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Presented by Everybody Cool Lives Here
In association with Active
Directed by Isobel MacKinnon
Welcome aboard Active Airlines!
Join the eccentric passengers during this compelling, surreal and funny flight.
Made under the guidance of Wellington theatre makers in collaboration with Active, a service for youth with an intellectual impairment, Wake Up Tomorrow was created from the minds of these incredible young people.
Audiences will be transported from the mundane moments on a long haul flight to bizarre and hilarious scenarios.
Please fasten your seat belts, make sure you are in the upright position and enjoy the journey. We may or may not arrive at the expected destination.
“In a work of this kind there is always a delicate balance to be held between presenting a polished product at the same time as allowing for a playful improvised quality to emerge that allows the actors to perform to their strengths. This was very evident in the final few scenes …” – Madeline McNamara
In Wake Up Tomorrow, the youth of today are taking over Circa Theatre’s main stage.
Premiering on Saturday 21 February, this inventive show from Everybody Cool Lives Here pairs the talents of artists from ACTIVE – a vocational support base for 17-25 year olds with intellectual disabilities – with a team of Wellington’s top emerging theatre-makers.
“Integrated theatre” is rarely seen in New Zealand and even more rarely in a professional production. Fortunately the show’s director Isobel MacKinnon, 26, is no stranger to breaking new ground. She won both the Most Original Concept at the New Zealand Fringe Awards and the Absolutely Positively Most Original Production of the Year award at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards in 2014.
Taking audiences on a surreal long-haul flight with a planeload of eccentric passengers, Wake Up Tomorrow will break down boundaries, MacKinnon says.
“I would like audiences to have a joyful and enjoyable time and meet our show with the same openness as the guys creating it have,” she said, adding that the collaboration had been “beautiful and fascinating”.
30 ACTIVE participants have been involved in crafting all aspects of the performance, working with the guidance of the professional mentors to develop skills and help realise their creative ideas.
Following a sell-out development season in Te Whaea’s Basement Theatre in 2014, the production was selected for a main stage run by Wellington’s Circa Theatre, where it will feature as part of the 2015 New Zealand Fringe festival, which begins this month.
“Wake Up Tomorrow captures the half-dream state the brain can slip into when we are trapped in a plane on a long-haul flight. Moments of mundane reality morph into surreal extrapolations: a clever convention that almost justifies anything and everything that occurs in whatever way it happens. An absolutely ‘fit for purpose’ production.” John Smythe, Theatreview.org.nz
“There’s a sense of mischief and of joy throughout this production; the cast throw themselves into their roles with a level of commitment that any actor would do well to aspire to.” Jarrod Baker, Word On The Street
Duncan Armstrong – Michael Star
David Cree – Agent Hulkstyle
Jacob Dombroski – Troy Kingi
Axel Evans – Crepe, Rapalicious
Dominic Faherty – Co-Pilot
Tess Francis – Grandma Michelle
Adrian Gordon – Captain, Dictator
Oliver Gordon – Olaf Knovsky
Stevie Hancox-Monk (Mentor) – Nana Evangeline, Crepe
Simon Haren (Mentor) – Stephanie, Drummer, ‘The Boss’
Michael Hebenton (Mentor) – Customs Officer, Giles
Caitlin Pamplone – Grandma Nicki, Sharon
Janiece Pollock – Bella
Nick Smith – Amelia Thomas, Nicky Maylor
Jasmin Waetford – Grandma Betty, Angel of Death, Coach
Aidan Weekes (Mentor) – Geordie, Peasant, Terrance McMan
Kwame Williams-Accra – Spyfox
Danielle Lindsay, Catherine McBride, Shafiq Sos, Emily Thompson – Dancers
Rose Kirkup Set & Costume
Rowan Pierce Sound & A/V
James Kearney Lighting
Danielle Lindsay Choreography
Sherilee Kahui (Original Devsiing Director) Performance and AV Coaching
Megan Baker, Adrian Buckland, Kate Dovey, Dominic Faherty, Adrian Gordon, Tessa Haanen, Elizabeth Parkington, Julie Sarros, Emily Young
Active Props Construction/ Marketing:
Dave Cree, Kate Dovey, Joshua Drakeford, Dominic Faherty, Adrian Gordon, Tessa Haanen, Alastair Hutchinson, Catherine McBride, Luke Miller, Elizabeth Parkington, Shafiq Sos, Nick Smith, Kwame Williams-Accra, Liang Zhou.
Produced by Everybody Cool Lives Here & Ali Kirkpatrick
Production/Stage Manager Lucie Camp
Pack-in Karena Latham, Rowan McShane, Simon Rayner
Publicity & Graphic Design Everybody Cool Lives Here
|GENEROSITY AND HEART CREATE A GOOD TIME
In a world where photoshopped images and manufactured everything is the norm, it is heart-warmingly refreshing to encounter a production that is fun, a little bit loose and real. Ok, so maybe that reality is exaggerated aided by impressive production values and heightened by the energy of the cast but it would take a hard-hearted character not to get carried along with the momentum of Wake up Tomorrow.
As the programme flyer warns:
Made up of a series of vignettes that include a Reality TV Cooking Show, Rock Concert, Olympic Games event, Wake up Tomorrow has a narrative and central character – Spyfox (Kwame Williams-Accra) – that reminds me a little of the Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego [computer game] premise.
The cooking show segment with Sharon (Caitlin Pamplone) is hilarious. The deadpan delivery by Pamplone has me actually wondering if she is even aware of the beauty of her comic timing.
This is entertainment.
I don’t wanna play favourites but a certain moustached, gyrating magician /ringmaster (Duncan Armstrong) is a joy to watch, as too is one of the “Rapalicious” musicians (Axel Evans) whose body contortions are very, Monty Pythonish.
Yet it’s the bucket loads of sauntering cowboy bartender swag (Sorry, I didn’t get his name and it’s not obvious in the programme) that’s got it all goin’ on. Va-va-voom. He is a natural and with that kind of charisma literally chews up the space around him. If he isn’t already, I hope he continues to perform. Wow!
The script is very funny and the movement and pace of the production has the most fantastically contagious energy. Hilarity ensues. And then without even a hint of being “played” it finishes or as my notes read, boomboom here comes the powerful ending!! And it is.
Respect to director Isobel Mackinnon for managing all those bodies on stage. That’s always a mission. And for something that has been in the making for the past five weeks – impressive.
There is a generosity to this production that I realised I hadn’t experienced in some time. The cast is genuinely having a good time and I like seeing that. I like being included in that. We could all benefit from the kind of heart that is Wake up Tomorrow.
Everybody Cool Lives Here presents
Wake Up Tomorrow
Where: Circa One
When: 21 February – 28 February
Tickets: $18 – $30
Book now online at www.circa.co.nz or call (04) 801 7992
WARNING: CONTAINS BAD MANNERS
Running timE: Approximately 1HR
About the Everybody Cool Lives Here Trust
Started by Rose Kirkup and Nic Lane in 2011, Everybody Cool Lives Here likes to play with fellow practitioners and community groups to create work that share New Zealand stories. It aims to present accessible work that will immerse audiences in theatrical magic; to challenge perceptions, encourage engagement and ultimately entertain.
Active was IDEA Service’s first youth vocational based for young 17-25 year olds with an intellectual disability to be supported to lead their personal transition into adult life. Active aims t encourage individuals to explore their personal aspirations, culture and self, as well as build partnerships with their peer group and wider community.