NYT Past Performances
SHOTS FIRED - Script to Stage 2017
TE WAIORA - SUMMER SHOW 2017
MALL DREAMS - Winter Show 2016
THE EMPTY CITY - Summer Show 2014
‘The dirt, the joy, the rust, the car parks, the late fast food runs, the graffiti, the shadow of Parihaka and the sweep of the Hatea.’
Northland Youth Theatre is in the midst of creating its next innovative summer spectacular, this time at the old Recycling Centre at Pohe Island.
The 2014 company are applying their prodigious talents to an investigation of how our local community lives, and how it could be. The band of young theatre makers have been walking the streets, going to schools, talking to grandparents, and hanging at the library, in order to explore Whangarei from as many angles as possible.
Following the last two highly celebrated summer events, ‘Quarry’ and ‘Odyssey’ (which has since had successful seasons at The Auckland Performing Arts Centre and Aotea Square), this year’s show promises to be full of their inventive and unique theatrical energy. ‘Empty City’, directed by Laurel Devenie and Katy Maudlin, will breathe life into the old Recycling Centre on Pohe Island. It sees a cast of 26 young actors creating a story about their own community, while at the same time integrating the medieval story of the Pied Piper, a tale about a city which lost its children.
‘It’s a story about taking things for granted, making promises, investing in our future and examining what we truly value as individuals and as a community.’ says Devenie, ‘We’ve been really enjoying examining how children engage with our city spaces as well as the retelling of some of the specific memories and stories the cast have been uncovering about places we all know so well. Bank st, Hatea, Parihaka, the Pak’ n Save carpark - they each have highly specific connotations for all of us.’
‘The story will lead you through your own streets, as they are now and as they have been, and weave a tale of a city that has broken a promise,’ says Maudlin. ’There will be singing, swinging, sketching, playing and scribbling, a city swarming with rats and a stranger who comes to town.’
The use of the former recycling centre has been facilitated through Whangarei's Space Use and Emergent Enterprise (suee) initiative, with Bike Northland granting the use of the premises, teaming up with NYT to prepare the venue for performance rehearsals throughout January, leading up to the show.
‘It’s exciting to be bringing groups together, to see the space being activated, and to offer the people of Whangarei the chance to gain a new experience of a place that for such a long time has been an integral part of our lives. The place holds many memories, and significance, for our community and allowing these types of spaces to be used in innovative ways is great for our city,’ says suee representative and designer of the show, Ash Holwell.
This will see NYT continuing to activate unique local spaces and engaging Northland’s young people as theatre-makers and audience members. They create theatre that is specific to our place. A crafted and fragile expression of what it is to be a young person of Whangarei in our time.
‘NYT has a rich history and diverse list of alumni scattered throughout the theatre industry in New Zealand. The productions created over the summer holidays with hundreds of teenagers over the years has been an integral part of NYT’s strength. We are delighted that this tradition is rebuilding and has found so much support from the community and Creative New Zealand,’ says Peter Larsen, Artistic Director of the company.
Crew: Ash Holwell, Peter Larsen, Juliet Esveld, Dallas Rees, Stacey Henderson, Maeve Adair, Stan Hallett-Pullen, Tim Bell, Hannah Mitchell, Trent Morgan, Gareth Mauchline.
Cast: Anthony Crum, Austyn Mills, Carlos Wirihana, Christopher King, Cinta Damerell, Dean Atkins, Ebony Fairclough, Hannah Gwillim, Kipling Davies-Colley, Mataara Stokes, Nicola Brown, Sandi Williamson, Stacey Henderson, Storm Studdart, Summer Millett, Thomas Gowing, Tim Atkins, Tomasin Fisher-Johnson, JT Taylor, Merc Rihari, Indigo Cody-Paul, Zelde Morrison-Smith, Cajun Morrison-Smith, Florence Morrison-Smith, Genghis Gardes, William Burns.
THE ODYSSEY - 2013
NYT’s trademark menagerie of youth, joy, surprise and carnival to provide a unique evening of excitement and intrigue.It’s a story about getting stuck, trying to get home, looking for your parents and meeting your destiny. It's packed with seductive sirens, many faced beasts, one eyed monsters, capricious gods, shipwrecks, prophecies, battles, muses, feasting, bicycles and BBQs. It’s going to be an Odyssey.
CAKE - 2013
Turn around, touch the ground, bags not it!
Genevieve is turning eleven. Genevieve is having a party. There is also a donkey at this party (played by Anthony Crum from NYT’s Senior company; Thinning, Quarry, and Odyssey) who leads us through the complex world of Genevieve's special day - through a landscape of games and gifts - exploring transformation and solitude, friendship and family, and the multitude of often unnoticed, tiny acts of
courage and connection that make us who we are.
In a world of transforming boxes, populated by loved and threadbare soft toys, strange and surprising friends, amidst the shredded paper and explosion of teddies, a party for all time will occur.
We know there'll be treasure hunts and games with claps. Little brothers will destroy, and big sisters will annoy. Tantrums, toothaches, songs and farewells. You'll hear secrets, pop balloons, pass the parcel, help choose the perfect gift, and tell everyone your birthday party was better.
The NYT 2013 Junior show is a raucously exquisite celebration of achieving age, eating what you like because you can, playing games like life, living life like a game, and making friends who didn't exist until the game started.
Devised with a magnificent cast of 17 young, local theatre makers (aged 8 -20), led by Katy Maudlin & accompanied by the enchanting musical stylings of Tomasin Fisher-Johnson, Cake is voiced and expressed by the unique talents of our local youth, a vibrant explosion of their existence, and it's entanglement with the lives of everyone.
Come along, blow out the candles, make as many wishes if you like, and see the the children putting the tail on the donkey, and the donkey tailing the children!
Cast: Tove Petersson, Samara Mase, Meg & Zoe Robinson, Lily Hallett- Pullen, Jasmine Fisher-Johnson, Cajun, Florence & Zelde Morrison-Smith, Genghis & Romane Gardes, Brodie & Lochie McIntyre, Benjamin Nagel, Arnika Wickham, Anna Mason & Anthony Crum. With music by Tomasin Fisher-Johnson.
THE QUARRY - 2012
THE MISADVENTURES OF THE URCHIN THEATRE - 2012
The Misadventures of the Urchin Theatre
Directed by Katy Maudlin.
Born from the the dust of a near future dystopia, comes a rag-tag theatre troupe of teenage renegades bound for misadventure.
Enter the underground world of the Urchin Theatre, a world bursting with secrets, a world full of danger and delight, a world unlike any you've ever encountered before.
Come and runaway with Northland Youth Theatre's Senior Company for a savage evening of mayhem, music, lion taming, dance, magic and murder!
THE BLUE AIRPLANE - 2012
From: David Stevens
Subject: Letter to the Editor - The Blue Airplane - NYT
Date: 6 December 2012 10:37:25 AM NZDT
THE BLUE AIRPLANE:
The Northland Youth Theatre has another small triumph on its hands with "The Blue Airplane" being presented at the WGHS. It is a piece of extraordinarily inventive theatre.
The plot, such as it is, is simple. An aeroplane loses faith in its ability to fly ("metal can't fly!") and what we watch as its faith in itself and its ability is restored. It's a metaphor, of course. The aeroplane represents any child, any young person, any one, whose dreams of life are shattered by cynical reality and I found it completely involving - and completely charming.
I take my hat off to the playwright, Ben Anderson, who has attempted something really quite difficult to do and has succeeded admirably. If his message is simple, it is important and most engagingly presented.
I also take my hat off to the director, Robert Pollock, for his marvellous staging. There are moments of great theatrical effect, achieved with minimal staging. I shall not soon forget the fly trapped in a startling (and totally believable) web before our eyes, and the terrified look on the fly's face as it realises its fatal predicament.
The evening is filled with magic moments like this - the sky itself makes an appearance - and all credit must go to to the young cast who have embraced the play and the staging wholeheartedly, and all of whom acquit themselves admirably.
I also take my hat off to the audience. I think I'm pretty smart at working out a play's intentions, but many in the audience (including several young children) were way ahead of me. And, while I'm throwing out plaudits, I have to congratulate Peter Larsen, the NYT's Artistic Director, who recognised the merit of the play, which can't have been easy on a cold reading.
Those expecting an old fashioned, naturalistic drama should stay away, this is not for you. But anyone who wants to see energy, imagination and inventiveness should be sure to see this this. I hope the play gets a much wider exposure.
It makes us care about an imaginary aeroplane which represents all of our dreams - and self-esteem - in a sometimes cruel and unforgiving world.
Come see the absurd and exquisite world première season of Ben Anderson's 'The Blue Airplane'.
Written for the 'man who thought he was ugly, 'The Blue Airplane' is a whimsical and moving theatre that celebrates the unique qualities in us all.
When an Airplane suffers chronic self doubt it plummets from the sky. It is up to one of the passengers, 'Man', to reawaken Airplane's self belief before they all perish in a spectacular crash.
It's a powerful and fantastic story populated with talking vases, gigantic spiders, terrorist fruits, sniffer dogs and even the sky itself.
Join the twenty two members of the Northland Youth Theatre Junior Company for an hour of beauty and magic that you and your family will never forget.