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Water is big business.
Someone stands to make a killing.


From award-winning playwright Ralph McCubbin Howell comes a potent new work inspired by New Zealand's water disputes.

In a South Island township a storm is brewing. A controversial irrigation scheme threatens to transform the landscape and the community is divided: on the one side is the river, which will be lost if the district goes dairy, on the other side the prosperity that is promised by greener pastures.

When a mysterious stranger appears on the riverbed, tensions are pushed to breaking point. Nobody knows where he came from, and nobody knows what he wants. As the conflict shifts from strong words to stronger actions, it's only a matter of time before the levee's going to break...

Broken River fuses live performance with kinetic sculpture in a memorable encounter that tackles urgent environmental issues.

"Richly rewarding... a major theatrical work that captures a highly topical set of conflicts." 
- Theatreview

"Broken River is a topical, ambitious play in which the environmental debate is central"
- The Dominion Post


Broken River was premiered by BATS Theatre for the 2013 STAB season and received initial funding through Creative New Zealand.

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CAST

 
 
 

Trish
Erina Daniels

 
 
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Brooke
Erin Banks

 
 

Jo
Jane Waddell

 
 
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Hinewai
Nancy Brunning

 
 

Georgia
Nova Waretini Hewison

 
 

Nick
Paul Waggott

 
 

Harry
Ralph Johnson

 
 

Michael
Thom McGrath

 
 

The Stranger
Tommy Truss

 

CREW

 

Writer/Director
Ralph McCubbin Howell

 

Producer
Hannah Smith

 
 

Original Composition
& Sound Design

Tane Upjohn Beatson

 
 

Lighting Design
Marcus Mcshane

 
 

Assistant Producer
Hannah Banks

Executive Producer
BATS Theatre

Technical Director
Nick Zwart

Production Managers
David Goldthorpe
& Debbie Fish

Stage Manager
Kate Clarkin

Movement & Fight Choreography
Ricky Dey

Set Design
Chris Reddington
& Nick Zwart

Costume Design
Eliza Thomson-Munn

Publicity Design
Ed Watson

Marketing Manager/Publicity
Brianne Kerr

Platforms Co-ordinator
Pippa Drakeford

Initial Design Concepts
Sam Mahon
& Chris Reddington

Dramaturg
Hannah August

Script Advisor
Uther Dean

Producer Mentor
Anna Cameron

Design Mentor
Sam Trubridge

 

AWARDS

Sound Designer - Tane Upjohn Beatson
Lighting Designer - Marcus McShane
Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2013

 

NOMINATIONS

Set Designer - Chris Reddington and Nick Zwart
Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2013

 

 

MEDIA