Napier Repertory Players are soon to be presenting two thought-provoking, award-winning one-act plays, performed on one night.

First, Jonathan Smith MNZM is bringing us “100”. This is a strikingly original play combining traditional storytelling with physical theatre.

Imagine that you must choose one single memory from your life,

Imagine that choosing this memory is your only way of passing through to eternity,

Imagine that you have just one hour to choose….

“100” was first performed at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it won a Fringe First Award. This play combines an incredible amount into one hour – a philosophical treatise, a comedy, a piece of physical theatre and one not to be missed.

Napier Repertory’s Youth production will this year (as last year) be presented by a Youth director. Jack Hulls will be making his directorial debut with “Forward To The Right”, a play which won Best Original Play and Best Production awards at the Ontario One-Act Play Festival.

The story centres on a French female prisoner (Joan of Arc) and her English guard. It explores the effect her spirit had on people around her – in this case, her prison guard – and the consequences for them both of holding firm to their convictions. This moving play is ultimately about truth and how conviction about it and commitment to it affects people.

Glenn Cook, Napier Repertory’s president, says, “Make sure you support our up-and-coming theatre talent by attending what is shaping to be a thought-provoking and moving piece of drama.”

He is keen to let readers know that both of these one-act plays will be entered into the 2021 TheatreFest competition, with the Hawke’s Bay round also being held at The Little Theatre on August 14-15.

More about Napier Rep

A variety of theatre productions are presented by Napier Rep each year, including its very well known for annual production for the Hawke’s Bay Art Deco Festival. They bring some unusual and quite challenging studio productions that are designed to foster growth in our adult performers and showcase new directors.  The Youth Productions are developed to encourage and support young local talent to further themselves in the performing arts.

Napier Repertory Players Inc, based at The Little Theatre in McGrath Street, is one of the longest running community theatre groups in the Hawke’s Bay region. It’s a not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 1933.

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