Kerryn Palmer, Director.
Black November 1918 is Kerryn’s fifth large-group devising production at Victoria University. ( Adrift, My Shout- Another Round at The Thistle Inn, Moonlight, In The Attic) She loves experimenting with different theatrical forms and discovering unique ways to portray New Zealand’s historical events. Black November 1918 is especially significant, as it was motivated by the death of her Great Grandparents Willam and Ethel Jeffreys in the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. In 2013 Kerryn and writer and Co-collaborator Rachel Callinan, presented Pandemic for The BATS STAB festival. The students of THEA 301 were inspired by and responded to the script of Pandemic and did subsequent research and devising to create their own response to New Zealand’s worst public health disaster. Black November 2018– is the result of a unique and invigorating collaboration between Kerryn, the class of 301, three interns from the MFA programme, and several other staff members and technicians within the theatre programme. Kerryn has loved working with this extraordinarily motivated group of students.
Lucas Neal is a Wellington based designer known for his work designing sets for shows such as Yellow Face, Marine Snow and I Am Not Margaret Mahy. He has a Masters of Fine Arts in theatre from Victoria University of Wellington and in 2017 was awarded The Willem Wassenaar Most Promising Newcomer Award at the Wellington Theatre Awards. Lucas is currently tutoring theatre design at Victoria University.
Ingrid is a multi-disciplinarian artist from Wellington. She currently works as a videographer for Barbarian Productions and performs around town with her original band Ingrid and the Ministers. She is very excited that this show is a promenade piece and will take the audience through different spaces all containing different energies and atmospheres.
Emma Maguire is a Masters in Creative Practise (Theatre) student at Vic, and is interning on this show as part of her degree. In Black November 1918, Emma is working as the Production Manager/Assistant Director/generalised gofer. She’s been doing theatre for a while now but has found it incredibly exciting to be gifted such an important role in this crew. The influenza pandemic was a horrifying time in New Zealand history and it’s been fascinating to explore the potential future ramifications from it.
Sam Tippet is an all-around theatre practitioner and a recent graduate from the Masters of Fine Arts (CP) at Victoria University with a Theatre major. She is working on this production as the stage manager after numerous years working with director Kerryn Palmer on various different productions. She is currently working as a Technical Assistant for the theatre department at Vic and loves to explore all sides of theatre production onstage or off. Sam would like to acknowledge the entire cast and crew of this production and all their hours spent in the theatre creating this work they are all so passionate about. She can’t wait to see all this work pay off in performances. Much love all round!
Hannah Banks has been working as a performer, producer, writer and director in the New Zealand theatre industry since 2007. She holds a BA Hons (1st Class) in Theatre and English from Victoria University. She is also one of the founders and creative directors of My Accomplice. Since 2009 the company have made fifteen shows together, including the Fringe award-winning A Play About Space (2013) and Joseph K (2013) by Tom Basden. In 2014 she directed and co-wrote Everything is Surrounded by Water which won Best Solo at the New Zealand Fringe Festival and was nominated for Outstanding New New Zealand Play at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. Also in 2014 Banks won The Richard Campion Accolade for Outstanding Performance at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for her performance in the My Accomplice STAB Production of WATCH, which re-opened BATS Theatre at its original Kent Tce home. She is currently tutoring in the Theatre Programme at Victoria University and just recently completed her PhD about women in devised theatre in New Zealand.
Joel Rudolph is a theatre practitioner and musician nearing the end of his MFA (CP) in theatre at Victoria University of Wellington. Originally a music student, he was lured away to the theatre department where he eventually stayed through to postgraduate level. Having worked with Kerryn Palmer on several occasions beforehand, Joel is working on this project as a dramaturge having spent the last few months researching the impact the 1918 Influenza Pandemic had on Te Ao Māori, and then assisting the company in weaving that material into the work. With the pandemic killing approximately five-percent of the Māori population, this was truly a tragic time in New Zealand’s history. Joel has felt privileged to sit in on rehearsals, watching the company create an incredible piece of theatre, and is very excited to see all that hard work succeed in performance.