Education Programme

The Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival is proud to offer the community an educational programme of selected theatre, dance, multimedia and music performances.

The performances are across multiple venues throughout the region and it is advised that when you book tickets you visit the venue page of the website for more information.

The selected programme is offered in four sections, Holiday, Early Childhood/Primary and Intermediate/Secondary and Readers Writers. This is to clearly show the educational community that there are some highly recommended shows offered in the holiday programme and then in the following week specific curriculum targeted shows for primary, intermediate and secondary.

The selected programme will offer a variety of opportunities for the community to engage with the performances. Where possible, a digital educational resource pack will be available to assist educators in their practice and students to gain a deeper understanding of the performance. These resources will be available for shows that you attend. Where possible there will be a facilitated question and answer sessions with the cast and potentially director. This is where the community can enquire about the process undertaken in the creation of the performance or ask specific questions that link to the curriculum. Also, a series of workshops will be offered but will have a minimum number of participants to ensure that they will go ahead. As we confirm artists to run workshops this will be communicated to you and added to the workshop section of the website.

Bookings are now open to the educational community in the following performances but will not be open to the public.  This is to enable you to organise numbers and finances to ensure that all can enjoy in what the Festival has to offer. Ticket numbers are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about the shows, please call the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival office: 06 651 2487 or email daniel@hbaf.co.nz

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The education programme is proudly supported by the Eastern and Central Community Trust

 


 

Early Childhood and Primary

The Early Childhood and Primary programme is appropriate for years 1 to 8. The pricing is $9 per student for a minimum group of 10 students. One free ticket will be provided for each group of 10 students.


 Guji Guji

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When:  Friday 14 October
Time:10.00am
Venue: Spiegeltent, Havelock North Village Green
Genre: Puppet theatre/Multimedia

“Wow what a phenomenal show….our children were spellbound.”
Cherry Grove Early Learning Centre,
Napier

Guji Guji is a simple and beautiful story about being different, bullying and family love. A strange egg rolls into a duck’s nest. Mother Duck hatches the egg and the strangest looking duck you have ever seen emerges from the egg. His first words are Guji Guji and that becomes his name.Based on the best-selling children’s book by Chih-Yuan Chen,Guji Guji is a charming story of how love, family and friendship can overcome adversity.

Presented by international award-winning theatre company, Little Dog Barking - a leading puppet theatre for children, creating and presenting quality theatre works for early childhood, primary school and family audiences.

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Hinepau

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When:Tuesday 11 October
Time: 10.00am and 6.00pm
Venue: Napier Municipal Theatre
Genre: Theatre

"A stunning production that truly celebrates Maori culture in a format which is accessible, engaging and importantly, fun.”
Noel Jordan.
Sydney Opera House producer

An enchanting tale that celebrates diversity and the importance of being true to yourself.

Hinepau is different from other members of the hapū. She looks different and she weaves differently too – back to front, inside out, and she just doesn’t seem to fit in. The fear and mistrust of the villagers eventually sees Hinepau being banished from her tribe. Later, when disaster strikes, Hinepau has the opportunity to save her village, but it is only through the ultimate gift of aroha that Hinepau can rescue the very people who rejected her.

Accompanied by a stunning original soundtrack, beautiful animations and a stellar cast, Hinepau is New Zealand children’s theatre at its best.

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Paper Shaper

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When: 14 October
Time: 1.30pm
Venue: Spiegeltent, Havelock North Village Green
Genre: Puppet theatre

“This is the kind of enchanting, poetic and moving theatre that is ideal for nourishing little minds.”
Thomas Hood,
Dominion Post

Paper Shaper is a charming story about a mischievous little man who lives in a rubbish bin.

The story springs straight from the realms of imagination and curiosity that children inhabit. What happens to that little man on the side of the rubbish bin when no-one is looking? He creates a whole universe out of people’s paper, with a paper sun, paper trees, paper flowers and paper butterflies. When a long-faced but cheerful man visits the Paper Shaper’s park for a picnic, the two start out as opponents, but soon become playmates and finally, friends.

The tale, devised by director Peter Wilson and puppet designer Tim Denton, uses a combination of mask work and puppetry to communicate to its junior audience.

Presented by renowned theatre company, Little Dog Barking - a leading puppet theatre for children, creating and presenting quality works for early childhood, primary school and family audiences.

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Intermediate and Secondary

The intermediate and secondary programme is appropriate for years 7 to 13 unless specified with an age restriction. Tickets are $9 per show for a minimum group of 10. One free ticket will be provided for each group of 10 students.

No Holds Bard

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When: Monday 10 October
Time: 12.00pm
Venue: Spiegeltent, Havelock North Village Green
Genre: Theatre

"A tsunami of a performance ... A breath of fresh Shakespeare air and a comedic head-bashing all in one!" 
Danielle Farrow,
Edinburgh Spotlight

Absurdity, schizophrenia and blank verse.

The show is over, the audience has left, and Hamlet comes home to his dingy flat to face the final curtain.  But can he make up his mind to do it?  Hilarity follows when Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello arrive to help the hapless prince decide whether or not to be or not to be... or not.

No Holds Bard sees celebrated actor Michael Hurst join forces with two of New Zealand's freshest writing talents for an outrageous and at times profound view into one actor's attempt at self destruction.

Hurst's debut solo performance melds his mastery of the Shakespearean form with an irreverent comic edge. Featuring Michael Hurst, New Zealand's premiere performer of Shakespeare, and internationally acclaimed actor and director.

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Hinepau

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When: Tuesday 11 October
Time: 10.00am and 6.00pm
Venue: Napier Municipal Theatre
Genre: Theatre

“A stunning production that truly celebrates Maori culture in a format which is accessible, engaging and importantly, fun.”
Noel Jordan.
Sydney Opera House producer

An enchanting tale that celebrates diversity and the importance of being true to yourself.

Hinepau is different from other members of the hapū. She looks different and she weaves differently too – back to front, inside out, and she just doesn’t seem to fit in. The fear and mistrust of the villagers eventually sees Hinepau being banished from her tribe. Later, when disaster strikes, Hinepau has the opportunity to save her village, but it is only through the ultimate gift of aroha that Hinepau can rescue the very people who rejected her.

Based on the much-loved book, Hinepa, by Gavin Bishop, this award-winning stage adaptation has been charming audiences in Australia and New Zealand since it debuted in 2005.

Accompanied by a stunning original soundtrack, beautiful animations and a stellar cast, Hinepau is New Zealand children’s theatre at its best.

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Mahara

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When: Wednesday 12 October
Time:10.00am and 7.30pm
Venue: The Blyth Performing Arts Centre, Iona College, Havelock North
Genre: Theatre

“This hour long one woman solo is the absolute stand out of the evening.”
Hannah Smith,
Theatreview

‘Te Mahara‘ meaning ‘The Memory’, is a one-woman performance based on Kristyl Neho’s experience with her grandmother’s journey into Alzheimers.

 Transporting us to the heart of Hastings, Kristyl plays over ten different characters to sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreakingly poignant effect. It is a deeply moving and human story which sensitively tackles the issue of Alzheimers and its impact on a family.

Te Mahara was developed as a solo piece at Toi Whakaari and was first performed as part of The Conchus Season - launched to provide a platform for the mentoring and showcasing of emerging Maori and Pacific talent.

“As well as being an entertaining and impressive performance this is a story told with warmth, respect and love. Each family member is portrayed with humour, delicacy and understanding. The story has a depth built on the complexity of family relationships and real empathy toward every character therein.  While there is much that is funny the humour is rooted in truth, the tale is poignant and the ending is deeply moving.”

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Out of the Box

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When:Friday 14 October
Time: 10.00am
Venue: The Blyth Performing Arts Centre, Iona College, Havelock North
Genre: Dance/Hip-Hop

“A great show...energetic, entertaining, subtle, smooth, different, experimental and positive.”
Tia Reihana-Morunga,
Theatreview

Aotearoa’s top hip-hop choreographers and dancers come together in a fabulous fusion of street and contemporary dance forms.

This is competition level dancing without competition rules. It’s hip-hop with no limitations, no regulations and no time limits, allowing choreographers and dancers to break ‘out of the box’ and tell their own original stories.

Following four sell-out seasons, Out of the Box has evolved into a seamless, professional performance.  Energetic, intense and thought provoking, this performance will challenge your perceptions of hip-hop and leave you in awe of New Zealand’s dance talent.

Showcasing some of New Zealand’s finest, internationally recognised hip-hop choreographers and dancers, including the Cesan brothers, Matt Moore, Joshua Faleatua and members of IDENTITY Dance CO - World Hip Hop Silver and Gold medal winners.

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Holiday

The Holiday programme runs from the 4 – 8 October. Each show is highly recommended as a must see of the Festival. A special discounted rate per student is offered for a minimum group of 10. One free ticket will be provided for the group leader for each group of 10. An individual rate is also offered at a discounted rate.

Daffodils

When: Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 October
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Spiegeltent, Havelock North Village Green
Genre: Theatre/Music
Cost: $30 per individual student, $25 per student for a group of 10

“...a work of genius...Daffodils should play all over the world. It resonates so strongly as a piece of our own mixed-up, precious culture, it should be our new national flag.” - 
Metro NZ

This is far more than boy meets girl. This is real-life romance – Kiwi cabaret style. Pull the cover off your favourite vinyl and discover a rich sonic world in the award-winning hit Daffodils. Travel through a landscape of live music and heart-aching theatre in this beautiful love story about a teddy boy and a farm girl: their first meeting, their marriage and the New Zealand pop-rock soundtrack that shapes their lives.

Inspired by private letters, interviews and family myths, Daffodils unfolds against a backdrop of 1960’s Kodak stills, home movies and fashion photography created by Garth Badger (Lorde, Nike)Starring Todd Emerson (TV’s Westside), Colleen Davis (Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar) and a live three-piece band led by Silver Scroll Award winning artist Stephanie Brown (LIPS)

Features songs by Crowded House - Bic Runga – LIPS - Chris Knox - The Mint Chicks - Dave Dobbyn - The Exponents - Darcy Clay - The Mutton Birds - Th'Dudes - The Senators - LIPS - The Swingers - Blam Blam Blam. Prepare to have your indie soul rocked!

Rose was 16. Eric,18. They met at the lake by the daffodils. The same place that Eric’s parents met 20 years earlier. Was it destiny? Perhaps. But what happens after years of misread moments, too many maybes and unspoken thoughts that never go away?

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The White Guitar

WHEN:  Saturday 8 October300 The White Guitar
TIME: 8.00pm
VENUE: Napier Municipal Theatre
GENRE: Theatre/Music/Multimedia
COST:  $25 per individual Student
           $20 per student for a group of 10

“As the Christchurch audience rose to offer the Luafutu men a standing ovation I know I have just witnessed a seminal moment in New Zealand theatre history.”  - Vicki Anderson, The Press

The White Guitar is the story of the Luafutu family; powerful patriarch John, and sons Matthias and Malo (aka Scribe), and is driven by music – from the first traditional Samoan chant to the power of rock’n’roll, the beats of hip hop and the hymns of the church – music is the life blood which pumps through this story’s veins, set against the backdrop of living and growing up Samoan in Auckland and Christchurch.

The White Guitar travels from a grandmother’s dream of a better life in New Zealand through the collision of that dream with the reality of hardship, racism and loss. It follows a man’s journey from boyhood into the heart of darkness – violence, drug addiction, prison and gangs – to reveal the possibility of hope, the overcoming of adversity, healing and inspiration. It is rebel music – it speaks about creative resistance, survival, one family’s refusal to bow down. It’s a story that elevates music, culture and the spirit as the powers of redemption.

With the intensity of a live gig, The White Guitar takes you from the edge of your seat to the verge of tears, combining live performances from Scribe, AV projection and stunning illusion with some of the most amazing storytelling you will ever hear. The White Guitar promises to be a landmark production.

Led by a stellar creative team of Directors, Jim Moriarty and Nina Nawalowalo, Script Consultant Oscar Kightley (Bro Town, Sione’s Wedding), Lighting Design by award-winning Lisa Maule and AV Design by Owen Macarthy, The White Guitar is a new venture for The Conch combining its internationally acclaimed visual theatre with the written word for the first time. Make sure you can say – “I was there”.

Following its hugely successful 2015 premiere seasons in Wellington and Christchurch, The White Guitar returns to the stage in June and July 2016 with strictly limited seasons in Wellington and Auckland.

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Dido and Aeneas

W300 DidoHEN: Thursday 6 to Friday 7 October
TIME:  7.30pm
VENUE: The Blyth Performing Arts Centre, Iona College, Havelock North
GENRE: Opera
COST: $20 per individual Student
          $15 per student for a group of 10

Dido and Aeneas is a passionate and tragic story of love, power, treachery, and inescapable disaster.  

Based on Virgil’s epic poem, Dido and Aeneas tells the story of the widowed Queen of Carthage and the war hero Aeneas, two ill-fated lovers driven apart by a devious Sorceress. As events conspire against the lovers, Aeneas must leave Dido and follow his destiny. A lesson in history and in the challenges of a relationship grappling with the impossible obstacle of predestination.

Thirty outstanding students of the renowned Project Prima Volta will present this most famous of Purcell’s operas, with direction and staging by Lisa Jane Easter. Conducted by Jose Aparicio and accompanied by a string ensemble with harpsichord continuo.

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