by Arthur Meek, based on a book by Samuel Butler - premiering at Christchurch Arts Festival 2017
Erewhon Revisited is a new play by New Zealand playwright Arthur Meek, based on Samuel Butler’s 1872 utopian satire. Originally published anonymously, the novel's first-person narrative of travels in far-off lands is in the same tradition as Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels and draws on Butler's experiences as a sheep farmer near Canterbury in New Zealand in the 1860s. Arthur's starting point is the illustrated talk that Butler’s narrator describes giving after his escape from the land of Erewhon, reporting back to Victorian society on his experience among the Erewhonians. The experience of distance from New Zealand, and the mix of familiarity and difference that is a New Zealander’s experience of living in Scotland, have informed the writing and development of the piece.
Arthur spent three months as writer-in-residence with Magnetic North in 2016 while working on Erewhon Revisited. During the residency, Arthur spent time at Rough Mix developing initial ideas, followed by writing time at Cove Park. The residency ended with two weeks development work with artistic director Nicholas Bone culminating in a public work-in-progress sharing at the Traverse.
Erewhon Revisited will premiere at the Christchurch Arts Festival in September 2017 in a co-production between the festival and Magnetic North.
Arthur Meek is an award-winning New Zealand writer for stage and screen. His two published plays, The Trees Beneath the Lake and On the Upside Down of the World were both commissioned by the Auckland Theatre Company. His work has been performed in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the US. His 'Powerpoint' play On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover has been performed at La Mama, New York and Summerhall, Edinburgh.
A new music-theatre show for 12-16 year olds by Kim Moore & Nicholas Bone
Lost in Music is a new piece of music-theatre for families and young audiences being created by composer Kim Moore and director Nicholas Bone. It is being developed in collaboration with Imaginate and Platform with support from Creative Scotland and PRS For Music Foundation. Using the myth of Orpheus as its spine, it will be built around interviews with children and adults about what music means to them.
Lost in Music will explore the power of music and its connection to the individual. Music is an incredibly strong part of how we see ourselves and how we relate to the wider world; the music we discover in our adolescence often stays with us for the rest of our lives. From about the age of 11, we start to develop our own taste in music, forming strong attachments to certain styles or particular pieces which are often closely tied up with a burgeoning sense of individual identity. The libretto will be created using material drawn from interviews with young people between the ages of 11 and 16 about the importance of music in their lives. Using the approach of verbatim theatre, the libretto will weave together this material with the story of Orpheus – a primal myth of the power of music.
by Lynda Radley
Why would an adopted child reject or push away a 'new' family that only wants to love her? Attachment theory attempts to explain how inadequately nurtured children can react unexpectedly in certain situations. Lynda Radley's new play - first developed at Rough Mix in 2012 - uses puppetry and object manipulation to explore what happens when a child feels she doesn't belong in either her new family or her original one. Caitlin Jo's story is told from her point of view and explores vividly her struggle to adapt to a world she finds confusing and difficult.
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