WESTSIDE SEASON 3 IS NOW AIRING ON TV3
Westside is currently airing in New Zealand Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on TV3. Michael's episodes will air on 24 July (3.3), 31 July (3.4), 21 August (3.7), and 28 August (3.8).
Michael also directed episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8 of season 2, which is available on dvd or On Demand - click here.
JENNIFER TAKING FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN TO AUSTRALIA
Jennifer will be taking her Marlene Dietrich cabaret Falling in Love Again to Queensland, Australia.
On 28 July 2017, she will perform in the Noosa Alive! festival at Noosa Heads, Queensland (click here for info and to book), and on 1 August 2017, in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, North Queensland (click here for info and to book).
On 9 September 2017, she brings the show back to Auckland, performing at Uxbridge Theatre in Howick (click here for info and to book).
Jennifer pays tribute to the iconic Marlene Dietrich with songs by Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Frederic Hollander and Pete Seeger. Beautifully lit and featuring an exquisite recreation of one of Dietrich's famous gowns, this critically acclaimed cabaret show vividly captures Dietrich's timeless style and glamour. With Grant Winterburn on piano and Aaron Coddel on bass.
"Ward-Lealand is Marlene in gesture, mood and movement - masterfully capturing her alluring and seductive personality from stage and screen. ... Ward-Lealand's ability to use Dietrich's distinctive and unusual phrasing was magical to listen to ... This show is a stunningly good piece of sophisticated cabaret, hughly rewarding and enjoyable". (Capitol Times)
Click here for additional reviews and more about the show.
JENNIFER NARRATES FREE THEATRE, PREMIERING AT NZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Jennifer narrated the documentary film Free Theatre, written and directed by Shirley Horrocks, which is premiering at the New Zealand International Film Festival on Wednesday 26 July (6:15 p.m.) and Friday 28 July (12:15 p.m.)
Founded by Peter Falkenberg in 1979, Christchurch’s Free Theatre has provided a remarkably persistent alternative to the city’s more vaunted legacy of traditional theatre. Favouring the event-based over the text-based, Falkenberg has steeped a succession of actors, writers and theatre technicians in the practice of an avant-garde theatre that has strong roots in his native Germany, while being constantly responsive to political and social change.
Click here for more info and to book.
MICHAEL DIRECTING 800 WORDS
Michael is directing episodes 3.11 and 3.12 of 800 Words, mid-June through mid-July 2017. He previously directed episodes 3.3 and 3.4.
Season 2 is now available on dvd in Australia and New Zealand. Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14. In North America, the first 2 seasons are available on Acorn TV. Click here for Acorn TV.
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 TALKS CLASSICS
Michael talks about staging Greek drama in New Zealand in this interview with Classical World New Zealand:
7-10 August 2017, Flying Solo for The Actors' Program
August 2017, tutor at Musical Theatre New Zealand Boot Camp, Cambridge
27 September 2017, visiting vocal coach, University of Canterbury School of Music, Christchurch
4 October 2017, workshop for New Zealand Secondary Schools Choir, Christchurch
15 October 2017, Flying Solo for Waihi Dramatic Society
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.