Forget the theatre you know. Silo Theatre’s gravity-shifting 2020 season brings our country’s top talent to the stage to celebrate our most magnetic Pacific voices, to fearlessly tackle some difficult conversations, to find joy in our hardest moments and to come together, break bread, and hear stories that’ll etch themselves into your heart.
Featuring two internationally-renowned works and a new commision that brings together some of the most exciting and inventive theatre-makers in Aotearoa, this is a season that finds hope in the dark, and searches for a future to believe in.
05 - 15 March 2020, Q Theatre - Rangatira
UPU brings our most electric Pacific poetry to life by an all-star cast including Mia Blake, Nathaniel Lees, and Gaby Solomona. The world of Oceania is not small. From the energetic volcanoes of O'ahu to the wild tides of Aotearoa, she is borderless, vast, and growing bigger by the day. After decades of dismissal and disconnection, her children are closer than ever. It’s time for a reunion. From Ben Ben Brown, Karlo Mila, Albert Wendt and more: UPU celebrates our Oceanic trailblazers, the icons and the new writers transforming Aotearoa today.
Due to COVID-19 this production of The Writer will be deferred to the 2021 season.
The Writer is a cutting-edge, provocative new work born out of the #MeToo era from one of Britain’s most fearless writers, Ella Hickson. In it, a young writer and director meet: she’s furious about his latest play, calling it lazy, sexist and profane. He gets a kick out of arguing with her. He flirts. He condescends. He even offers her a job. But she wants more than he can possibly offer. She wants to change the world. And the world is about to change around her. The Writer stunned audiences in London and Silo is excited to have secured the international premiere of this groundbreaking work
Every Brilliant Thing
Due to COVID-19 our production of Every Brilliant Thing has been postponed to later in 2020. Dates are yet to be confirmed.
Every Brilliant Thing is a warm, deep hug of a play. A heart-exploding solo show about depression, loss, and finding all the beautiful things in life. Written by award-winning playwright Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, Macmillan says his reasons for writing the play are to communicate to people: “You’re not alone, you’re not weird, you will get through it, and you’ve just got to hold on..." Because there are plenty of brilliant things in the world, if you just know where to look.
Due to COVID-19 this production of Break Bread will be deferred to our 2021 season.
Rounding out the year is Break Bread, a new commission by Silo Theatre that brings together some of the most exciting and inventive theatre-makers in Aotearoa: Alice Canton (Other [Chinese]), Freya Finch (Shabbat Shalom and Thank You For Coming), and Leon Wadham (Giddy).
Break Bread will be an immersive and unmissable experience that dives into the traditions and rituals that hold our communities together. And hey, maybe you’ll pick up some kick-ass bread recipes on the way.