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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

Blair

Alex Greig

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

Composition & Sound Design

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