Gwen in Purgatory

By Marion Prebble

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Gwen In Purgatory

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We are Twist Productions and are asking for your help to raise money for our production of Gwen In Purgatory by acclaimed Australian playwright Tommy Murphy. 

Leading the cast in this bittersweet comedy is Elizabeth McRae, best known for her much loved, long-running role as Marj on "Shortland Street". It will be directed by award winning director  Katherine McRae, who also happens to be Elizabeth's daughter. Filling out the talented cast are Michele Hine, Bruce Phillips, Ryan Richards and Tawanda Manyimo.

The New Zealand premiere of Gwen in Purgatory will be performed at TAPAC, The Auckland Performing Arts Centre, Western Springs, from 12th - 29th September 2013. Tommy Murphy is best known for Holding the Man – a sellout show for Silo Theatre in 2009.

Link to ticket and dates information at TAPAC

The Play

Family, faith & technology. Three things that should help ninety year-olds through their twilight years. But Gwen can’t get any of hers to work properly.

Her kids have sold her house and moved her into a soulless subdivision. Now they’ve gathered to welcome Gwen to her new home by bickering, rewriting history and jockeying for advantage.

Gwen is eager to have the new house blessed but Father Ezekiel isn’t what she had in mind. The young Nigerian priest is stuck in the same suburban wilderness struggling to connect with locals, family and the internet.

Which brings us to technology and Gwen’s new home is stuffed with it. She is besieged by bewildering gadgets, labour-sucking mod-cons and an army of remote controls.

All Gwen really wants is someone to take her for a final game of tennis.


Gwen in Purgatory won Best Play: Western Australian Premier's Literary Awards 2011.

"Gwen in Purgatory is a play for and about us all. It is warm, funny, sad, tragic, poignant, moving and unsettling" 

- Curtain Call (Australia)

The Production

Our creative team is set designer Rachael Walker, sound designer Andrew McMillan, lighting designer Michael Craven and producers Mark Prebble and Marion Shortt. 

Auckland Council have recognised the value of this production with an Arts Alive grant to help cover a small wage four our actors through rehearsals, marketing & publicity, costume and design. TAPAC has sponsored the show with reduced venue charges and marketing support.

But this still doesn’t cover all our costs to bring you a high quality awesome night of theatre. 

This is Twist’s first production as an independent theatre company. We don’t have the infrastructure in place that an established theatre company has, so first time round things cost more.

The costs your support goes towards

There are some not-so-glamourous, unavoidable costs such as rehearsal space hireage,  public liability insurance, script printing and licensing rights to the play. These are all upfront costs that need to be paid in advance of rehearsals starting mid August.

Rehearsal space hire for 4 weeks

$1400

Advance on Licensing Rights

$2000

Public Liability Insurance

  $400

Script printing for cast & production

  $150

TOTAL
$3950

While our $3,500 target doesn’t fully cover these costs, it certainly takes a hefty chunk off .... and IF we make it to $3,950 that’s even better!

To thank you for your help in getting there we have put together some great pledge rewards for you. A big thank you goes out to Shortland Street for providing some vintage memorabilia, and also to The Women's Bookshop in Ponsonby for their book vouchers.

You'll also get the chance to sit in on a rehearsal and have tea & scones with the cast afterwards. Date to be confirmed shortly.



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Meet the cast

07/08/2013 at 8:04 AM

With one week to go, we wanted to introduce you to the cast who are eager to start rehearsals next week.

Thank you so much to all the support so far. We're still not there yet, but we're close. Even just sharing the page helps.

We've also go a new Facebook page up where you can keep an eye on us. We'll be posting updates, pics of rehearsals, ticket giveaways and articles as we get closer to the show.

https://www.facebook.com/GweninPurgatory?fref=ts

Thanks again!

Twist Productions - Kathy, Mark & Marion



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    Ruth Connor
    2013-07-17 17:03:49 +1200
    Grey Lynn
    2013-07-17 16:40:09 +1200

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    Gwen In Purgatory

    Project 2013-07-04 03:07:46 +1200

    We are Twist Productions and are asking for your help to raise money for our production of Gwen In Purgatory by acclaimed Australian playwright Tommy Murphy. 

    Leading the cast in this bittersweet comedy is Elizabeth McRae, best known for her much loved, long-running role as Marj on "Shortland Street". It will be directed by award winning director  Katherine McRae, who also happens to be Elizabeth's daughter. Filling out the talented cast are Michele Hine, Bruce Phillips, Ryan Richards and Tawanda Manyimo.

    The New Zealand premiere of Gwen in Purgatory will be performed at TAPAC, The Auckland Performing Arts Centre, Western Springs, from 12th - 29th September 2013. Tommy Murphy is best known for Holding the Man – a sellout show for Silo Theatre in 2009.

    Link to ticket and dates information at TAPAC

    The Play

    Family, faith & technology. Three things that should help ninety year-olds through their twilight years. But Gwen can’t get any of hers to work properly.

    Her kids have sold her house and moved her into a soulless subdivision. Now they’ve gathered to welcome Gwen to her new home by bickering, rewriting history and jockeying for advantage.

    Gwen is eager to have the new house blessed but Father Ezekiel isn’t what she had in mind. The young Nigerian priest is stuck in the same suburban wilderness struggling to connect with locals, family and the internet.

    Which brings us to technology and Gwen’s new home is stuffed with it. She is besieged by bewildering gadgets, labour-sucking mod-cons and an army of remote controls.

    All Gwen really wants is someone to take her for a final game of tennis.


    Gwen in Purgatory won Best Play: Western Australian Premier's Literary Awards 2011.

    "Gwen in Purgatory is a play for and about us all. It is warm, funny, sad, tragic, poignant, moving and unsettling" 

    - Curtain Call (Australia)

    The Production

    Our creative team is set designer Rachael Walker, sound designer Andrew McMillan, lighting designer Michael Craven and producers Mark Prebble and Marion Shortt. 

    Auckland Council have recognised the value of this production with an Arts Alive grant to help cover a small wage four our actors through rehearsals, marketing & publicity, costume and design. TAPAC has sponsored the show with reduced venue charges and marketing support.

    But this still doesn’t cover all our costs to bring you a high quality awesome night of theatre. 

    This is Twist’s first production as an independent theatre company. We don’t have the infrastructure in place that an established theatre company has, so first time round things cost more.

    The costs your support goes towards

    There are some not-so-glamourous, unavoidable costs such as rehearsal space hireage,  public liability insurance, script printing and licensing rights to the play. These are all upfront costs that need to be paid in advance of rehearsals starting mid August.

    Rehearsal space hire for 4 weeks

    $1400

    Advance on Licensing Rights

    $2000

    Public Liability Insurance

      $400

    Script printing for cast & production

      $150

    TOTAL
    $3950

    While our $3,500 target doesn’t fully cover these costs, it certainly takes a hefty chunk off .... and IF we make it to $3,950 that’s even better!

    To thank you for your help in getting there we have put together some great pledge rewards for you. A big thank you goes out to Shortland Street for providing some vintage memorabilia, and also to The Women's Bookshop in Ponsonby for their book vouchers.

    You'll also get the chance to sit in on a rehearsal and have tea & scones with the cast afterwards. Date to be confirmed shortly.



    Comments

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    Meet the cast

    07/08/2013 at 8:04 AM

    With one week to go, we wanted to introduce you to the cast who are eager to start rehearsals next week.

    Thank you so much to all the support so far. We're still not there yet, but we're close. Even just sharing the page helps.

    We've also go a new Facebook page up where you can keep an eye on us. We'll be posting updates, pics of rehearsals, ticket giveaways and articles as we get closer to the show.

    https://www.facebook.com/GweninPurgatory?fref=ts

    Thanks again!

    Twist Productions - Kathy, Mark & Marion



      Ruth Connor
      2013-07-17 17:03:49 +1200
      Grey Lynn
      2013-07-17 16:40:09 +1200

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      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 13/08/2013 at 6:55 PM.