NO HOLDS BARD IN HAWKE'S BAY
Michael will perform his solo show at Hawke's Bay Arts Festival, 10 October 2016, 7:30 p.m. (book)
Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final "dark night of the soul". The problem is, his demons are as crazy as he is.
A glorious tour de force in which four of Shakespeare's greatest creations (a foul-mouthed Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all Othello, and a really hungry King Lear) come kicking and screaming into the bursting, deranged brain of a single man. An outrageous and at times profound view into one actor's attempt at self-destruction.
Edinburgh Spotlight: " … a tsunami of a performance … feats of physical and mental ingenuity. It elicits gasps as well as laughs, and shifts acrobatically between comedy of an almost stand-up nature and emotionally-rooted tragedy. A breath of fresh Shakespeare air and a comedic head-bashing all in one!"
Michael was on Jesse Mulligan's show on Radio NZ on 13 September talking No Holds Bard, including doing a but of diakogue from the show. He also talks anout directing the short film Balloons.
Click here for the No Holds Bard website.
JENNIFER IS DONNA RAFFERTY IN DIRTY LAUNDRY
Jennifer is heading up the cast of the new drama series Dirty Laundry, which is airing Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. Victoria MacCulloch, Tim Carlsen, and Tai Berdinner-Blades play her children.
From the New Zealand Herald:
"In the series, Ward-Lealand's character Donna has been channelling ill-gotten gains through various busniesses for years, but when the police cart her off to the slammer, the revelation mum is a doyenne of crime comes as a complete surprise to her family.
"The shell-shocked Raffertys are left to fend for themselves and face the possibility they can't afford their comfortable middle-class lifestyle".
Click here for the whole article.
Watch the trailer below:
JENNIFER IN AUCKWARD LOVE
Jennifer plays Barbara in episodes 2.1 and 2.5 of webseries Auckward Love.
The show premiered on TVNZ On Demand on 22 September 2016. Click here to watch.
MICHAEL DIRECTED 800 WORDS
Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14 of 800 Words. The show is airing in Australia Tuesdays at 8:45 p.m. on Channel 7. The series will be shown at a later date in New Zealand.
800 Words is produced by South Pacific Pictures/Seven Productions. It stars Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, and Benso Jack Anthony. Click here for info.
MICHAEL DIRECTING SHORT FILM FOR THE ACTORS' PROGRAM
Michael is directing Balloons, The Actors' Program short film for 2016, in September 2016. It is written by former Actors' Program alum Jess Sayer, and produced by votre arme.
WESTSIDE NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD
Season 2 of Westside was released on dvd 18 August 2016. Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8.
MICHAEL NARRATED OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD
Michael narrated the documentary series Our Big Blue Backyard which explores unique marine locations around New Zealand's coastline. Season 2 will air Sundays at 7:30 p.m. on TVOne beginning 30 October 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Click here for the show's Facebook page.
JENNIFER AND MICHAEL GUEST STAR ON TERRY TEO
Jennifer plays Barbara Bertinelli in the third episode of Terry Teo, a revival of the classic Kiwi TV show. Michael plays Cornelius Jones in the fourth episode.
They will be available on TVNZ On Demand beginning Tuesday 19 July 2016, and will be shown on TV2 later in the year. The first two episodes are available from 12 July; click here to watch.
Review: "Terry Teo is an effortless reboot that's perfectly pitched for its modern audience and the old-school fans. It pulls off the neat trick of being both familiar and new. It's a winner".
MICHAEL IN HIGH ROAD
In May Michael did a guest role for the third season of High Road web series. Click here for info and to watch the first two seasons.
MICHAEL VOICES CAPTAIN REINER IN LOST HOPE
Michael is the voice of Captain Reiner in animated sci-fi comedy Lost Hope. The series is in development. Click here for more about Lost Hope.