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Trees Beneath The Lake


Tue 23 Sep 2014, 6:30pm
Wed 24 Sep 2014, 6:30pm
Thu 25 Sep 2014, 8:00pm
Fri 26 Sep 2014, 8:00pm
Sat 27 Sep 2014, 8:00pm

Where: Maidment Theatre, 8 Alfred St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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In the aftermath of the global recession, former golden boy William Campbell's political dreams and financial practices have hit the rocks. Facing an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, he returns to his mother Nieve's Central Otago home in a last-ditch effort to salvage his marriage, fortune and reputation. However, the place is not what it used to be. Years ago the Campbells lost their battle to save the family orchard from being flooded beneath the waters of the Clyde Dam. Now, as Nieve's family reconvenes to fight for their future, the fiercely-proud matriarch accidentally shines a devastating new light on their past.

Arthur Meek is one of the most exciting new voices in New Zealand theatre. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Bruce Mason Award for Playwriting and, in the same year, became the third recipient of the Harriet Friedlander New York Residency. In 2011, his play On the Upside Down of the World was presented as part of Auckland Theatre Company's main bill and continues to tour arts festivals locally and throughout the world.

In this world première, past and present collide and startling revelations rip through genteel pleasantries, as a family steels itself once more for a fight to hold onto the past. The Trees Beneath the Lake examines the fictions we tell ourselves and those we love in order to keep our personal stocks high. Urgent, relevant and dramatic.

"Arthur Meek is one of the bright stars of New Zealand playwriting. This smart, powerful and compelling new work we've commissioned from him questions what happens to the inhabitants of a small nation who risk everything to dream big." - Colin McColl

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