Teams have 24 hours, a line, a character and a theme - the rest
of the night is up to them. The only thing we need to make this
crazy festival happen is your support.
At the moment, we're self-funding the project out of the love of
it. It's not a big budget event, but as collaboration and access
are the drivers behind the project, we've made One Night Stand free
for artists to enter. Your donation will allow us to meet our costs
and complete the circle to pass the gift on to artists.
WHY A 24 HOUR PLAY FESTIVAL
We want artists to create
One Night Stand is a 24 hour play festival which provides an
opportunity for emerging artists to get together, get buzzing and
get on the stage. It's a low commitment, fun and easy way for
people to tread the boards at The Basement Theatre.
Most of us have some kind of work we do to make ends meet and
often we don't have the time (or we think we don't) to create.
The idea behind One Night Stand is to get people involved
in a low commitment way and encourage them to keep
creating and, most importantly, making time to create.
There can be so many obstacles to creating, and time commitment is
a huge one - One Night Stand takes this away, demanding only 24
hours of artists' time. Whether the final project is a hot mess or
pure magic that's the beginning of something great, it's all about
jump-starting the creative process and getting artists working
We want playwrights to write
Auckland is full of talented writers, some established, some
emerging, and others yet to be discovered. Regardless of
experience, One Night Stand provides playwrights a space to
try out fresh and bold ideas on a receptive stage. Who
knows - the next amazing piece of NZ theatre produced by Auckland
Theatre Company or Silo Theatre might have all started with an idea
sparked at 2am during a 24-hour race of writing, rehearsing and
We want to keep building our community
The Basement Theatre is awesome. We love the community that has
grown in, out of and around it and we want to nurture and work with
that. One Night Stand allows people to collaborate and network with
other practitioners and get amongst an awesome community, all while
having a great time and creating some quality theatre. In essence,
we want to continue to spark ideas amongst emerging talent
at The Basement, to create opportunity for collaboration, and have
a whole lot of fun.
For the public, One Night Stand is a fresh new way to experience
theatre, with the rush of surprise and the expected unexpected.
While traditional theatre will always have appeal, we hope that
introducing a new, complementary format for performance will make
even more people fall in love with the performing arts and The
WHO WE ARE
We are Tom Simcock, Jonathan Lewis and Delia Cormack. We're
moonlighting theatre producers - lawyers by day, scheming and
creating our next theatrical projects by night. Jonny and Tom
directed and produced the Auckland Law School Revue, while
Delia has produced theatre throughout university and since
including Velcro City for Eli Matthewson and Hamish
Parkinson at The Basement, has worked with Last Tapes Theatre
Company on their national tour of Verbatim around schools
and corrections facilities, and co-choreographed the Auckland
Professionals' Revue for Carbolic Productions. Our experiences
of leading double lives are what made us want to create One Night
Stand - we love getting involved in creative projects and love
seeing others do so too.
HOW ONE NIGHT STAND WORKS
1. Teams register in crews of up to 6 people.
2. Teams are allocated a round to perform on the 5th, 6th, or
7th of March. Five teams compete in each round.
3. At the start of each round, teams attend a briefing session
at The Basement where they are given a common line and character,
and a random theme. Themes might be specific, broad, or downright
ridiculous. Teams will literally be picking this out of a hat on
the briefing night.
4. Teams prepare their scripts, and email it to the organizers
by 9:00am on their performance day. Rehearsals start!
5. Teams have a brief tech rehearsal at The Basement Theatre
that afternoon to walk through basic staging and lighting.
6. At 7pm teams perform their plays at The Basement with the
other teams in their round and the madness ensues!
WITH YOUR SUPPORT
With your support we'll be able to make One Night Stand a
success. You'll be helping us support a range of
artists, actors, writers, directors and designers,
recognised, emerging, discovered and in between by
providing them with a space to be bold and
We'd love to make One Night Stand an annual event and all our
proceeds from the festival will go to covering costs and making an
awesome event next year.
If you think what we're doing is a cool idea then please, help
us make it happen! Many thanks in advance.
One Night Stand plays
5 - 7 March 2015 @ 7pm
The Basement Theatre, Auckland
Tickets $15 - Book now iTicket.co.nz | 0508 484 253