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Live at Six


Tue 12 Nov 2013, 7:00pm
Wed 13 Nov 2013, 7:00pm
Thu 14 Nov 2013, 8:00pm
Fri 15 Nov 2013, 8:00pm
Sat 16 Nov 2013, 8:00pm

Where: Lower NZI Room, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: Elephant Publicity

Truth Is Overrated

Out Of Bounds and Show Pony present
Live At Six
By Dean Hewison and Leon Wadham

Set in the world of NZ television news, Live at Six is a comedy with a thriller edge. It tells the story of a news anchor, Jane Kenyon, (played by Jess Robinson) whose life and career is rocked when footage of her (apparently) misbehaving at a party goes viral.

The story is out, and the race is on for both her network and the competition to package the footage and the story. Whose version will the public believe – and more importantly, whose will they tune in to?

What set’s the production of Live At Six out however is it’s incorporate of on-the-fly footage, on-the night footage and a very real deadline. Each performance begins as the ‘incident’ occurs pre-show, captured by specially fitted security cameras. Audience members are also implored to use their smart phones to shoot the action and upload to the show crew.

As the story of journalists, presenters and executives plays out on stage, audiences can also watch each network’s editors scrambling to cut the footage to fir their own agenda. Interviews with audience members during the interval add to both the story and the challenge for the editors. At the end of the show, the audience sees both versions of the broadcast story, built with that night’s footage – is it factual or is it ‘entertainment’?

Alongside the technical wizardry is a script full of wit and insight. The pressure cooker atmosphere of the newsroom tests loyalties and friendships both within and across the networks, and at the centre of it all; Jane Kenyon must face the nation.

Live at Six grew out of Dean Hewison and Leon Wadham’s experience manipulating footage in the editing room. Originally conceived as reality TV, the shift to world news came from the realization everyone knows the ‘fakery’ their original format, but not from trusted news broadcasts that can be equally open to manipulation. Originally premiering in 2009 as a STAB commission, Dean and Leon have significantly developed the show in response to the rise of the “iPhone Generation.”

“A polished and entertaining satire” – Dominion Post, 2013

Live At Six Plays
Nelson: Theatre Royal, 25th and 26th October, 7:30pm (bookings: - $20 - $48)
Tauranga: Baycourt Theatre, 30th and 31st October, 8:30pm (bookings: - $25 - $40)
Auckland: Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, 12th – 16th November, time
(bookings: – prices)

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