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STIRRING NEW PLAY ON CLIMATE CHANGE MAKES NZ DEBUT
Passion Productions & Auckland Live present Between Two Waves
A romantic comedy about juggling love with impending climate change disaster is likely to cause a stir when the play makes its New Zealand debut at the Herald Theatre in August.
Between Two Waves is an urgent and searching new play about arguably the most pressing issue of our time, written by Australian playwright and actor Ian Meadows. It debuted in 2012 at Sydney’s Griffin Theatre to rave reviews and captivated audiences.
Auckland Live and Passion Productions will now premiere Between Two Waves live at the Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre from August 4th – 15th, with Almighty Johnsons actor Emmett Skilton coming back from Los Angeles to star in the play, alongside Go Girls actress Shara Connolly.
The play centres around Daniel – a climatologist and advisor to the Government – who having lost a lifetime of research in the worst floods New Zealand has witnessed, isn’t in the mood for appreciating the irony of what he should have predicted. Paralysed by the knowledge that the world is consuming itself, Daniel takes little joy in planning for his future – somewhat of a problem for his spirited other half, Fiona. When Fiona tells Daniel they’re about to start a family, Daniel must choose between what he knows and what he loves. Between Two Waves asks an anxious, warming world: how do we find happiness in the face of an uncertain future?
This production will be directed by acclaimed actor and director Peter Feeney, who is excited to be directing a play that boldly explores such a controversial topic.
“This play is a love story, a psychological study and a political expose. It’s highly pertinent with sizzling dialogue,” Feeney says.
“It’s rare outside of Shakespeare to find the personal and the political so adroitly combined. It’s a project I had to be part of from the moment I first read the play.” Feeney also plays the role of Daniel’s boss in the play.
Produced by Leanne Frisbie, the director of ethical Auckland PR agency Passion PR, the New Zealand production will be set here thanks to re-writes by the playwright. Frisbie, who plays the role of an overstressed insurance adjustor in the play, saw Between Two Waves at its premiere in Sydney and was so moved by it she approached Meadows to get the rights for a New Zealand production.
“It was one of those life-defining moments when I saw this play. I just knew it had to come to NZ – it carries such a powerful message about climate change and yet it’s not preachy,” Frisbie says.
The NZ production is being sponsored by fitness experts Les Mills, a brand that is passionate about reducing environmental impacts. “We would not be able to bring this production to life without the help of our major sponsor Les Mills, and I am hugely grateful to Phillip Mills and the team for their assistance,” says Frisbie.
A highly-experienced crew including set designer Jessika Verryt and lighting designer and production manager Nik Januerik will bring their expertise to the Auckland season of Between Two Waves, which will use special effects with water to create the climate change disaster back drop.
For more information on the Between Two Waves visit www.aucklandlive.co.nz.
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Between Two Waves plays:
Tuesday 4 to Saturday 15 August, (Tues – Thurs 7.30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, and matinee performance Saturday 8 August, 2pm) at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre.
Tickets*: Adult $35.00 Concession $30.00 Groups 4+ $30.00 Preview or matinee performances $25.00