NO HOLDS BARD IN AUCKLAND AND HAWKE'S BAY
Michael will perform his solo show at:
Titirangi Theatre, 16-17 September 2016, 7:30 p.m. (book)
Artworks Theatre, Waiheke, 23-24 September, 7:30 p.m. (book)
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!"
Click here for the No Holds Bard website.
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 will premiere in Australia Tuesday 23 August AT 8:45 p.m. on Channel 7, and 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 will direct The Actors' Program short film for 2016 on 6-10 September 2016. Details to be announced.
WESTSIDE NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD
Season 2 of Westside was released on 18 August 2016. Michael directed episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8.
JENNIFER SINGING WITH JUBILATION
Jennifer will sing with Jubilation a cappella gospel choir at Artworks Theatre, Waiheke, on 1 October 2016. Click here to book.
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".
JENNIFER IS DONNA RAFFERTY IN DIRTY LAUNDRY
Jennifer is heading up the cast of the new drama series Dirty Laundry, which was filmed in early 2016, to air on TVOne later this year. Tai Berdinner-Blades, Tim Carlsen, and Victoria MacCulloch are playing 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".
Watch an early trailer below:
Click here for the whole article.
JENNIFER IN AUCKWARD LOVE
Jennifer will play Barbara in episodes 2.1 and 2.5 of webseries Auckward Love, filmed in early June 2016.
Click here for info and to watch season 1.
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.
Jennifer will teach several workshops in coming months:
15 September 2016: Flying Solo, School of Music, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland
5-15 January 2017: Specialist tutor in musical theatre, New Zealand Singing School (Hawke's Bay); click here for info.
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.