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
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
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
"If music be the food of love, play on…"
More shows and the album!
11 MONTHS AGO
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
The Food of Love
13 MONTHS AGO
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!
25 MONTHS AGO
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!
25 MONTHS AGO
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