MANIAC on the Dance Floor is bringing glam, party and pop hits
to Wellington - alongside a poignant and empathetic real-life
journey. The Auckland-Wellington collaboration is an entirely
independently produced theatrical sensation for a burnt out
Fun, flamboyant, and fierce - a fresh take on mental
health representation in theatre.
Anna is definitely better. Here's a dance number or seven to
prove it. Natasha Lay's MANIAC on the Dance Floor is life in a
music video. Back-up dancers, banging tunes and bright lights are
all here for Anna (Daedae Tekoronga-Waka), who is here to tell us
how she made it through mental illness. An affecting and relatable
story based on Lay's lived experience with bipolar, MANIAC is also
a high-octane, lo-fi dance party. Lip-sync and vignettes combine to
track the highs and lows of the recovery rollercoaster.
Mental illness affects one in six New Zealanders. MANIAC
is a dance party for all of us and a celebration of the friends and
whānau who support us.
After a smash hit season at Auckland Fringe 2018 and making the
shortlist for Playmarket's Playwrights b4 25 competition, MANIAC on
the Dance Floor is coming to both Auckland and Wellington in Winter
And she's had a serious glow up.
A fresh production from queer NZ artists - with women of
colour at the front and centre.
MANIAC is a a sensational celebration of recovery and friendship
created entirely by marginalised voices. To be able to tour this
work is vital to its impact. And also Wellington is going to love
the party. In order to support the independent artists involved to
the best of our ability, we are crowdfunding for the basic touring
costs: Flights, accommodation, and a cheeky bit of marketing
support. This ground-level support ensures that any Box Office
success goes straight to those who put the mahi in to deliver the
MANIAC on the Dance Floor
AUCKLAND: 11 - 15 June at Basement Theatre
WELLINGTON: 9 - 13 July at BATS Theatre
Written by Natasha Lay / Dorected by Adam Rohe
Starring Daedae Tekoronga-Waka, Phillip Good & Adam Rohe
Design by Spencer Earwaker / Choreography by Marianne
Assistant Directed by Briar Collard / Produced by Eleanor
"The tongue-in-cheek presentation, utilising theatre and
music to its full extent, brings a layer to the discussion which is
suddenly accessible, playful and exciting." - Chye-Ling Huang,
Founder of Proudly Asian Theatre
* Shortlisted for Playmarket's Playwrights b4 25, 2018
* Selected for Creative New Zealand's Tautai Pacific Internship
(2019) - Daedae Teokoronga-Waka
* Outstanding Newcomer Award WINNER (Auckland Theatre Awards,
2018) - Choreographer Marianne Infante
* Most Promising Emerging Artist WINNER (NZ Fringe, 2018) -
Producer Eleanor Strathern
* The George Webby Most Promising Newcomer Award WINNER
(Wellington Theatre Awards, 2018) - Producer Eleanor Strathern
G LO W I N G R E V I E W
2 MONTHS AGO
Update: Yep, we're still fizzing from our Auckland season!
Stoked with this review from Theatre Scenes and looking forward to thoroughly charming Wellington too.
Not long now. xx