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Entries are NOW OPEN for TheatreFest 2017!

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The dates and venues for the 2017 Local TheatreFest are

Local Venue Dates Adjudicator Organiser
NORTH ISLAND        
Auckland TBC        
Tauranga TBC        
Hastings Playhouse Theatre, Hastings 4-5 August 2017 Nanette Wright ANZDA Anne Corney
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Manawatu Feilding Little Theatre, Stafford Street, Feilding 21-22 July 2017 Sheridan Hickey ANZDA Joan Ford
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Wellington Cochran Hall, Khandallah 4-5 AUgust 2017 Rob Ormsby ANZDA David Cox
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SOUTH ISLAND        
Top of the South Wakefield Village Hall, Waimea 4-5 August 2017 David Chambers ANZDA Jen Amosa
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Canterbury/West Coast St Andrew's College, Christchurch 4-5 August 2017 Steven Arnold ANZDA Mandy Perry
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Dunedin The Globe Theatre, Dunedin 5 August 2017 Natalie Ellis-Wilson ANZDA Brian Byas
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The dates and venues for the 2017 Regional TheatreFest are

Region Venue Dates Adjudicator Organiser
Top of the South Christchurch ~ St Andrews College 18-19 August 2017 Phil Peleton Mandy Perry
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Lower North Island Pahiatua ~ Regent Theatre & Cinema 18-19 August 2017 Bryan Aitken Gregg Perkins
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Lower South Island To Be Confirmed 25-26 August 2017 Phil Peleton to be confirmed
Upper North Island Hamilton ~ Riverlea Theatre 25-26 August 2017 Bryan Aitken Lorna Ashton
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The date and venue for the 2017 National TheatreFest Final and Theatre New Zealand Annual Conference is

Event Venue Dates Adjudicator Organiser
TNZ Conference, Workshops and AGM Wellington - Whitireia Performance Centre 16 September 2017   Ewen Coleman
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National Final Wellington - Hannah Playhouse 16-17 September 2017 Jon Pheloung Ewen Coleman
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TNZ Open Forum Wellington - Hannah Playhouse 17 September 2017   Ewen Coleman
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Two venues will be used over Saturday and Sunday. This structure means just one night’s accommodation for teams, supporters and TNZ members coming to Wellington.

The National TheatreFest Final will be held Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday 1:00pm with the Awards Ceremony at approximately 3:30pm on the Sunday and it is hoped to have everything concluded by 4:30pm. The venue will be the Hannah Playhouse in Courtenay Place.

On Saturday, the Conference will be held at the Whitireia Performance Centre in Vivian Street with morning workshops repeated in the afternoon. The TNZ Annual General Meeting and the Key Note address will also be held there on the Saturday. On Sunday morning, there will be an Open Forum in the Foyer of the Hannah Playhouse.

Closing date for entires - 1 July 2017


Purpose

Festivals are devoted to the improvement of theatre standards by:

  • Providing each participating group an assessment of its work in respect of theatre skills and technique.
  • Offering constructive feedback.
  • Helping the audience to a fuller understanding of the presentation.
  • Festivals are about encouragement, friendship, learning, sharing and communicating.

Although Festivals are competitive, winning is by no means the sole purpose of entering. The aspects to be stressed are the opportunities to observe one's peers, to learn through performance and education, and the enrichment of meeting other participants and groups.

There are three levels to TheatreFest:

  • Local
  • Regional
  • National

In order to progress from one level to the next, teams must enter the festival competitively. At Local level, at the discretion of the organisers, festivals can have a non-competitive section and teams in this section can receive an adjudication. Presentations are seen by a different Adjudicator at each level and will receive both an oral and written adjudication. The Adjudicator recommends to the organisers of each festival those presentations going forward to the next level.

TheatreFest Forms

Organisers' Handbook
Guide to Receiving Adjudication
ANZDA Marking Sheet

 

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