Khandallah Arts Theatre Inc.


Coming up

Of Mice and Men November 12 to November 21, Cochran Hall
book here.

Coming Events

Short, Sharp & Specific: a Theatre Skills programme for ages 10 to 14.

There are still places available for the next 5 sessions in this programme. To enrol: ring/text Mary NOW on 022 083 5499

What: Using stage space to show characters’ relationships; surviving an audition; finding your character in the text; using your voice effectively; acting characters that are not like you.
When: 12:00 to 1:30 on Aug 30; 1:30 to 3:00 on Sept 6, 13, 20 and 27
Where: Cochran Hall, 106 Cashmere Ave, Khandallah
Fee: $15
Tutors: Thomas Barker with Harrison Nicol, Shannon Tubman, Harriette Barker, Jillian Carpenter, Lynn Coory
Note: We are not able to go ahead with the performances that we had originally intended would follow this series of workshops but there will be opportunities in the first half of next year for all the participants to perform in one of our main productions or one of our rehearsed readings.

Wellington-wide 24-hour Play Challenge

The KAT committee is calling for a team or teams to represent us at the Wellington District Theatre Federation's 24-hour Play Challenge.
From 5pm on Friday 25th September, when they are given the ground rules, until 5pm on the Saturday, teams of 4 to 6 people will devise a play that is between 4 and 10 minutes long and includes a few compulsory props and lines of dialogue. All the entries will be performed that evening at the Gryphon, with various awards being given out at the end of the evening.

This challenge is open to all ages, with a youth section for teams in which all the members are under 18. Each team must be endorsed by a WDTF member (which KAT is, of course), but you don’t all have to be a member of the club, so long as one of you is.

The organisers hope to receive all entries by Friday September 4th, but may take late entries, if there is room, until September 18th.

Ring/text Jillian on 021 630 330 to find out more or be teamed up with other challenge enthusiasts.

Find the Challenge Rules here

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck, directed by Tanya Piejus

November 12th to 21st (7 performances)
Bookings open on October 1st

Tanya's vision for our production of this classic story is to focus on its timeless themes of friendship, loneliness and unfulfilled dreams, without being too particular about the era in which it is set.

The era in which Steinbeck wrote it was the 1930s Depression, but the experiences he based it on were those he had had as a teenager in the 1910s. He wrote the story in two mediums and both were made public in 1937, when the novel was published and the play was performed on Broadway.

Since then it has been performed regularly, not just as a stage play but also as an opera, film, musical theatre and radio play, and it has been described as "true great literature [in which] the pain of Life is transmuted into the beauty of Art." (Thomas Scarseth in "Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints" 1993).

Of Mice and Men is not without its controversies. In times gone by it has been accused of "promoting euthanasia", "condoning racial slurs", being "anti-business", containing profanity, and generally containing "vulgar" and "offensive language".

How do we, in 21st century New Zealand, respond to these characters and their story? Come to Cochran Hall this November and decide for yourself.

Full 2020 programme

February 22-1 March: Summer Play: Mean Jean the Pirate Queen by Michelanne Forster
March 27: AGM (cancelled because of Covid-19 restrictions)
April 23: poetry readings (via Zoom)
May 20: rehearsed reading - Domestic Bliss by Christina Starchurski (via Zoom)
June 17: rehearsed reading - Peter and Alice by John Logan
July 22: youth performances
August 14: rehearsed readings of two short plays - one thought-provoking, the other a farce: directed by David Cox
August 22 & 23: Auditions: Of Mice and Men
September 25 & 26: two stimulating speakers: Paula van Beek and Alex Robertson
November 12 to 21: Of Mice and Men
November 22: members' and friends' end-of-year BBQ


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