Nightsong envisage a future where we
continue to deliver unique and exciting shows to our audience. But,
now, we urgently need to raise $70K by mid-November so our company
can continue entertaining and engaging with the communities around
Aotearoa. If we don't, everyone will miss out on the
opportunity of experiencing Nightsong's magical and high-quality
Carl and I have been working
together since Carl had darker hair and I had more of it. Sixteen
years ago, we didn't see enough ambitious theatre shows in New
Zealand. We wanted to make work that tackled big themes, that was
innovative and pushed the boundaries of what was possible in
"Anyone who has met Ben Crowder or
experienced his work is left in no doubt of his most enduring
qualities; enthusiasm and optimism."
In 2019 our works are still inspired
by our curiosity about the world. Carl Bland writes rich
multi-layered stories, full of beauty, humour and pathos. We
believe theatre is a place of magic. A place that helps us
understand the world around us. A place where the audience and the
actors share a moment in time and experience together what it means
to be human. We have worked with ambitious ideas, collaborated with
great designers and technicians and sold out main stages like the
Civic stage in January 2014 with our show 360. We believe the work
we do matters.
After many years we finally moved to
annual funding from Creative New Zealand - only to be dropped 6
months after. With just three weeks to go before our latest
production Mr Red Light was due to open in Auckland, the CNZ news
came as a cruel body blow, especially as we'd barely finished
cleaning up the champagne corks after receiving the funding a few
months earlier. Carl and I had relished the security and support
this annual funding afforded, and for the first time in our rather
long artistic careers were able to have some regular
Five years of hard work had gone
into business planning, engaging with CNZ, building a resilient
organisation, a strong board and leasing a small office.
WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO WITH
Our big focus in 2020 and 2021 was
to present Mr Red Light in Wellington in March, and then to tour it
through a consortium of regional centres we've been working with
who believe in Nightsong's work. In fact, they'd like to see both
Mr Red Light, and a remount of Te Pō next year in their programme.
Two new works are also in development as well as a host of other
activities, basically we are trying to salvage as much of 2020/21
as we can.
We would appreciate your Boosted support. We've always been recognised as
risk-takers and boundary-pushers! And, with our deep love and
passion for theatre - and the lifeline of support from friends and
colleagues - we're committed to continuing to surprise and excite
audiences to what is possible theatrically. Nightsong needs as much
help as we can get.
If you're curious about the world,
share in our curiosity, support our campaign, see our shows and
please give generously so we can continue inspiring Aotearoa
through our shows.
Thank you for your
Ben Crowder, Carl Bland and the team
If you want to catch MR. RED
LIGHT, We Are Now On Tour!
An hilarious ride from wild
slapstick to the meaning of life...
Mr Red Light, the unluckiest man in
the world, and the world's worst bank robber, bursts through the
door. In a tense stand-off with the police he takes our three
strangers hostage. Mr Red Light is a trickster, a fool, a prophet.
As evening falls, he transforms the pie shop. Into a forest, an
ancient camp fire, a vast desert. He changes our hostages' lives.
Suddenly the pie shop is no longer a place for lost souls, it's a
place to find your soul.
Presented by Nightsong with
OAMARU - 11 Oct 2019 // Oamaru Opera
DUNEDIN - 15 - 16 Oct 2019 // Regent
- 19 Oct 2019 // Lake Wanaka Centre,
NELSON - 23 Oct 2019 // Theatre Royal,
- 25 Oct 2019 // ASB Theatre Marlborough,
- 29 Oct 2019 // Baycourt Addison Theatre,