Written and performed by Arthur Meek
Music composed and performed by Eva Prowse
Slide images created by Sharon Murdoch and Emily Thomas
Directed by Nicholas Bone
"this marvellous production, directed with panache, looks ahead towards the allure of contemporary technologies, and in doing so suggests that a sanitised, self-centred colonial culture of nostalgia and erasure is as evident now as it was in the 1800s." The Pantograph Punch
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 adaptation blends the novel's original Victorian setting with the 21st century in a performance that combines a magic lantern talk with live iPhone streaming.
Erewhon Revisited premiered at the Christchurch Arts Festival in September 2017 in a co-production between the festival and Magnetic North.
Arthur Meek 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. The residency and commission was supported by Playmarket New Zealand, Playwrights' Studio Scotland and Creative New Zealand, with additional support from the Traverse.
Arthur 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.
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