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Call It A Night

Call It A Night

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  • Sat 15 Aug, 7:00pm – 7:30pm


Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Call it a Night by Carl Bland

An actor is alone on stage. The play explores the failing relationship between the actor and a live audience. Like old lovers they seem to have grown apart. Can they rediscover what made them first fall in love?

Genre: The genre is theatre of course with live music and a song. Thoughtful, funny and sad.

Call it a Night is the second Play of the brand new Theatre Live Online initiative, a new collision between live Theatre and the Online world. And we need your support. Please visit our Boosted Campaign.

How does it work?
3 Theatre Companies are challenged to make a 'new work' for both live and online performance. 3 Playwrights commissioned to write the new Plays in two weeks. 3 Venues host the live Performances. 3 Directors each with 3 Actors will rehearse and mount the new work in two weeks.

Boosted LIVE will stream the live performance as it happens. No cuts, No post, No safety net, in front of live audience in the Theatre. Audiences will be able to participate live at The Herald Theatre or live-Online as it is streamed.

The challenge
Theatre is, by nature, an event. It is an art-from shared at a specific time and place. It is unique in each performance and shared by an assembled audience. The challenge here is to create new works that are genuinely ‘theatrical’ and genuinely ‘live’ that will also be totally engaging to watch live and Online. Can it be done?

The Provocation
We are living in, arguably the most challenging times for generations. We are experiencing a pandemic, our environment is threatened, we are witnessing fascism, racism, corruption, inequality, we are feeling social changes, everything is being challenged. So aside from all these trifles… what actually matters to you? The provocation each play will explore in their own unique way is simply. What really matters?

The limitations
“The enemy of Art is the absence of limitations.” -Orson Welles
The Playwrights have only two weeks to write an original new work.
The Playwrights write for 3 actors.
The Directors and Actors have two weeks to learn, rehearse and mount the Play.
The performance must be live in a Theatre with an audience.
The performance must be live online.
No cutting, no editing or post production.
There will be no pre-recored imagery used unless intergrated into the live performance.
The camera must be used as a Theatrical device.
The Plays must be between 12 and 15 minutes long.

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