Monday, July 10, 2017
“Free Theatre: The 37-Year Experiment,”
Shirley Horrocks writes:
I have a film, “Free Theatre: The 37-Year Experiment,” in the Auckland International Film Festival. I would be very grateful if you could help to pass on information about it. The film will have two screenings:
Wednesday 26 July at 6.15pm and Friday 28 July at 12.15 pm, at the Academy Theatre.
The film explores the 37-year history of a remarkable creative group based in Christchurch which deserves to be more widely known. The group has a multi-media approach and has included not only actors but writers, musicians and artists. Those appearing in the film include Peter Falkenberg, George Parker, Emma Johnston, Stephanie Johnson, Murray Edmond, Stuart McKenzie, Bill Direen, Nick Frost, Gao Ping and Hamish McKeich, with historic footage of Alan Brunton.
Free Theatre’s theatrical and public responses to the Christchurch earthquakes have been extraordinary. But this film is not just about Christchurch, it’s about a group striving always to create original forms of performance in a country that tends to offer limited support for such work. The film relates their activities to the wider history of experimental theatre in New Zealand.
These are the only two screenings scheduled for Auckland, the only chance to see the film on the cinema screenhttps://www.facebook.com/freetheatredocumentary/.