Monday, 06 July 2020


Massive Company acting and directing workshops coming to Mercury Bay

Massive Company acting and directing workshops coming to Mercury Bay

Aspiring actors and directors from the Mercury Bay community will from 27 - 29 June get to participate in three days of workshops with actors and directors from Massive Company. The workshops, which have been organised by Creative Mercury Bay, will be held in the performing arts area at Mercury Bay Area School. They will focus on devising and directing theatre, using Massive’s innovative and collaborative techniques.  

The aim of these workshops is to further develop directing and acting skills in the Mercury Bay community, building on the extraordinary experience of The Brave, brought to Whitianga in August last year by Massive Company. People of all ages were deeply moved by The Brave and these workshops are a special opportunity for the community’s actors and aspiring directors to learn from amazingly talented tutors.

The workshops will be run by Sam Scott, Jonny Moffat and Neil Amituanai, all three of whom were in Mercury Bay last year to present The Brave. Sam is the company’s artistic director, and Jonny and Neil both act and direct.

“Creative Mercury Bay is very pleased to be offering acting and directing workshops for youth and adults led by Massive’s brilliant directors. Mercury Bay has a decades-long history of really talented and active amateur theatre groups - both actors and directors - and we hope these three workshops will build on the drama skills already evident in our community, said Jan Wright, chair of Creative Mercury Bay.

Although the acting spaces in the Friday acting workshop are already filled with MBAS students, there are still a couple of spaces left in the workshop for people who are interested in learning about directing.

The Saturday workshop is for both actors and aspiring directors

The Sunday workshop is purely for aspiring directors

Workshop dates - Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June

Times: Friday 9am - 3pm (for both actors and aspiring directors), Saturday 10am - 4pm (for both actors and aspiring directors), Sunday 10am - 2pm (purely for aspiring directors).

Numbers: Workshops are each limited to about 25 people.

Age: 14 years plus.

Venue: Performing Arts area at MBAS for all workshops.

Cost: Adult - $25 per workshop, student $15 per workshop.

Registration and enquiries to Jan Wright on telephone 027 224 1927 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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