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Wed 19 Oct 2016, 12:30pm–1:30pm

Where: Massey University, Wallace St, Mt Cook, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Claire Grant

Actor- Storytellers Ralph Johnson and Tony Hopkins present extracts from their upcoming solo shows at BATS Theatre and talk about the process of developing personal stories for theatre.

Ralph Johnson: In 1978 Ralph left a career in teaching to become a freelance actor. He has since worked continually as an actor and director in theatres throughout New Zealand and appeared in numerous roles on both film and television. In the mid 80’s he trained at the Drama Action Centre in Sydney, and also fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a travelling storyteller.

Ralph has toured highly acclaimed two-handed versions of Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear and Othello to colleges throughout New Zealand. He is also a director with his work including Summer Shakespeare productions and is well known for his work as a Playback Theatre improviser and as a facilitator of Alternative to Violence programmes.

Tony Hopkins is an actor, poet, and storyteller of African and Cherokee descent, originally from Washington DC, now living in Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked as an actor on stage, screen and television in both Europe and throughout New Zealand and been in a number of award-winning shows. As a storyteller, Tony specialises in telling African and Native American legends and personal stories from his own life experiences. He also performs regularly at Wellington poetry and storytelling venues and helps organise the Wellington Storytellers collective. A co-founder of the Baggage Theatre co-op and chairman of Baggage Arts Charitable Trust, Tony also works as a casual host at Te Papa Tongarewa.

Theatre Lab - 5D14
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided!

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