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On Sunday April 3rd, PLAY ON took the stage for a one-off show at Auckland's Pop-up Globe Theatre. The sold-out show was nothing short of magical, and presented 14 of Shakespeare's most well-loved soliloquies as songs, with a world-class local cast for the first time ever.

Now we need your donation to keep the magic alive and assist Paul, the cast and band to create a studio album.

On the night, Paul McLaney enlisted the help of high profile actors and musicians including Maisey Rika, Julia Deans, Esther Stephens, Laughton Kora, Cameron Rhodes, Mara TK, Richie Pickard (double bass), Andrew Keegan (drums), Jessica Hindin (violin), Mahuia Bridgeman-Cooper (violin), Rachel Wells (cello). The cast and band will be the same for the album.

"My ambition in setting these speeches to music is to make them accessible to an audience who might ordinarily think Shakespeare is not for them and to perhaps illuminate other aspects to those who cherish them already. Music is such a powerful midwife to thought and my hope is that by performing Shakespeare's great moments in this context we might foster new understanding". - Paul McLaney

Achieving our target will enable us to professionally record all 14 original songs from PLAY ON and create an album. If we surpass our goal all additional funds raised will be used to start the creation of an accompanying educational tool to promote Shakespeare in schools.

Listen to the background documentary on Radio NZ 

NZ income earners qualify for a 33% tax credit on their donations from the IRD. The receipt is automatically provided by Boosted and The Arts Foundation as they are a registered charity. 


"If music be the food of love, play on…"



  • More shows and the album!



    The Play On album is out August 4 (vinyl & digital) and can be pre-ordered here: 

    And we are EXCITED to be taking an improved Play On show to Arts Festivals across NZ including two shows at the Auckland Live International Cabaret Festival Season, The Christchurch Arts Festival and The Taranaki Arts Festival.

    All show info is here: http://www.loop.co.nz/shows/upcoming

    There are already two stunning singles out from the album:

    The Sound & The Fury ft. Mara TK

    Come Away Death ft. Paul McLaney

    Cheers Mikee and Paul

    More shows and the album!
  • The Food of Love


    Hello and thanks for your patience

    It’s been a while but we have great news a plenty!

    After a mammoth effort recording and mixing the final masters for the 'Play On’ album, we are signed off! The release date is earmarked for early August and we have a few singles to drop in the build up!

    In the other good news we are set to announce five 'Play On' shows across both islands reuniting the cast with some new special guests.

    We look forward to sharing the fruits of our labours lost!

    Thanks again for your support.

    Paul and Mikee

  • Amazing and thanks!


    Thank you so much for all of your support on this one. We know we made some magic that night and we can't wait to manifest some more for you all. Heartfelt thanks to all of you beautiful people. Xxx Paul, Mikee and the 'Play On' Company :-) 

  • 4 Days left and some cool videos!


    Hello all

    So we have 4 days left and 49% to go. A steep hill to climb but we can get there with your help! Spread the word and help these amazing musicians record the magic in the studio! 

    -Watch live performance featuring three songs from Esther Stephens, Mara TK & Maisey Rika at