MICHAEL BRINGS NO HOLDS BARD BACK TO WAIHEKE
After selling out at Artworks Theatre in September, Michael is bringing No Holds Bard back on 27 and 28 January 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Click here to 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 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.
MICHAEL DIRECTED TATAU
Michael is the director of episodes 6 and 7 of the BBC/South Pacific Pictures series Tatau. It has already been shown in the UK, and is now airing in New Zealand on Sundays on Prime. Episode 6 was shown on 15 January 2017 and episode 7 will be shown on 22 January.
MICHAEL DIRECTING 800 WORDS
Michael directed episodes 2.3, 2.4, 2.9, 2.10, 2.13 and 2.14 of 800 Words. It will be shown in January 2017 in New Zealand, the USA, and Australia.
USA: On Acorn TV beginning 16 January; click here to watch.
New Zealand: On TVNZ 1 beginning 22 January; click here to watch season 1.
Australia: The first half of the season was shown on Channel 7 in August-October 2016; the second half will return on 31 January 2017 (TBC).
From 20 February to 29 March 2017, Michael will direct episodes 3.3 and 3.4.
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 WESTSIDE
Michael is directing episodes 3, 4, 7, and 8 of the third season of Westside, from late October 2016 through January 2017.
Season 2 of Westside was released on dvd 18 August 2016. Michael directed 4 episodes.
MICHAEL TO PLAY SALIERI IN AMADEUS
Michael will play Salieri in Amadeus for Auckland Theatre Company, 2-17 May 2017 at ASB Waterfront Theatre, with Ross McCormack as Mozart, directed by Oliver Driver and with musical direction by Leon Radojkovic. Click here to book.
"In Vienne, music is the currency of power and Court Composer Antonio Salieri is the toast of the town. That is until the arrival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Confronted with true genius, Salieri is consumed with obsessive jealousy, declaring war on God for choosing to speak through this upstart and not him. His mediocrity becomes murderous as he sets out to destroy his potty-mouthed young rival and extinguish the spark of his divine talent.
"Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Play, Peter Shaffer's psychologically thrilling musical is one of the most famous acclaimed plays of the late twentieth century. With sweeping operatic theatricality, it juxtaposes the petty world of human excess and envy with the transcendent achievements of human artistry and passion".
JENNIFER IN VERMILION
Jennifer will play Darcy in feature film Vermilion, written and directed by Dorthe Scheffmann for MF Films, from late January thru April 2017.
MICHAEL NARRATED OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD – DVD NOW AVAILABLE
Michael was again the narrator for the second season of documentary series Our Big Blue Backyard, exploring six unique marine locations around New Zealand's coastline. Click here to buy the dvd.