The Barbarians have the keys to the mighty Civic and as you’d expect they’re turning the place upside-down, throwing open the doors and letting everyone in. It’s chaos, but your ushers know what to do… Come along and get lost in the Civic, in this hilariously back-to-front cabaret experience.
Let's Make Work Together (LMWT) is Barbarian's platform for socially and politically minded theatre-makers to develop their works and strengthen their practice in a supportive and community-focussed environment.
The fourth annual LMWT incubator will take place from 6 - 12 May 2019 at the Vogelmorn Bowling Club.
Follow the LMWT Facebook page for details of the programme.
Get hands-on with how democracy works at The Kids' Election – a pop-up polling booth especially for tamariki. Women got the vote 125 years ago – now kids can too!
Rock up to the polling booth, and cast your vote on issues chosen by other kids. Add your own suggestions for voting topics.
Something bugging you? Writing your own protest placard about it, and bring attention to the things that matter most to you.
Dress up in our costumes – become an activist, a suffragette, a politician, or something completely different!
When Sat 24 Nov – Sun 25 Nov 2018, 11.00am–3.00pm
Where Te Marae, Level 4
Cost Free event
Barbarian Artistic Director Jo Randerson has smashed out a characteristically fierce volume of poetry “in the small windows motherhood has afforded.”
You can be one of the first to get your hands on this literary gold by heading along to the launch as part of LitCrawl 2018 - you’ll also get to hear Jo read some of the content as well as jamming out some chunes with friend and collaborator Waylon Edwards.
We’re starting the wind-back a little bit early, but we just can't to celebrate the start of spring, and the beginning of the longer days.
Join us for dinner, music and dancing at this DAYLIGHT SAVINGS THEMED PARTY!
Great value buffet dinner available to purchase from our VBC kitchen.
Cash bar operating from 5.30pm until 11pm.
The party starts at 7pm, preceded by an artist talk from Tom Clarke at 6pm discussing his work with Barbarian Productions to create Captain Cook Thinks Again, as part of the BUMP mentorship programme in partnership with Toi Poneke.
In a parallel universe, Grant Robertson has allocated $100,000,000 to the Arts! Come and help us spend the money with MC Megan Williams and a selection of guest speakers from the arts sector.
Following this you are welcome to hikoi down to BATS Theatre to join in the opening of the The Annual BATS Summit (TABS) practitioners weekend - drinks available at BATS.
If you believe in a fair and inclusive world and think that arts can play a part, then join us for round two of our socially responsible Speed Dating to Save the World: a networking event to bring together organisations seeking to create societal change with arts companies and artists.
Social organisations present for three minutes on urgent issues. Artists then speed-date them to create new collaborations.
Spectators welcome. Facilitated by Jo Randerson and Jacqui Moyes. Tea & nibbles provided.
This year we're kicking things off with a Whanau Day at the Vogelmorn Bowling Club. There'll be fun for the whole family, including a dress up jam, chill zone for the folks… you can even circumnavigate the Vogelmorn Green by bike with our very own Captain Cook.
Barbarian Productions will be testing elements of their 'Kiwi!' interactive project about national identity, so you can come and help us figure out how to collectively envision the future of our great Kiwi nation.
The Green Cafe will be open for business too so you can get a great coffee and a little something while you participate.
Spring Uprising is Barbarian's annual mini-festival celebrating Art for Social Change. This year's programme includes a Whanau day with dress-ups and circumnavigation of the Bowling Club Lawn by Captain Cook, a $100 Million Dollar Cash Splash and a party to celebrate Daylight Savings!
Full programme and event details can also be found on the Spring Uprising Facebook page.
Come and check out Barbarian's first ever dedicated theatre work for children, made specially for Capital E National Theatre for Children!
Three curious characters live a busy life in a world where everything has a purpose and place… until one day, an Odd character arrives and things start to change. Suddenly their world is full of things that don’t belong anywhere! What will the Odd One Out do next and will anything ever be the same again?
Missed our new husband n wife smash hit? Due to popular demand we're bringing it back from 13 - 17th February 2018.
Tickets available from BATS from around 19 December - get in quick as they will sell fast! Also keep an eye on our FB page to find out about some related workshops we'll be running in collaboration with our friends at Double Denim.
Grand Opening | Auckland Live Summer in the Square
Live at The Civic
The Barbarians are taking over The Civic this summer! These celebrated freedom-fighters of Wellington's theatre scene have got hold of the keys to Auckland’s most beloved venue and they're turning the place upside down.
Grand Opening is a tour-de-force celebration of the world of performing arts and will also feature a host of local Auckland collaborators. Fun for the whole family.
Audiences are admitted every 15 minutes and bookings are essential. Tickets $15.00 plus service fees.
Book your tickets here: goo.gl/4Wv85u
For more info visit: aucklandlive.co.nz/show/grand-opening
The Political Cutz pop-up hairdressing salon offers free haircuts and cheap coffee in exchange for political & civic dialogue.
We'll be open for business 5-9 September, at the Public Trust Building on 131 Lambton Quay. Salon opening hours are 10-4pm daily, late night Thursday until 6pm.
Follow Political Cutz 2017 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
We warmly welcome all to this afternoon of play, creativity and storytelling.
This November peel back the curtain to a behind the scenes experience with Wellington Playback Theatre Company.
We will start session one with a short performance by Wellington Playback Theatre Company introducing you to the forms, the people and the playback.
We will break, chat, and share cake. Then it's time to get involved.
Session two give you an opportunity to play alongside members of a company and to actively have a go as an actor or musician.
If that's not quite for you, please stay and be a storyteller or audience member, this in itself is an essential part of the playback experience.
A relaxed one hour class exploring dance and movement. Absolutely no experience in dance technique is necessary, as we will be moving in accord with our own rhythms, to express, create and communicate in a nonverbal way. I will be using skills learnt from dance movement therapy to facilitate this class that is open to all. Darrell Haddon studied theatre at VUW and Dance Movement Therapy at Dance Therapy NZ.
Join us to celebrate spring and social progress with good food and even better conversation!
We've invited our favourite speaker from last year's Spring Uprising Emily Beausoleil to deliver a keynote address as we all come together to share a meal. It's an evening of open toasts, so BYO drinks and thoughts to share, and bring a plate of springtime tapas to for the pot-luck dinner.
From the people who brought you A TRIAL comes another trial, different from the first trial but still IT'S A TRIAL!
IT'S A TRIAL! is a unique one-off performance that fuses courtroom drama with community theatre.
PRESENTED BY Binge Culture Collective and Barbarian Productions.
Lawyers Joel Bakensdale and Karin Rizmakon call on members of the public to be expert witnesses to help win the case, in which The Government is being sued for negligence over the housing crisis. The lawyers will have to navigate a legal quagmire to argue whether a duty of care is owed, and whether that has been breached.
This is under the unreliable eye of maverick 'strange' (Theatreview) Judge Jody Ranzerson and her court taker, the 'odd' (Theatreview) Courtney T Aker. Busy Journalist Jacqui Strongarm will hopefully make an appearance, depending on how well her Masters of Journalism is going.
Audience members are invited to act as the members of the jury, sketch artists in the press box, or simply members of the public gallery.
WHO: Joel Baxendale, Karin McCracken, Anya Tate-Manning, Jo Randerson and Maria Williams
WHERE: Von Kohorn Boardroom in Wellington Museum
PRICE: $10, $20 or $30 for the full trial session.
Stay for the whole afternoon, or come and go as you please! Refreshments available throughout the event!! ♥
Are you keen to get involved in theatre, storytelling, dance or other types of performance? Are you already a performer and keen to learn more about physical communication? Are you looking for an awesome performance and movement based workshop with a cool bunch of people that just might change how you see the world?
Find out more by downloading this pdf document.
1pm -2.30: Pat-A-Cake Productions lead an experiential taster session out-of-site from their new CoLiberate Studio, followed by a sharing of their journey from theatre making to wellbeing social enterprise and back again. Suitable for artists, community workers, social enterprise enthusiasts and practitioners and general public. Entry by koha.
2.30: Afternoon Tea
3 - 3.45pm: BLAG Art Hack - focus on Well-being led by BLAG members Sabrina Martin and Joel Baxendale. Big Live Arts Group was set up to unite live art practitioners in the Wellington area.
4.30 - 5.30pm: Yoga with Lori Leigh offers the benefits of embodied presence, play, breath, energy, expression and restoration. Lori is a Yoga Alliance RYT 200. Suitable for all levels and ages.
A panel discussion with representatives from other sectors about how they successfully secure investment - offering strategies, advocacy and tips on how the arts might better hustle for resources.
Hosted by Meg Williams (NZ Festival), with Chris O’Neill (Ākina Foundation), James Russell (MOTIF Agency), and Nick Shewring (BizDojo)
UPDATE!!! Venue has changed! Now at Hataitai Bowling Club.
The Art of Recovery screened at last years International Film Festival in Wellington, and we are proud to give our Spring Uprising participants another chance to see it. BYO Popcorn.
Fisheye Films 2015, dir. Peter Young
After a massive Earthquake shakes Christchurch city to its foundations, a group of hardy, creative residents reclaim the ruins through a variety of art and temporary community projects, providing a promising future for a dynamic new city.
Read more in the Art of Recovery Press Kit