Auckland Theatre Company announced the eight plays that make up their 2024 season, featuring “star-studded creatives” and “high-flying collabs”.
The eight shows include five works by New Zealand playwrights (four of which are premieres), alongside West End hits, a climate change epic and a big-scale retelling of one of the most popular children’s stories of all time. It also represents the largest amount of collaborations in the company’s history, including co-productions with Te Pou Theatre, Nightsong, Silo Theatre, I Ken So Productions, Auckland Arts Festival and Agaram Productions.
Artistic director & CEO Jonathan Bielski said: “After a great year for our 30th anniversary in 2023, we are excited to offer Aucklanders a 2024 season of outstanding theatre filled with stars, local heroes and extraordinary storytellers.”
The eight shows are, in order: Hyperspace by Albert Belz (a 90s set comedy around the NZ Aerobics Competition), O le Pepelo, le Gaoi, ma la Pala’ai (a Samoan family drama that premiered in Kia Mau Festival earlier this year), The Effect by Lucy Prebble (which is currently running to rave reviews on the West End), Red, White and Brass (a theatrical adaptation of the film of the same name), Scenes from the Climate Era (ATC’s first collaboration with Silo Theatre), Girls and Boys (another West End hit that starred Carey Mulligan), Peter Pan (a retelling of the classic courtesy of Nightsong), and a mixtape for maladies (a collaboration with Agaram Productions that is a musical love letter to Sri Lanka).
A little bit of analysis from me here: Not only is this the company’s biggest programme in years, it’s also their most exciting – and it’s great to see ATC committing not just to local playwrights, but developing those stronger connections with companies across the country. It’s hard to recommend something straight off the back, but if you’re looking for one show of the eight to book tickets to, I’d go for “a mixtape for maladies”, which had an absolute gangbusters development showing at Auckland Arts Festival earlier this year.