Sophie Lindsay

WEAVE - Yarns with New Zealanders

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The play

Who's your neighbour, your work colleague, the woman you see standing on the street late at night? What's their story?

A homegrown and completely original solo show written and performed by Kate McGill, Weave - Yarns with New Zealanders is verbatim theatre with real and uncensored stories from up to twenty men and women throughout New Zealand.

From a Wellington man re-evaluating life after a recent diagnosis, to the Christchurch young mum figuring it all out, they share their work experiences, their ups and downs, their life learnings.

Weave  brings these stories together to intrigue, delight, entertain and enlighten us on ultimately, who we are as New Zealanders.

Weave plays: 4 -15 April, Tuesdays - Saturdays, 6.30pm at the Basement Theatre in Auckland.

1 hour running time no interval.

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Our values

We're about people. We want to tell authentic New Zealand stories, with the starting point that all stories matter.

We're also about looking after our collaborators - paying our artists fairly. This is where we need your help.

The team

Actor: Kate McGill / Director: Alice Canton / Dramaturg: Anya Tate Manning / Producer: Sophie Lindsay / Lighting designer: Amber Molloy / Sound designer: Sam Clavis

After completing a thesis on verbatim style, Kate McGill was offered a three month internship at the prestigious New York Company, Tectonic Theater Project in 2010. McGill co-created and directed Munted, a highly-acclaimed show based on real experiences of the Christchurch Earthquakes. Munted toured both New Zealand and the United States. McGill also directed The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, a follow up of the highly acclaimed The Laramie Project.

In 2013 McGill performed her original verbatim piece Job about New Zealanders' vocations. McGill created and performed in the comedy Album Party, which successfully toured Wellington and Auckland last year. McGill's screen credits include performances in The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 2, Girl Vs Boy, and Gaylene Preston's 2010 film Home By Christmas starring Martin Henderson.

Theatre practitioner and Toi Whakaari graduate Alice Canton directs Weave. Canton's own full-length solo work, Orangutan, won the 2015 Auckland Theatre Awards Best Show by an Emerging Artist. Canton has performed and taught throughout New Zealand, Australia and Asia, working with theatre companies including Red Leap Theatre, Auckland Theatre Company and Barbarian Productions.

Reviews for verbatim work Munted:

"Dotted with humour and spirit… under the astute eye of director Katharine McGill" - The Dominion Post

"An immensely powerful work of theatre" - Theatreview

"Revealing, moving and funny" - Capital Times


  • Thank you


    Thank you to our generous donors for helping us reach our target. Your support for Weave and our team goes beyond the financial. It has encouraged us and strengthened our belief in our purpose.

    Any additional donations are welcome to further support our collaborators on this project who continue to fulfill their respective roles while the show is in season: performer, director, producer and technical operator.