About ‘Billy Goes To War’

Rehearsals are underway, and going extremely well, for our next production – the acclaimed drama of a Kiwi soldier and his family throughout the 1914-1918 war.

Billy Goes to War video

Showing at The Turner Centre, Kerikeri, over Anzac weekend:

  • Friday 20th April
  • Saturday 21st April
  • Sunday 22nd April.

Click on the image to find out more!

(Video by Harley Alexander at Creative Cavalry)

Oh, What a Lovely Hell-Hole!

RUSSELL STREET THEATRE A LOCAL SUCCESS

This year’s Hell Hole of the Pacific street theatre event in Russell has proved to be the most successful since it began during the Rugby World Cup in 2011. It has now become an established annual part of the Bay of Islands’ calendar.

On Anniversary Weekend, actors from Russell and Kerikeri Theatre Company brought back the unruly days of Kororāreka during the 1800s in a theatrical parody of the town’s most infamous years.

There were three performances daily and crowds were substantially up on previous years. Visitors joined locals, those from Northland who made the journey especially and others from around New Zealand who were holidaying in the region.

Crowds for Sunday’s performances were boosted by cruise ship passengers from the Viking Sun. In an unusual move, passengers were ferried by ship’s tender to Russell wharf. Their destination was signalled on board as a visit to Pompallier House and travellers took the opportunity to view Hell Hole of the Pacific street theatre performances while on the foreshore.

Koha collected on the day (which included American dollars from cruise ship visitors) will be donated to Russell School and the local St John’s charity shop. Local business owners and staff from Russell craft and Saturday market, Delish Coffee House, MacKiwi and Russell Swordfish Club dressed in appropriate garb for the weekend.

Director, Cris Aronson, said the cast of 31 for this year’s performances was also the biggest yet. Discussions are already under way regarding improvements for next year.

 

Images by Paul Rayner

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Duel: New Zealand’s first duel between Joel Polack and Ben Turner is re-enacted on Russell’s foreshore.

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Temperance: Temperance Women make their views known.

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Constable Michael has a hell of a job to do!

Billy Goes to War: We Want You!

The streets of Kerikeri were the scene of a World War I recruitment drive last weekend for our next production. If you didn’t catch us, we’ll be out again this Saturday, seeking cast members, male and female of all ages over 14 years. Come and find us if you want to know more about claiming a part this acclaimed play. No experience necessary, enthusiasm and dedication essential :

AUDITION RECRUITMENT:

Packhouse Market, Kerikeri – Saturday JAN 27  – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

AUDITIONS:

Turner Centre, Kerikeri – Sunday FEB 4 – starting at 2.30pm.

As a commemoration of the last year of the 1914-18 War, the Kerikeri Theatre Company is staging the acclaimed WW1 drama Billy Goes to War, on the eve of Anzac Day, next April

The production follows the wartime journey of young Kiwi soldier Billy Smith from the disaster of Gallipoli to the muddy, bloody trenches of the Western Front. It tells of the nurses who braved the casualty stations, the life of the families back home, and the progress of the war through the nations involved.

All this, accompanied by famous wartime songs.

Kerikeri Theatre Company already has a strong ensemble of actors for this show, but because of its special nature we’re looking for new people to join the cast, as young soldiers, nurses, civilians, and family members.

Performances will be at the end of April next year. Please be aware that, if you are given a part, you will need to be available to attend ALL your rehearsals.

If you want to find out more you can contact David Crewe, the writer/director, on my email endeavour.crewe@gmail.com or phone 022 0322 898.

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Russell: Hellhole of the Pacific

Next weekend, step back in time to when lovely Russell was a den of thieves, drunks, strumpets! Some of our Theatre Company members will be there to re-enact some notable moments of hellhole history. Lots of fun!

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th January from 10.30 a.m.

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Two Performances Left of The Trial of Millicent Malville

If you haven’t seen it yet, make some room in your calendar this weekend. Funny, smart and unique, the Trial of Millicent Malville allows you to become part of the jury of a murder trial.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

“Fabulous performance! Executed faultlessly by a talented cast. Doctor Millicent Malville was a standout!”

“A hilarous performance! Congratulations to all cast and crew! Get along and see it this week. Great individual performances! You’ll love it”

“We are honoured in our community to have this talent . Go get a ticket NOW!”

Final Performances on:

Friday 17th November at 7 p.m.

Sunday 19th November at 4.30 p.m.

Small audiences only to enhance the jury experience. Adult content.

Only $25 a ticket.

Tickets available from The Turner Centre


PHOTOS: Many thanks to wonderful journalist and photographer Peter de Graaf who has kindly allowed us to include his photos.

Congratulations to Cast and Crew

A great first performance of ‘The Trial of Millicent Malville’ last night at The Turner Centre! The audience were sworn in as jury and took their role very seriously, concentrating hard as the case unfolded, presented by defence and prosecution with a cast of witnesses.

Dr. Millicent Malville had been accused of murdering her husband – a very serious crime, but peppered with great comedic moments. When it came time to give their verdict, there was much debate amongst the audience/jury, who did not take their role lightly!

As for the verdict from last night, apparently it changes with each audience, so will remain secret so as not to sway the next deliberators!

Well done, Cast and Crew. Highly entertaining. And congratulations to David Crewe, who wrote and directed the play.


Please note that this afternoon’s performance is no longer scheduled as it clashed with the Waimate Show, but tickets are selling out for the remaining performances.

Tickets available from The Turner Centre, Kerikeri

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The Trial – Tickets Now on Sale

The Kerikeri Theatre Company presents…

The Trial of Dr Millicent Malville

The action in this comedy drama takes place of a court of law, in which Dr Millicent Malville is accused of murdering her doctor husband with a lethal shot of morphine.

At the start of the trial, the audience is ‘sworn in’ as the jury and will listen to the evidence from the prosecution and the defence and from witnesses. At the conclusion they must decide whether Dr Malville is innocent or guilty. His Honour Judge Loosely has a hard time keeping the Court under control!

Get your tickets from the Turner Centre Box Office or website.

Performances are on:

  • Friday, November 10 at 7 pm
  • Saturday 11 at 2 pm and 7 pm
  • Sunday 12 at 4.30 pm
  • Friday 17 at 7 pm
  • Sunday 19 at 4.30pm

Cost of Tickets: $25

There are two Acts, with an interval. Seating is limited for each performance. Adult content.

Written and directed by David Crewe.

The Trial : Rehearsals Underway!

INNOCENT OR GUILTY: YOU DECIDE…

The action in this comedy drama takes place of a court of law, in which Dr Millicent Malville is accused of murdering her doctor husband with a lethal shot of morphine.

At the start of the trial, the audience is ‘sworn in’ as the jury and will listen to the evidence from the prosecution and the defence and from witnesses. At the conclusion they must decide whether Dr Malville is innocent or guilty. His Honour Judge Loosely has a hard time keeping the Court under control!

Performances are on Friday, November 10 at 7pm, Saturday 11 at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday 12 at 4.30pm and Friday 17 at 7pm and Sunday 19 at 4.30pm. Tickets $25. There are two Acts, with an interval. Seating is limited for each performance. Adult content.


Rehearsals have been going really well, with everyone settling into their part nicely. This is going to be a great show, and has been written by our very own David Crewe!

Auditions for ‘The Trial of Dr Millicent Malville’

TRIAL SYNOPSIS

The action in this adult themed comedy drama takes place of a court of law, with the judge, counsels for the prosecution and defence, court officers and various witnesses. Dr Malville is accused of murdering her husband with a lethal shot of morphine.

At the start of the trial, the audience is ‘sworn in’ and at the conclusion has to decide whether they think the accused is innocent or guilty. There are, of course, two different endings to account for their decision.

The biggest roles are the two counsels, but they have the advantage of being able to hold their scripts for much of the time, as happens in court. The cast of 16 must include at least three men – the judge, the toxicologist and the lover. And at least four women – the defendant, the victim’s sister, the medical receptionist and the cleaner. All the other parts are interchangeable. There are three or four non-speaking roles, which are easy and fun to do if you haven’t been on stage before.

CAST

  • Court Orderly: Clerk of the Court: James Hassle
  • Prosecution: Sara Barnes, his junior (n/s)
  • Mary Rillington, Defence
  • Nina Ricardo, her junior (n/s)
  • Dr Millicent Malville, the accused
  • Court Guard (n/s): His Honour Judge Loosely
  • Det Insp Pickard
  • Dr Monica Down, Toxicologist
  • Dr Algernon Bracket: pathologist
  • Antonia Malville, sister to the victim
  • Doris Simpson, cleaner
  • Wanda Goodbody, receptionist
  • Dr Peter Lovejoy, practice doctor

AUDITIONS

Auditions at the Turner Centre on Wednesday, August 30 at 7pm.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays, commencing September 3. Not all cast will be required every time.

Performances 10, 11, 12 November.

Written and directed by David Crewe. Contact David if you are interested in a role, but cannot make the audition date.

EMAIL: endeavour.crewe@gmail.com