Routine Magic: Aloysius has developed extraordinary powers from his rituals and will not allow court-ordered psychologist Sarah to come inside his house. Over five mornings, Sarah and Aloysius grapple with their attachments and detachments to routine, searching for a more balanced way of living.
Magic Routine: It’s YouTube sensation Ant’s 21st birthday. A spirit, arrives with a magical letter which can only be opened if Ant has harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Kami promises to return each year until Ant turns 25 to see if he has developed the required abilities to achieve the task.
Routine Magic (shortlisted for the Adam NZ Play Award in 2019) and Magic Routine were written by Frances Steinberg who also directs the plays. Frances has had a long career as a psychologist, martial artist, acupuncturist, interactive learning designer, international presenter, and author.
The plays are brought to life by Barnaby Olson and Rebecca Parker:
Barnaby, a local Wellington creative, has toured nationally with productions such as Anzac Eve, and An Awfully Big Adventure, and starred on screen in BURBS, Missing Sunday, and Tragicomic. He wrote and performed in the acclaimed new work A Traveller’s Guide to Turkish Dogs, and his most recent directing credit was Story Studio Live, a new NZ work for Capital E, which won the 2019 Excellence Award for Theatre for Social Change.
Rebecca has featured in theatrical shows for Stagecraft, Kidstuff, Kapitall Kids, Showbiz, Backyard Theatre and Fresh Dada, as well as various productions in the Wellington Fringe Festival, at the Court Theatre in Christchurch, at BATS and at Circa Theatre. She has also appeared in over 20 short films, some of which are currently doing international film festival circuits.
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