11 February – 4 March
We open our 2017 season with an exciting new play My Dad’s Boy by award-winning twentysomething playwright Finnius Teppett. Peter used to play for Otago and in 1985 despite a loss to the Lions in the House of Pain he came close to joining David Kirk’s All Blacks. Honest! Life hasn’t really been as simple since. His son is a chip off the old block in a 2017 kind of way. While he’s writing this play about his Dad he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant. Men, their myths and realities fuel this richly honest kiwi comedy.
My Dad’s Boy is hitting the road this March! With seven stops across Otago and Southland we’re sure to be in a town near you.
7 March – Tapanui – West Otago Community Centre – Bookings: http://bit.ly/2kOKjtL
8-9 March – Invercargill – Invercargill Repertory Theatre – Bookings: http://bit.ly/2kXNgcu
10 March – Arrowtown – Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall – Bookings: http://bit.ly/2lZ7wi8
12 March – Bannockburn – Bannockburn Hall – Bookings: Cromwell i-Site
13 March – Wanaka – Lake Wanaka Centre – Bookings: http://bit.ly/2mdiPPN
14 March – Alexandra – Alexandra Memorial Theatre – Bookings: Alexandra i-Site
15 March – Ranfurly – Ranfurly Town Hall – Bookings: Ranfurly i-Site
By Finnius Teppett
Above: Local Larrikins | Peter King – designer and builder and George Wallace – designer and stage manager
Finnius Teppett is a writer from Wellington. His plays have been produced in New Zealand, Australia, and the Philippines. He graduated from Victoria University's IIML with an MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting), and was awarded the Michael Hirschfeld scholarship. His play My Dad’s Boy was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for the 2016 Adam NZ Play Award, and also won an international playwriting competition which saw it workshopped at the Against The Grain theatre festival in Buffalo, New York
Alex Wilson is an actor, director and improviser. After graduating University of Otago in 2012, he established ‘Counterpoint’ which aimed to provide a professional and supportive environment for young theatre makers to hone their skills. He won the 2012 Dunedin Theatre Awards ‘Emerging Artist’ award for his efforts. In 2013 he directed Sheep and This Is Our Youth. Recently, Alex toured with Talking House productions with their production of Be:Longing. He also performed in Pupil Zero, winning the 2015 Dunedin Fringe Award for ‘Standout Performer’. Alex is also a member of the Fortune Theatre improv team, Improsaurus, who perform every fortnight in the theatre’s studio space. In 2014, he travelled with the troupe to perform in the AATC World Theatre Festival in Florida. In 2017 Alex will return to the University of Otago to begin his post-graduate studies in Theatre Studies.
A veteran of New Zealand theatre, television and film, Greg has appeared in numerous television productions including Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, Go Girls and Dirty Laundry. Greg's recent film credits include The Insatiable Moon, for which he won a 2012 AFTA award for 'Best Supporting Actor', and the recently released Abandoned and Mahana. His theatre credits are also extensive - Greg has appeared in productions throughout New Zealand, including a recent successful tour of Calendar Girls. Centrepoint audiences will remember Greg from his roles in Four Flat Whites in Italy, Penalties, Pints and Pirouettes, and The Motor Camp. Greg was shortlisted for 'Best New Writer' at the Script Writer Awards NZ 2015 for his short film Snowmen.
Anya Tate-Manning is a Wellington based performer, director and writer. Originally from Dunedin, Anya went to Logan Park High School and was taught drama by Denise Walsh. A graduate of Otago University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, Anya's first professional show was at the Otago Museum in 1999; Whaea Kairau, Mother Hundred Eater, directed by Richard Huber. Anya is a member of the cult hit show "Puppet Fiction"which has toured twice to the Edinburgh Fringe and throughout festivals in Australia and New Zealand. Other recent performance work includes The Devil’s Half Acre (NZ International Festival, Arts Festival Dunedin) An hour with Ackbar (NZ Comedy Festival), My Best Dead Friend (Perth Fringe) and Silo Theatre's Hudson and Halls (winner of Best Supporting Actress, Wellington Theatre Awards 2016). Last year she also performed at Glastonbury Festival with the Poetry Army and their acclaimed show Fiery Tongues and completed an MA in scriptwriting at the International Institute of Modern Letters. As a Director, Anya has made political satire every year in Wellington since 2010, with the show 'Public Service Announcements' and the No Fefe Collective. She also worked for five years on the Go Solo project at Toi Whakaari, facilitating students in their final year to make their first solo performance. She is thrilled to return to Fortune Theatre and her home town, to direct My Dad's Boy.
Abby Howells is an award winning comedian and writer. She was last seen at the Fortune Theatre in 2010’s production of Red Riding Hood as well as performing with improv troop, Improsaurus. Abby was a founding member of female comedy collective Discharge and has written and performed in five shows, including the musical 28 Days: A Period Piece and Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die. Benedict went on to have successful seasons in Wellington, Dunedin and Auckland and in 2014 won the Highly Commended Award in Playmarket’s B425 Competition. In 2014 Abby completed an MA in Scriptwriting at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters and won the Brad McGann Award for Film Writing for the screenplay she produced that year. While in Wellington Abby performed in two shows as part of the Wellington International Comedy Festival, Definitely Not The Babysitters Club and her one woman show Glocknid: Dwarf Warrior, for which she won the award for Best Newcomer. Most recently, Abby has been touring New Zealand and the UK performing with Trick of the Light Theatre and their show Beards! Beards! Beards! This has included seasons at Circa Theatre in Wellington, Arts Festivals in Nelson, Hawkes Bay and Salisbury and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her next play Attila the Hun will be performed at BATS Theatre in Wellington as part of the 2017 Young and Hungry Festival. Abby is delighted to be back in Dunedin, where she is currently working on a PhD at Otago University’s Theatre Studies Department.