ Touring Award 2019 Fringe Awards (Run Rabbit), The Chapman Tripp Emerging Artist Trust award for Most Promising Female Newcomer 2012, Best Theatre Production 2015 Fringe awards (Caterpillars) and Auckland Theatre Award for Most Original Production 2015 (All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever). She's been in various short films, which have travelled to the Clermont-Ferrand, Beverly Hills and Seattle short film festivals. In the world of theatre she's made work with Red Leap Theatre, The Pop Up Globe, ATC, Circa, Kallo Collective, The Conch, Playground Collective,The Basement Christmas Show, various co-ops and was a founding member of Bare Hunt Collective. She pops up in ads from time to time and various other screen work including for Jane Campion directed Top Of The Lake: China Girl. 2018 she moved into the world of performance art, with a Stranger Things experimental electric guitar performance in Auckland and a work titled 'A Lady Drowns' which saw her floating in the harbour for Performance Art Week Aotearoa in Wellington. Other recent work includes a campaign for Shine, playing a virginal teacher in TVNZ's webseries Educators and the upcoming Sunday night drama Ablaze. 


Workshop 4 - Autobiographical memories as material for performance with Jaime Dorner

Friday 23rd August. 12:30PM - 2:30PM. Random Stage

This workshop aims to explore different approaches when working with an autobiographical memory as material for performance. In this workshop we will explore different approaches I have developed when working with memories, such as: memory as a script, memory as a landscape and memory as a choreographic score. The workshop is constituted in two parts. The first is the introduction of the group and of this kind of work. The second is a practical tester of these methodologies.

THE GROUP, this workshop is design for adults of all ages and levels of experience. The group has to be an even number of participants; most of the dynamics are in couple. (10 -14 max.), 

 REQUIREMENTS, each participant should have a voice-recording device (most phones have it), head phones, paper (workbook) and pencil/pen. Participants should wear comfortable clothes. Sound system in the space, with the cable to be able to connect the recording devices in (IPhones and android)

I am a professional actor, director and writer trained in Chile. In 2009 I completed a Masters Degree in Theatre Arts at Toi Whakaari Drama School. Currently, I am finishing a PhD in Theatre Performance at Monash University, Australia.

The heart of my work is the creation of evocative and provocative images rather than a coherent lineal narrative. I am interested in biographical material, gender and catharsis and the way in which these concepts interrelate to affect the audience. I like the idea of using my own biography and memories as a bridge to reach the audience in my work. Finally, my curiosity as a practitioner constantly leads me to question the craft of doing theatre, what the purpose of theatre is and how effective theatre can be. So far I believe theatre to be a trigger and a provocateur of emotional/intellectual processes.


Workshop 5 - Movement and Choreography with Richard Huber (director), Sofia Kalogeroupoulou (choreographer) and Dr Moira Fortin (actor)

Saturday 24th August. 10AM - 12PM. Random Stage

This workshop explores how we work collectively as actors, choreographers and directors to devise a solo performance with an interdisciplinary edge. This approach puts the actor’s physicality at the core of the image making and looks at how text and action can work in parallel and complimentary relationships.

 Dr Moira Fortin, actress and Lecturer at the Programme of Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago. As a performer and an interdisciplinary researcher, working across Theatre Studies and Languages and Cultures, Dr Fortin has been successfully contributing to the body of knowledge regarding Rapa Nui/ Easter Island. Prior to moving to Aotearoa, Fortin conducted research in Chile, specifically in Rapa Nui (1999 - 2012) where she was the team leader of the pre-production of the trailer of a TV series called Katamarangi. In 2016, Fortin completed a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, entitled Tensions and Possibilities: The Interplay of ‘Traditional’Cultural Elements and the Creation of Contemporary Rapanui, Māori and Samoan diasporic Theatre. Since 2017 Fortin has been performing in The Motorway in Dunedin and Wellington. In 2018 Fortin performed The Motorway and The Subterranean based on the book Sub-terra by the Chilean Baldomero Lillo at the Dunedin Fringe Festival where she was nominated as Best Performer.