An exciting new play from New Zealand is coming to the Finborough Theatre for its European premiere. Brought to you by Sharp Image Company and Claire Evans Ltd
Liz and Peter have a picture-perfect life; successful careers, great marriage, two perfectly behaved children...
Until their son goes missing.
Supported by newly-qualified social worker, Anahera, they anxiously await news from the police. But as the hours pass and everyone is pushed to their limits, Anahera is forced to take a stand.
With an innovative narrative structure, Anahera is a taut domestic thriller that deals with timeless themes of family, discipline, trauma, forgiveness, and hope.
Brought to life by Offie-nominated international Director Alice Kornitzer, starring Caroline Faber (Louise Schumacher opposite Bryan Cranston and Douglas Henshall in Network directed by Ivo Van Hove at The National; Lady Macbeth at the Lyric Hammersmith for Jude Christian), and London’s foremost Maori actor, Acushla-Tara Kupe (currently starring in the London Free Open Air Theatre 2019 season, appearing as Feste in Twelfth Night and Essex/Young Trader in The Sea Queen), Emma Kinane’s Anahera returns to the Finborough Theatre where it was originally given a staged reading in Vibrant 2018 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. First performed in New Zealand, it was chosen for Auckland Theatre Company’s workshop Next Stage in 2015 and was a finalist in the Adam NZ Play Awards in 2016. It premiered in September 2017 at Circa Theatre in Wellington, receiving rave reviews, and won Most Outstanding New New Zealand Play at the Wellington Theatre Awards 2017.
How You Can Help Us
We are committed to putting on the highest calibre production and bringing this important work to a UK audience.
Fringe Theatre is the lifeblood of theatre, growing the next generation of actors, creatives and production personnel. The economics of Fringe Theatre production are challenging and so we are reaching out for support from friends and theatre lovers.
Every penny of your donation will go to the cast and creatives bringing this important play to fruition.
Why This Play?
The staging of a play from New Zealand is a rare event in the UK, and we want to bring this talented new voice to a broader international audience.
Anahera offers us a look at the tense relationship between the white citizens of New Zealand, the Pakeha, and the indigenous people, the Maori. All the while, weaving a narrative familiar the world over: when it comes to families, everything is not always as it seems from the outside.
This play takes a new look at childhood abuse and trauma, and the way it plays out across the years, the past eventually catching up and crashing headlong into the present.
The narrative finds its place in the mundane and daily routine of life; in what happens even when everyone involved thinks they're doing the right thing, and the ripple effect someone can have, even an outsider, if they decide to take a stand.
About Playwright Emma Kinane
Playwright Emma Kinane is an award-winning writer and actor. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and has worked as an actor, writer and director in theatre, television, film and radio. She has a Master's Degree in Scriptwriting from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University. Her writing includes co-writing the plays Turbine, Paua and The December Brother with the SEEyD Collective, her radio play Clouds which aired on Radio NZ in 2014, and short film Bastard, part of the 2018 anthology feature Encounters. Her latest play Micronation Street recently had a workshop and rehearsed reading at Circa Theatre, Wellington.
About Director Alice Kornitzer
Director Alice Kornitzer began her career as an actor at the Berliner Ensemble in Germany, before returning to the UK, where she gained a Drama BA from the University of Bristol. Direction includes Chummy (White Bear Theatre) which was nominated for four OffWestEnd Awards including Best Director, Wuthering Heights (National Tour), Apocalypse Laow (Katzspace), Sir Walter’s Women (The Great Hall, Winchester, for Hampshire Heritage Trust), The Taming of the Shrew (Petersfield Shakespeare Festival and Theatre Royal Winchester), Tejas Verdes (The Court Theatre Training Company), Broke Britannia (Bridewell Theatre) and The Accidental Caregiver (Robert Moss Theatre, New York City). Assistant Direction and Dramaturgy includes Die Präsidentin (Theater Magdeburg), Happy New (Trafalgar Studios), Tejas Verdes and Allotment (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and Das Fieber (Theater Unterm Dach, Berlin). She was the recipient of the 2018 European Theatre Conference Artist Residency Award.
About Sharp Image Company
'Shining a light through the minutiae of the everyday and bringing into focus stories which fundamentally touch us all.'
Sharp Image Company was founded in 2017 as part of the development of a new play in conjunction with Poplar Union and Theatre N16. The focus of the company is on creating new plays around historical narratives and events with view to shining a light on current social and political issues locally, nationally, and internationally. Without being married to a specific form or type of venue, SIC puts themes and narrative front and centre, so that the most creative and correspondent way can be found for each production.
The company's work shines a light on the micro to create a debate around the macro narrative of our time and brings 'hope' back into focus.
Our inaugural show, Tree In The Sky by John Foster, is now being revived as a semi-immersive promenade piece to tour in 2019/2020 in conjunction with George Warren/Metal Rabbit Productions, with another John Foster play, about women in the UK prison system, currently in development.
The Press on Anahera in New Zealand
“Anahera is right up there, one of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen and heard and experienced...A must-see event, a world-class piece of theatre.” Off The Tracks
"A vital and provocative work capable of instigating change." Regional News
"A play for today that will resonate with audiences long after they have left the theatre." Dominion Post
"It’s not merely a technical tour-de-force, it’s important ." Off The Tracks
"The play braids questions of responsibility, irresponsibility, guilt and forgiveness...You’d have to be unconscious not to be gripped by Anahera." Theatrereview
"Absolutely heart-wrenching...I know I won’t be able to stop thinking about Anahera for a long time, perhaps forever, as if I’m not the same person I was two hours ago." Art Murmurs
"Brilliantly destabilizing...It steers us straight into psychological thriller territory and, like a rip in the ocean, it grabbed me." The Pantograph Punch
"The script wrestles with questions many of us are not brave enough to ask." Regional News
"A taut, electric script.... a must-see experience." Off The Tracks
The Press on Alice Kornitzer
"Alice Kornitzer complements Foster’s ripe written style with spirited direction, which has moments of great lucidity." The Stage on Chummy
“Director Alice Kornitzer promises to bring a certain cinematic feel, nodding strongly to the neo-noir genre rarely seen on stage, for a unique exploration of this psychological thriller.” Broadway World on Chummy
"Alice Kornitzer's commendable direction finds space for more moving moments." - ActDrop on Apocalypse Now
We are delighted to have been invited to produce Anahera at the Finborough Theatre, and we thank them for their ongoing support and commitment.
The multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre focuses on thought provoking new writing. The Theatre has an unparalleled track record of maintaining excellence throughout all their work – despite remaining completely unfunded – on a par with the larger subsidised theatres, whilst maintaining freedom and intimacy in keeping with their home above a pub in Earl's Court. They attract the finest creative talent, as well as discovering new practitioners who go on to become leading voices in British theatre.
The Finborough Theatre regularly transfers productions to the West End and Off-Broadway, and plays premiered here have gone on to be seen in the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Eire and Australia.
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