“What is our song?” she asked.
“Orphans and Bastards don’t have that kind of birthright” he replied.
(on) WHATIPU is a surrealistic and quirky mixed media journey through identity, immigration and grief. Nina encounters her dead relatives on Whatipu beach, the reunion she never expected and isn’t quite sure she wants. She ventures to unearth the skeletons of her past and move on to her future in the hope of finishing the song that she’s been working on for far too long.
Navi Collaborative’s third original play utilizes the magic of puppetry, live music, spoken word and film in an interdisciplinary exploration of self-knowledge. Set on the wild windswept shore of Whatipu, our New Zealand Immigrant digs her toes into the black sand of the long white cloud.
Devised By Navi Collaborative
Writer(s): Dawn Glover & Prema Cottingham
Director(s): Dawn Glover + Prema Cottingham
Producer(s): Courtney Eggleton & Taylor Griffin
Music: Lucas Haugh
Designer(s) & Operator: Michael Crave, Bonnie Warner-Blackburn, and Dawn Glover
Puppets By: Nicci Reuben, Ross Goffin, Ian Pearce, + Chocolate Lantern Theatre Co
DOP & Film Editor: Tom Grut
Production Team: Joshua Baty, Bonnie Warner-Blackburn, Joy Lee
Marketing Team: Joy Lee, Nicci Reuben, Emilie Rousseau
Nina: Dawn Glover
The Artist: Samuel James
The Immigrant: Carla Newton
The Inner Child: Annabelle Goffin
The Mother: Courtney Elizabeth Eggleton
The Musician: Lucas Haugh
The Orphan: Matthew J. Smith
The Whale: Nicci Reuben
The Ensemble: Joshua Baty, Sarah Gallagher, Joy Lee, Ian Pearce, Bonnie Warner Blackburn
Photos By Emilie Rousseau (from our Empire Studios Season)
Photos By Emilie Rousseau (from our Uxbridge Arts & Cultural Season)
We are thrilled to be once again be collaborating with our sister company, Chocolate Lantern (The Snot-Gobbler). Chocolate Lantern Theatre Company is a professional puppet theatre with a focus on imaginative and magical creations for kids 3-100 years old. Along with their original Theatre creations, Chocolate Lantern also runs drama programmes for pre-school through Intermediate age students. For more information about the creative world of Chocolate Lantern please follow this link.