Silo Theatre 2020 Season
Forget the theatre you know. Silo Theatre’s gravity-shifting 2020 season brings our country’s top talent to the stage to celebrate our most magnetic Pacific voices, to fearlessly tackle some difficult conversations, to find joy in our hardest moments and to come together, break bread, and hear stories that’ll etch themselves into your heart.
Featuring two internationally-renowned works and a new commision that brings together some of the most exciting and inventive theatre-makers in Aotearoa, this is a season that finds hope in the dark, and searches for a future to believe in.
Mar 5 – Mar 15
Q Theatre, Rangatira
The world of Oceania is not small. From the energetic volcanoes of O'ahu to the wild tides of Aotearoa, she is borderless, vast, and growing bigger by the day. After decades of dismissal and disconnection, her children are closer than ever. It’s time for a reunion. This Auckland Arts Festival, Silo Theatre brings the wealth and power of Pacific literature to roaring theatrical life. Curated by award-winning poet Grace Taylor and led by powerhouse director Fasitua Amosa, UPU gives the stage to Oceania’s most electrifying poetry. Ben Brown, Karlo Mila, Albert Wendt and more: UPU celebrates our Oceanic trailblazers, the icons and the new writers transforming Aotearoa today.
Jun 11 – Jul 4
Q Theatre, Loft
A young writer and a director meet on an empty stage. She’s furious about his latest play: it’s lazy, sexist, profane. He gets a kick out of arguing: he flirts with her, condescends to her, even offers her a job. But she wants more than he can possibly offer, with his small stage and smaller imagination. She wants to change the world. And the world is about to change around her. Following its incendiary London premiere in 2018, Ella Hickson’s provocative, unpredictable play is unlike anything you’ve seen before. In a new production led by award-winning director Sophie Roberts (The Wolves, Hir, Peter and the Wolf), walls collapse and stories transform without warning, in this genre-bending, gravity-defying modern masterpiece about the dirty business of making art.
Every Brilliant Thing
Aug 25 – Sep 19
Q Theatre, Loft
You’re seven years old. Dad’s picked you up late from school. He says that Mum’s done something stupid. That she’s hurt herself because she’s sad. So you start to write a list, on Post-it notes. A list of every brilliant thing in the world. Years pass, decades disappear, and the list takes on a life of its own — because there are plenty of brilliant things in the world, if you just know where to look. An international sensation since its world premiere in 2014, Wentworth co-stars Danielle Cormack and Robbie Magasiva reunite to bring Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed play back to New Zealand. Every Brilliant Thing is a warm, deep hug of a play, a story about depression, loss and finding all the beautiful things in your life – whether it’s ice cream, water fights or laughing so hard you snort milk through your nose.
Nov 5 – Nov 28
Q Theatre, Loft
For over 6000 years, people have come together to break bread with each other. We’ve gathered at the table in all sorts of places, with all sorts of people, sharing jokes and stories and cultures and traditions. Because bread is more than just a ubiquitous carb – it’s a symbol of sharing, understanding and community. And this year, we want to break bread with you.Join some of Aotearoa’s most exciting and inventive theatre-makers – Alice Canton (Other [chinese]), Freya Finch (Shabbat Shalom and Thank You For Coming), and Leon Wadham (Giddy) – for a totally unique theatrical experience. Meet us at the table for a rich and intimate journey into the traditions and rituals that hold our communities together. And hey, maybe you’ll pick up some kick-ass bread recipes on the way.