Last Tapes Theatre Company


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Last Tapes' critically-acclaimed, original work Valerie has been seen at festivals around the country, and now it has been invited to make the jump to the biggest arts festival in the world - Edinburgh Fringe.

This is a huge opportunity for our very personal, unique work to be seen on a global scale. We're proud to have been programmed in Edinburgh alongside a handful of incredible NZ companies receiving support from Creative New Zealand to make the trip.

But we need your help. In order to get us over there, present this show, and pay our team of incredible people for their work, we need to raise over $40,000. So we're asking for support from those that believe in us, believe in the work, or just believe in NZ theatre being seen on the international stage.

Last Tapes are four passionate individuals who have been working their butts off for six years now, making theatre that gives a shit about the world around us. We've done national tours to schools and corrections facilities, developed new writers and actors, worked with social justice activists, climate change warriors, and a whole bunch of NZ's finest artists. We've told essential NZ stories (Fallout: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, Verbatim, Pike River [in development]), made new stories of our own, and provided a platform for other voices to be heard and seen (Signs: a Deaf script writing workshop, 2016's 'First Steps' New Writers Season). 

So taking our work to Edinburgh is a big deal. Not just because it's a work that deals with mental health issues (which are a big deal), but because Edinburgh Fringe is a BIG deal. It's the largest performing arts festival in the world. It has launched international careers (Tim Minchin, Rhys Darby, Flight of the Conchords), and provided a platform for countless artists to establish themselves internationally. We believe we're ready to be seen on the international stage. We have some big plans for the future and we need your help to get there.

Thank you so much for your support.


Last Tapes

"as close to a perfect piece of theatre as I could think of ... so violently to my taste that I wanted to keep it close to me forever" (Sam Brooks, Pantograph Punch)

"... a beacon and lesson for our future. A challenging, innovative and beautiful piece of work." (Theatre Scenes)

"Beautifully polished, striking, recommended" (NZ Herald)

"Pulverising, heart-stopping." (Theatreview) 

Other Projects by Last Tapes Theatre Company

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Last Tapes Theatre Company

Our regional tour will see Verbatim performed in New Zealand prisons, schools, and regional theatres. These are real stories, told in the words of those who lived them.