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Rangitoto – A discussion with Geoffrey Clendon

September 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER, 1 – 2PM at the Depot Artspace alongside Martin Law Painter of Paradise exhibition.
RANGITOTO is to be staged at The Pumphouse in October 2021 followed by a season at Artworks Theatre Waiheke. Hear about Geoffrey’s creative process and inspiration as well as a short reading from the play.
The play RANGITOTO is set in the bach community on Rangitoto Island over the Christmas – New Year’s period, 1932 when New Zealand was in the grip of the Great Depression. It concerns perceived tensions among the ‘shackholders’ when economic hardship collided with a change in the ethos of the community.
Geoffrey’s aim in writing the play, besides providing an entertaining night at the theatre is to bring to life an important part of Auckland’s cultural heritage while giving the audience an opportunity to reflect upon not only what has been lost, but also upon the way certain values have endured across the decades.
Geoffrey Clendon:
Director, writer, actor and teacher. Geoffrey has had a life long love affair with Rangitoto Island having grown up on Milford Beach from where he sometimes rowed across to the island after school and would spend some of his holidays camping in a cave there.
While on the island he became fascinated by the idiosyncratic baches and some of the eccentric characters living in them. This coupled with further research has inspired him to write the play RANGITOTO.
He is presently a freelance theatre director, playwright, actor and teacher having just completed thirteen years as Head of Drama at Massey High School. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney. His acting career includes work at the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Court Theatre and Mercury Theatre. Film and television include Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, We’re Here to Help, Hercules, Xena and Shortland Street. Directing credits include The Tempest, The Caretaker and Woza Albert!
His writing credits include, for the stage It’s Just A Fly and short films Rise Up Stilt and Poroporoaki both filmed on Waiheke, which he also produced and directed. He gained an MA in creative writing from IIML Victoria University in 2004.


September 19, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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