‘Weave’ Delves Into Cultural Identity of Aotearoa at BATS

Press Release – Bats Theatre

Unique Verbatim Theatre Delves into the Cultural Identity of Aotearoa

Alacrity Productions presents Weave – Yarns with New Zealanders

Ever wanted to know what your neighbour’s story was, your boss, the woman standing by the street late at night?

The Wellington season of Weave sees solo performer Kate McGill present a verbatim theatre show, weaving together 20 true stories from New Zealanders across Aotearoa. Weave channels the transcribed words of a diverse range of everyday Kiwis, from the bubbly Manawatu nurse to the 4th generation NZer who experiences racial prejudice. Playing at BATS Theatre from Tuesday 28th of November to Saturday 2nd December, Weave promises an entertaining and thought-provoking investigation into what it means to be a New Zealander.

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 to BATS Theatre in Wellington and The Basement Theatre in 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.

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 Weave:

“McGill’s performance is both visually and emotionally stimulating. She morphs into each character with ease, drawing you into each person and inhabiting them fully. She leaves you pining and wanting to know more of each of their stories.” – Lauren Sanderson THEATRESCENES

“Kate McGill is a superb actor. She has created a one-person show of remarkable depth and downright skill which provokes thought and discussion and pride. She makes me proud to be a New Zealander and proud of theatre; of what it can achieve and what it can do to help change our world view.“ – Alistair Browning, THEATREVIEW

Weave plays:

28th November – 2nd December, Tuesday – Saturday, 8pm, 1 hour running time no interval

BATS Theatre – 1 Kent Tce

Tickets $14-20

Buy online at www.bats.co.nz

For more information go to: https://bats.co.nz/whats-on/weave/
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