Enliven your spirit and open your heart when Massive Company brings its brand new production The Wholehearted to the Mangere Arts Centre from 18th -24th March and Q Theatre from 1st – 10th April to commemorate the company’s 25 year anniversary in 2016. In keeping with the authentic style that Massive Company is renowned for, The Wholehearted weaves together stories of devotion from the very young to the very old.
A brilliant ensemble of professional and emerging actors have devised The Wholehearted under the expert co-direction of Massive’s Artistic Director Sam Scott and exciting new director Scotty Cotter. A long-time Massive member, Scotty Cotter is coming on board under the Directors Lab programme and will be supported by Sam’s extensive devising experience to bring this energetic new work to the stage.
High profile actors Bree Peters (Shortland Street, The Weight of Elephants), Renee Lyons (800 words, Nick: An Accidental Hero) and Kura Forrester (What We Do In the Shadows, Supercity) will be performing alongside rising stars Pat Tafa (Westside), Denyce Su’a (Get It Girl), Theo David and Villa Lemanu. This effervescent cast of seven brings together a range of skills, personalities and backgrounds giving audiences a full and vibrant range of perspectives.
An honest portrayal of the extreme power of love, The Wholehearted was developed through conversations with the local community, asking them to share their own stories of affection and dedication. Crossing generations, genders and cultures The Wholehearted explores what we do in the pursuit of love; how going after love changes how we think about the world, how we behave, and how we value others.
In 2016 Massive Theatre Company celebrates a milestone of 25 years. A contemporary company that focuses on listening to stories of local people and developing them into powerful, ensemble based theatre that is full of vigour and heart. Massive opens the doors to young and emerging artists giving them time and space to flex their creative muscle through devising, performing and directing. The work they produce is distinctively kiwi, genuine and modern – a winning combination that has seen their shows and troupes travel NZ and internationally.
The Wholehearted follows in the wake of successful Massive show The Brave which saw critics urging audiences not to miss it. City side or South side, be sure to book your ticket to experience The Wholehearted!
“…their stories strip away the layers of self and put very human stories and heart out there for us to admire and respect.” – The Brave reviewed by Theatreview
“The heartbreaking, funny, clever mix of true confessions and raw athleticism from the guys of Massive Company has won standing ovations already.”- The Brave reviewed by New Zealand Herald
The Wholehearted plays:
March 18 – 24 at Mangere Arts Centre, Mangere
Tickets from Eventfinda. For bookings visit www.eventfinda.co.nz or phone 0800 289 849
April 1 – 10 at Q Theatre Loft, Auckland CBD
Tickets from Q Theatre. For bookings visit www.qtheatre.co.nz or phone 09 309 9771