Education Programme

The Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival is proud to offer the community an educational programme of selected theatre, dance and physical theatre 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 listed in chronological order. It identifies each show and gives recommendations to what age groups the performance is targeted towards. The duration of the performance is also listed so you can best prepare transport for students to and from the venues.

All student tickets will be $10 and groups will receive one free complimentary ticket for every 10 tickets sold for a teacher or parent to attend. If you have less than 10 students attending the teacher may attend the performance at the $10 ticket rate.

Please be aware that the Festival team will work with you as best they can to ensure that your booking runs smoothly. It is important that you provide as much information as possible on the booking form or communicate any special requirements for your group booking to the educational coordinator (Daniel Betty).

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 serve 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

The education programme is proudly sponsored by Furnware. The Festival Team would like to thank Furnware for coming on board to support and help grow the arts in Hawke's Bay. 


Vincent Cropped for PB EdVincent

Produced by: The Pulse Collective
When: Monday 25 September
Time: 11.00am
Where: The Blyth Performing Arts Centre, Iona College
Duration: 75 minutes
Genre: Theatre
Audience: 13+
Cost: $10 per student

Vincent van Gogh is one of the world’s most recognisable and beloved painters. Leonard Nimoy’s celebrated play Vincent is based on hundreds of letters exchanged between the illustrious painter and his brother Theo. Told through the eyes of Theo, this incredible one-man show reveals the artist as few knew him. Hawke’s Bay actor Daniel Betty takes us on a fascinating journey and invites us to ponder the meaning behind van Gogh’s work. Under the direction of Lisa-Jane Easter, we explore the relationship between insanity and creative genius, and the demands that society makes on an artist. Vincent van Gogh lives on as a symbol of inspiration, courage, passion, and the lust for life that art kindles in all of us. 

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A Prudent Man Cropped for PB 0 EdA Prudent Man

Produced by: A Lab Kelpie Production
When: Tuesday 26 Sept
Time: 11.00am
Where: Spiegeltent, Havelock North
Duration: 50 minutes, no interval.
Genre: Theatre
Audience: 16+ Contains strong language and adult themes
Cost: $10 per student

A well-groomed, confident-looking man enters the room and sits on a comfortable and expensive-looking leather chair. A bright light shines on him. There’s water and a glass on a table, but that’s all. Perhaps this is an investigation. What has he done wrong? What makes the Trumps, the Abbotts and the Hansons of this world tick? What would happen if their world started to shift ever so slightly? Embodying their slogans, mannerisms and headlines, A Prudent Man is an amalgamation of recent history's conservative politicians. This award-winning darkly comedic political thriller asks what it means to be right...in more ways than one.

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The Wholehearted 1 Cropped for PB EdThe Whole Hearted

Produced by: Massive Company
When: Wednesday 27 Sept
Time: 11.00am
Where: The Blyth Performing Arts Centre, Iona College
Duration: 75 minutes, no interval
Genre: Theatre
Audience: GA. Recommended for 14+
Cost: $10 per student

Open yourself up to The Wholehearted. An honest portrayal of the extreme power of love, The Wholehearted is a heart-warming devised theatre work that spans generations, genders and cultures. A mix of characters tenderly and humorously share with us their search for a wholehearted way of life, exploring what people do in the pursuit of love and how love changes us. Performed by a stellar cast from Auckland’s innovative Massive Company, this is a physically charged exploration of vulnerability and the Superhero inspired moments in our lives. "It's a beast this life. But what a beautiful struggle".

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Cheese Cropped for PB EdCheese

Produced by: Java Dance Company
When: Wednesday 27 Sept
Time:  1.00pm
Where: Spiegeltent, Havelock North
Duration: 60 minutes
Genre: Dance
Audience: Family 2+
Cost: $10 per student

Amazing animals, squirting milk jets and flying hay bales combine with all the bells and whistles to make cheese. Dancing milkmaids and yodelling goatherds will lead you on a family-friendly farmyard frolic as they attempt to make their first ever cheese. If you have ever wondered where cheese comes from or cried over spilt milk this is the show for you. Cheese is an epic journey from grass to milk to stringy, chewy, stretchy, rubbery, crumbly delicious cheese.

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The Hooligan and the Lady Cropped for PB EdThe Hooligan and the Lady

Produced by: Cookplace Productions
When: Thursday 28 Sept
Time: 1.00pm 
Where: Woodford Hall 
Duration: 60 minutes 
Genre: Theatre
Audience: 13+
Cost: $10 per student

1913. True story. Miss Florence LeMar, Kiwi vaudevillian, has an epiphany. Discovering the health-giving and life-saving benefits of the Ancient Oriental Arts she is compelled to share them with the world. Fearless, unstoppable, and armed with her apocryphal handbook, The Life and Adventures of Miss Florence LeMar - The World’s Famous JuJitsu Girl, Flossie and husband Joseph Gardiner tour their popular star turn, The Hooligan and the Lady. It is a sensation. For a wager of one hundred pounds, formidable Flossie takes challenges from the floor. Many try, none succeed. The story of a love affair, antipodean vaudeville and the latent ability of the feminine species to knock twenty different kinds of nonsense out of brutes and bad men everywhere.

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Driftwood 1 Cropped for PB EdDriftwood

Produced by: Casus Circus
When: Friday 29 Sept
Time:  10.30am
Where: Spiegeltent, Havelock North
Duration: 60 minutes
Genre: Physical theatre
Audience: 8+
Cost: $10 per student

Prepare to be mesmerised when Australia’s Casus Circus returns to the festival with their breathtaking new show, Driftwood. As we drift along the current of life, we are shaped by the humans we encounter. The stories of our loved ones, our enemies and complete strangers guide us and determine the person we become. In this colourful and turbulent concoction of pure joy and intimacy, watch Casus bring a blank canvas to life and reveal our innate need for human contact. This is a circus show that does not let you forget that to feel is to be human and in a moment of danger, a grasping hold is survival. Unique acrobatic shapes, signature to Casus, abound in this journey of explosive encounters, hidden looks, and humorous discoveries. Accompany Casus as we surge forward...together. Described as “one of the most magnificent shows of the Festival,” by the Edinburgh Festival Magazine, Driftwood firmly cements Casus’ place as an international circus sensation.

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