WHAT ARE WE DOING TO WELLINGTON?!
Mating in Captivity is an original NZ work by Oliver Page, which
first exploded on the stage of Basement Theatre to rave reviews and
aroused audiences. A queer comedy of errors, Mating in Captivity is
a screwball comedy for the millennial generation: Silly, sassy,
Wellington is the perfect place for us to remount this
progressive play with some of Auckland and Wellington's most
dedicated theatre makers. Cast and two crew are travelling down
from Auckland to liberate and titillate BATS audiences this
"A truly modern day romp … Mating in Captivity is a lively and fun
commentary on what it means to be in love in today's social
landscape" - Theatre Scenes
WHY DO WE NEED MONEY?
This show is going to put the XXX in exxxtra. Ronnie Livingstone
has designed a full apartment to be built on BATS Theatre's Heyday
Dome stage. We're talking walls, doors, bed, kitchenette, working
wall lights, and a payphone (!) outside the functioning ranch
A. Whole. Apartment.
This is an expense on top of touring costs, which we have accepted
will come out of our Box Office. Can you help us build it?
WHO EVEN ARE WE?
OLIVER PAGE (Playwright/Director)
Oliver was born in Oamaru in 1989. He staged his first play, an
adaptation of Star Wars, at the age of eight. It received positive
notices. A lifelong battle with OCD, depression and anxiety forced
Oliver to leave school at 16 and made university an impossibility.
Instead he focused on a passion for the arts, teaching himself how
to write and direct for the stage, film and television.
Oliver directed some big time plays in Auckland before
co-founding the indie film production outfit Candlelit
Pictures in 2011. Their first short film, We Talk About Loss,
screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival.
Candlelit's second, Runaways, screened internationally at AFI and
Montreal Film Festivals. Oliver is currently developing web content
for NZME's streaming platform WatchMe and a feature film with
Candlelit Pictures and the NZ Film Commission.
RONNIE LIVINGSTONE (Set & Lighting
Currently the Technical Manager of Basement Theatre, Ronnie
Livingstone has worked on over 100 theatre productions in Auckland
over the past 3 years across various venues. The majority of his
work has been based in BATS' sister theatre Basement, including
doing the set build on the first season of Mating in Captivity.
With experience in some of the most notable international festival
and Auckland venues, Ronnie is a boss in various technical roles
including sound, lighting, stage management, and set build - but
Ronnie's Wellington debut is well overdue.
CAST: MILO CAWTHORNE, FRITH HORAN & ARLO
These three cool cats are some of Auckland's most fresh and
profesh from both stage and screen. Wellington may remember Toi
graduate Frith from 2016's absolutely wild Better Best Album Party
That Anybody Has Ever Been Two and can catch both Milo Cawthorne
and Arlo Gibson in films this NZIFF.
Since his role as the Green Power Ranger in 2010 and running off
to LA for two years, Milo Cawthorne has re-visited 360 at The
Civic, toured nationwide with Wholehearted, had roles in NZ feature
films like Deathgasm and Mega Time Squad, and shot Daniel Radcliffe
in the forehead with a Nerf gun.
Frith Horan often writes her own theatre work including
wonderfully trashy pop-musical The Best Possible Album Party That
Anybody Has Ever Been To (2015/16), Callback: Behind Frenemy Lines
(2015), and this year's Cool Behaviour which had a sell-out season
at Q Theatre. No stranger to performing the work of other greats,
Frith has also starred in Shakespeare's The Tempest and Twelfth
Night, Sondheim's Into The Woods, and Oliver Page's Mating in
Arlo Gibson has many great credits and accomplishments under his
belt, but most impressively was a sell-out season of The Generation
of Z at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015. Nobody sells out at
Edinburgh. Recent theatrical credits include a development workshop
with Red Leap and The New Zealand Dance company, Cult Show directed
by Nisha Madden and Mammoth by Tallulah Holly Massey. Arlo also
features as Gaz in the Mega Time Squad and Erik in Sail Away, two
films currently premiering in the NZIFF.
ELEANOR STRATHERN - A MULLED WHINE
Eleanor is the positive and hard-working powerhouse behind A
Mulled Whine. Specialising in comedy that is "comforting and real
like your third wine on a tough Tuesday," Eleanor has produced
national comedy tours, theatre productions, cabaret, and short
films. Her efficiency and expertise has earned awards including
Most Promising Emerging Artist (NZ Fringe, 2018) and a twee
nomination for Best at Admin (NZ Comedy Festival, 2018). Eleanor
attributes her badass admin skills to her background in
co-ordinating events and support services for LGBTQIA+ youth
because (surprise, surprise!) she's also a little bit gay.
OLIVER DEVLIN (Sound Designer)
Oli Devlin is a Wellington music icon (we did not a-okay this
title with him). Most recently, Oli provided kick-ass live music
for Q Theatre's MATCHBOX 2018 season of Yorick!; a terrifying
soundscape and absolute banger of an intro for White Man Behind a
Desk's WMBADx: Idea Worth Spreading; and released a third album
with his band Hans Pucket. He has won Sound Designer of the Year at
the Wellington Theatre Awards two years running and Mating in
Captivity is #blessed for this match.
You can catch Mating in Captivity at BATS Theatre from 9th-18th
August right here.
Friends & Whanau
8 MONTHS AGO
Today we found a new home for our massive four panel ranch slider! Woo!! The walls and bracing from Flat 69 were gifted to Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre and a brand new community art space on the waterfront. The kitchenette is part of an ambitious renovation in Shannon. Our payphone is yet to find a fam.
We are really feeling the community spirit from Wellington whanau, both within and outside of the theatre community. Super grateful for all of our Boosted babes and everyone who helped us load in, load out and find stuff for this ambitious production on tour.
Just over ONE DAY to go on this baby. Can we make it there together? xx
All Packed Up!
8 MONTHS AGO
This bad boii took 4 days to build and just 6 hours to take apart. Our hearts feel strangely empty not that Mating in Captivity has wrapped and Flat 69 has moved out of BATS Theatre. Meanwhile, the hustle still continues to break even on this big project that was entirely self-financed!
Freak in the [Spread]Sheets
9 MONTHS AGO
We are doing the maths on all of these Bunnings trips... And boy, it is adding up! Thank you to all of our babein' Boosted donators for helping us with this big, scary pile o' receipts. xx
So Far, So, SO Good
9 MONTHS AGO
Love it when you nail the panorama function. nothing funny to see here!
Tech run last night was a lot of fun and we've made some INCREDIBLE progress on the set this morning too. We are touring on a tight budget, so we might just move the touring cast and crew in once we're all done. Shh! Don't tell BATS!