Bright, chaotic, beautiful, fun and a little bit provocative – that’s Christchurch’s Two Productions theatre company.
The company’s co-artistic directors Holly Chappell and Tom Eason are on a mission to grow and foster the city’s theatre scene and see it become a hub for innovative works.
And to help in their mission, they’re leading a vibrant foot parade of merriment and around the Arts Centre’s Midwinter Carnival on 24 and 25 August 2018.
“We are always inspired by what we think needs to be said in the world at the moment, particularly to young people and people our age,” says Holly.
“We are always asking how we can make theatre that inspires our audience to want to make our world a better place. We make works that feel both anarchic and accessible.”
The pair – who have a beautiful, light-filled studio in the Arts Centre filled with instruments, rope, balls, craft supplies, bamboo sticks and butcher’s paper – began making theatre together when they were teenagers after meeting at Original Scripts Theatre School, which is co-owned by Holly’s mother.
They then studied at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in Wellington, worked in the capital and Auckland for a few years and then moved back home to launch Two Productions.
Holly says the company’s reinterpretation of Moby Dick in the Arts Centre’s Great Hall and The Little Prince for the Anthony Harper Summer Theatre series have been big highlights thus far, as have been its mentorship programme and scratch nights.
“We also have held an emerging artist hui, which was really exciting. Anything that activates our community drives us!”
Find out more information about the Midwinter Carnival here.