MICHAEL STARRING IN AN ILIAD
Michael is the sole actor in An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, directed by Jonathon Hendry, at Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, on 7-21 April 2018. Shayne P. Carter is the composer and on-stage musician. Click here to book.
Theatreview: "An Iliad is sublime theatre the like of which we rarely see, centred round a towering performance by Michael Hurst that may well itself pass into legend. Experience it, feast your fill. … An epic feast fit for kings indeed. If Edinburgh is the professed Athens of the North, and Dunedin the Edinburgh of the South, then surely we have a claim to the Iliad, and can hardly call ourselves citizens of one of the world's Cities of Literature without seizing this glorious opportunity to witness Homer's masterpiece, flawlessly enacted by a master storyteller".
Otago Daily Times: "Michael Hurst’s performance amazes, combining the weariness of a traveller who has been everywhere and seen too much with the enthusiasm of an inspired teacher. ... Saturday night’s audience was transfixed for every one of the 90-plus minutes".
Michael was on Otago Access Radio on 22 March talking about the show; listen online here. Or click here to read an article on the Otago Daily Times' site. Watch an interview below from Channel 39 (includes rehearsal footage):
Homer's epic masterpiece, The Iliad, is condensed into an intimate, incisive, urgent evening of theatre. A sole performer is joined on stage by a musician to tell the tale of the great Trojan War and Achilles' victory over brave Hector. This sweeping and powerful story collides with our world and delivers startlingly modern results. Has anything really changed?
Musical virtuosity combines with exceptional storytelling to create a theatrical experience like no other.
JENNIFER TO STAR IN MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION
Jennifer will star in George Barnard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession for Auckland Theatre Company, 1-16 May 2018 at ASB Waterfront Theatre. It will also feature Stephen Lovatt, Cameron Rhodes, Jack Buchanan, Karin McCracken, Tawanda Manyimo, and Hadassah Grace. It will be directed by Eleanor Bishop, with design by Tracy Grant Lord. Click here to book.
"There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses". So says Mrs. Warren, a genial yet formidable woman whose clever young daughter Vivie has just graduated from university. However, when Vivie discovers that her expensive education was funded by her mother's earnings from a string of brothels, Vivie's thoroughly modern worldview is thrown into tumult.
Written in 1893, Mrs. Warren's Profession was originally banned by the censors for its subject matter and the hypocrisies it exposed. What continues to shock is how old taboos stay topical and how little things have changed. Celebrated New Zealand theatre-maker Eleanor Bishop returns from New York to direct her own version of this rarely-performed classic that takes a contemporary lens to centuries-old questions of sexuality and empowerment.
Join Mrs. Warren for a liberating evening of smart comedy, social commentary and sophisticated scandal.
JENNIFER IN HIGH ROAD
Jennifer guest starred in NZ web series High Road in 2014. The series has been re-edited into full-length episodes and is now available on Lightbox. Jennifer plays Camilla Harrison-Smyth in episodes 1.7 and 1.8. Click here to watch (NZ only).
JENNIFER GUEST STARS IN FRIDAY NIGHT BITES
Jennifer is the featured guest in episode 2.7, "Beyond Youth Inc.", of Friday Night Bites. Watch it below, or watch the whole series here.
JENNIFER AND MICHAEL IN THE ADVENTURES OF SUZY BOON
Jennifer plays Warden Touro in all six episodes of the second season of The Adventures of Suzy Boon, and Michael has a cameo in last episode, playing himself. It was filmed in December 2017, and will be released 30 March 2018 on TVNZ OnDemand.
The series stars Kura Forrester as Suzy Boon. Click here to watch the first season.
MICHAEL DIRECTED 800 WORDS
In season 3, Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 11 and 12. The first half of the season has aired in Australia and New Zealand, with the second half of the season scheduled to air in 2018.
Season 2 is now available on dvd. Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14. In North America, it is currently airing on PBS stations.
800 Words is produced by South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions. It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benson Jack Anthony. Click here for info.
MICHAEL DIRECTED WESTSIDE
Michael is directing episodes 4.7 and 4.8 from 20 November 2017 until mid-January 2018.
Westside season 3 is available on dvd. Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7 and 8.
JENNIFER STARS IN VERMILION
Jennifer plays Darcy in feature film Vermilion, which completed filming on 10 April 2017. It also stars Theresa Healey, Goretti Chadwick, Peter Feeney, and Emily Campbell (and a cameo by Michael Hurst!) It is written and directed by Dorthe Scheffmann and produced by Michele Fantl.
Vermilion tells the story of a group of women who are close to each other – mothers, daughters, friends and neighbors. Some of their relationships are good and some are broken. The events of one summer month changes their lives forever.
Click here for the NZ Film Commission's press release on Vermilion.