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Theatre hit Live At Six returns to NZ stages this year for a six-city tour and we need your help!  

"Damn clever and wonderfully ambitious." - Capital Times

"A fascinating piece of theatre not to be missed." - The Dominion Post

The Show

Live At Six is a newsroom thriller that explores the intense rivalry between TV ONE and TV 3 in a creative and highly engaging theatre experience. When a YouTube video of a news anchor caught in a suspicious act spreads online, both newsrooms must edit the footage, live on stage, to suit their agenda.

Having been re-developed after its sell-out 2009 STAB season, Live At Six now embarks on a major national tour. Scandal, manipulation, and real time pressure are brought to life once more, using the latest in modern media technology.

Each performance begins as the 'incident' occurs in the foyer pre-show, captured by security cameras. Audience members can also use their smart phones to shoot the action and upload to the show crew. Interviews conducted with willing audience members in the interval add to both the story and the challenge for the editors.

At the end of the show, the audience sees both versions of the broadcast story, built with that night's footage. Does either version match the 'reality' they witnessed two hours earlier - and more importantly, whose will they tune in to?

TARANAKI - 15-17 August

CHRISTCHURCH - 29-31 August

WELLINGTON - 6-21 September

NELSON - 24-25 October

TAURANGA - 30-31 October

AUCKLAND - 12-16 November

We estimate the show to be seen by over 7,000 people across New Zealand during its tour.

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How can YOU help?

The production is on its way around New Zealand this year, having secured a six-city tour to many of the regional Festivals (Taranaki, Christchurch, Nelson, Tauranga), plus seasons in Wellington and finally Auckland - TV news' home! We have secured major funding from Creative New Zealand and have support from the festivals, Downstage and The Edge, but we still need a bit more capital for us to break even.

This show has a team of 19 (9 cast, 10 designers/crew) and needs a plethora of technology equipment to make it come alive. Any donation will help us on our way, but here is an idea of some of the costs we currently face and what your investment could help us with:

$8 to hire our Apple computer screens each night

$31 to hire our Apple Mac Towers each night

$55 to hire the two 150" 3:4 projector screens each night

$125 to hire the two short throw projectors each night

$200 for one of the four cameras that are used in the show

$500 for our 80 metres of cable

We welcome any contribution - and did you know you can claim your tax back on your donation? BOOSTED is recognized as a charitable organization!



  • Auckland love us!


    To our beloved L@6 community - 

    Guess what. Auckland officially LOVES the show!!! The reviews keep flooding in, as do the gushy #liveatsix tweets, and most importantly our ticket sales are going through the roof (we've had to add more seats for tonight's performance). Here are some highlights:

    "it is turning out to be one of the most amazing things I have ever seen."

    "so good I just bought tickets to go see it again on Friday"

    "you will not watch the news with the same confidence ever again"

    and here is ol' Timmy Spite on the telly: TV3 newspiece

    I'm incredibly proud of the show, as I hope you are too. Remember, we are here til Saturday, so please keep spreading the word to your Auckland friends and whanau and fingers crossed we sell out the whole season!

    From one very happy wahine,

    Adrianne (Producer, Show Pony)

    Auckland love us!
  • Time for the swan song! - closing season in AK next week


    To our beloved Live at Six advocates! 

    After over 15 months preparation, next week we finally complete the national tour of one of the biggest NZ theatre shows this year. This 12-16 November will be our swansong season, and how appropriate that it will be in Auckland - the home of TV news!

    Please let your Auckland chums (and media contacts!) know we'll be coming - tickets start from only $20. Here is where you will find the booking link: 


    And just to let you know that Nelson and Tauranga LOVED the show. Highlights from reviews include: 

    "portrays life in the newsroom - equal parts excitement and farce (with a little bit of tragedy thrown in) - to perfection"

    "The Nelson Arts Festival has produced a plethora of outstanding performances. Live at Six certainly ranks among the best"


    So thank you! Once again for your generous support. We hope to make you all proud as we close the curtains next Saturday.



    Adrianne Roberts - Producer, Show Pony

    Time for the swan song! - closing season in AK next week


    We are on the home run with our Boosted Campaign and have been humbled by the 40+ donations we have received so far! To celebrate, here is a little treat from this morning's telly!

  • The last show at Downstage


    We are now officially at the halfway mark of the tour, having performed in Taranaki, Christchurch and Wellington! Our Downstage season was somewhat bittersweet as Live at Six became the last show performed under the Downstage name, for now. Ironically TV3 and TVONE were there to film the demise of the theatre.

    Here is the news piece from 3 News, which includes some great little snippets of our wee show too.



    The last show at Downstage

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