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HABYT

Hawkes Bay’s premier training program for young aspiring performers and theatre makers, offering a year long program of Masterclasses, productions and exposure to professional theatre opportunities.

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Over the Top

Hawkes Bay, Tickets are now on sale! Adults $24. Children (Primary and Secondary students) $12. These are available from Wardini Books, Havelock North and Napier and online. Click below if you wish to purchase online.

‘Over the Top’ by Amanda Jackson

Over the Top  was commissioned by HaBYT in 2015. Amanda carried out extensive research into stories of families who lived in Hawkes Bay whose sons and daughters enlisted in WW1.The play is based on those stories. First directed by Daniel Betty, the show played at the Napier City Council Chambers as well as a number of schools. Proceeds from the Napier public shows went to the Napier RSA. This production was shortlisted for a Ministry of Youth Development Anzac award in 2015.

‘Over the Top’ will have some developments with new insights and characters being added for the 2017 season by Amanda Jackson. Directed by Peter Cottrell and assisted by Champa Maciel, the play will incorporate physical theatre  to support the scene work.

2017 Dates:

Hawkes Bay:

Tickets: $24 Adults. $12 Children (All primary and secondary students)

Thurs 29 June Taradale RSA (Purchase tickets directly from the RSA or online below) $10 of every Adult ticket sold goes to the RSA.

Fri June 30 Playhouse Theatre, cnr Hastings and Alexander St’s, Hastings 7pm (Available from Wardini books or online below)

Sat July 1 Century Theatre, (MTG), Herschell St, Napier 7pm (Available from Wardini books or online below)

Christchurch:

Isaac Theatre Royal July 7 at 11am. Tickets: Koha (donation) entry. All proceeds going to the Christchurch RSA. If a school group, please click buy tickets to reserve.

Brisbane:

July 7 – 17 – touring schools.

Backbone Youth Arts Tues 11 July 6pm. Adults $10, Students $5. Cash at the door.

Please contact juliet@thedramaworkshop.co.nz for more information.

Here’s the link to the facebook page with more info.

The HaBYT students meeting students in Brisbane from the Qld Academy of Creative Industries.

About

HaBYT is Hawke’s Bay’s own theatre training company for dedicated young theatre-makers aged from 15 to the early twenties.

Since its inception, HaBYT has produced over 50 plays ranging from the classics to contemporary New Zealand theatre.

HaBYT’s aim is to teach advanced drama skills through its year round programme of productions, workshops and exposure to professional theatre locally and further afield. Admission to the training company is by audition.

2017 classes:

  • Tuesdays – The Green Room, Havelock North 6.30 – 8.30pm (This class is full and is made up of those students selected for the 2017 Australian tour of ‘Over the Top’ by Amanda Jackson).
  • Wednesday nights 6pm- 8pm The Green Room, Havelock North. (Taking expressions of interest now for auditions for this class – see button below. Current HabYT students please re-enrol here too).
  • Thursday nights 6.30 – 8.30pm, The Studio, Napier. (A new class for 2017, auditioning now!).

Cost: $200 per term.

Enquire below to see how you can be involved or fill out the on-line enrolment form and we’ll be back in touch soon.

 

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Recent Work

In July 2016, we commissioned Daniel Betty to write a play for our tour to Brisbane, Australia. We had a season in Hawkes Bay before presenting at UNITEC Auckland on our way to Brisbane.

When in Brisbane, we performed at a number of schools, youth theatres and education centres. The tour was immensely successful for both personal and professional growth for all concerned and we look forward to the 2017 tour with glee!

About the play:

One World, right?

Is it really? Why is it that we continue to push not only each other but our world to its limits? Who is in control? Should we want to be in control?

Tahi Ao (One World) is a confronting but humorous morality play and explores these questions deeply. Twelve teenagers have worked collaboratively with Directors Daniel Betty and Peter Cottrell to discuss issues like; Surviving, consumerism, religion, refugees, ownership, narcissism, bullying and much more. These issues are explored with humility and humour and the actors are challenged to work with truth.

The Gods, Mother Earth, and Father Sky have been pulled apart by their children. As their love has been challenged light floods the Earth and life explodes. The Gods struggle with Human existence and how they are affecting the world we live in. They observe the hardships and inner struggles through 15 characters telling their intimate confessions. This breaking of the fourth wall challenges the
audience into questioning why we do these things to ourselves or why do the Gods allow it?

Tahi Ao is a physical theatre piece and allows the chorus to enhance each character using a multitude of theatrical conventions. By using a mixture of poetry, prose, silence, and soundscape the audience will be riveted as they are pulled along this emotional roller-coaster.

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History

HaBYT was established as a charitable trust in 2003 by director and teacher Ken Keys, also well known as the founder of the National Youth Drama School (NYDS).

Between 2003 and 2013, Ken produced and directed over 50 productions for HaBYT while teaching Hawkes Bay’s fresh young talent advanced theatre skills. A number of former HaBYT members have gone on to train as actors and technicians at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School and other tertiary theatre training providers.

Ken retired as director in early 2013, passing directorship to Andy Brigden, while retaining a seat on the HaBYT Board of Trustees. 2015 saw the advent of the new face of HabYT – well known Hawkes Bay Drama teacher and actor, Peter Cottrell. The Drama Workshop run by Peter and his wife Juliet, now administer and oversee HaBYT. The future of HaBYT is very exciting as we connect with industry professionals locally, nationally and internationally to bring the very best of theatre experiences to young people in Hawkes Bay.

See the blog below for past productions and the latest news.

The Tutors

We’ve built up a team of tutors with a wide range of skills.

  • Peter Cottrell
  • Daniel Betty
  • Kate Tarrant
  • Champa Maciel

Visit our team page below to learn more about them.

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2017 Australian Tour

‘Over the Top’ by Amanda Jackson

Over the Top  was commissioned by HaBYT in 2015. Amanda carried out extensive research into stories of families who lived in Hawkes Bay whose sons and daughters enlisted in WW1.The play is based on those stories. First directed by Daniel Betty, the show played at the Napier City Council Chambers as well as a number of schools. Proceeds from the Napier public shows went to the Napier RSA. This production was shortlisted for a Ministry of Youth Development Anzac award in 2015.

‘Over the Top’ will have some developments with new insights and characters being added for the 2017 season by Amanda Jackson. Directed by Peter Cottrell and assisted by Champa Maciel, the play will incorporate physical theatre and projected image to support the scene work.

2017 Dates:

Hawkes Bay: June 29 – July 1

Christchurch: Isaac Theatre Royal July 7 at 11am.

Australia: July 7 – 17.