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Wed 22 Nov 2017, 6:30pm–8:30pm

Where: The Old Stone Butter Factory, 8 Butter Factory Lane, Whangarei

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Early Bird Admission: $23.00 ($20.00 + $3.00 fees)
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Listed by: Hannah White

Through-lines: an evening focused on the ways we are connected through the generations for better and worse. (And Fundraiser for Zir Productions’ newest play Blood Relative).

Through-lines are the invisible threads that bind stories together. They are the connections that give meaning and relationship to sometimes seemingly unrelated plot points or characters. For an actor, it’s their character’s driving force.

We all come into adulthood with through-lines. Sometimes they are known to us, and sometimes they are a mysterious bi-product of our culture, community, and family, inherited by disposition or by example. What we don’t always know is how they connect us beyond ourselves, into the past and the future.

Blood Relative by writer/performer Ren Lunicke is a new play in development for 2018 about intergenerational relationships, death, fertility, and all the ways we create a sense of family for ourselves. With an opening season in January 2018 and a following international tour, Ren would like to bring this show to Fringe Festivals in New Zealand and abroad as free performances in elder housing facilities.

Through-Lines is a fundraiser for the New Zealand portion of the tour.

This event will feature a panel of local Whangarei speakers on the subjects of birth, death, and all the ways we are connected in-between, including:

- Jane Cunningham, Artist & Death Midwife
- Tracy Cartwright, Family Constellations Facilitator
- NZ Family Planning Experts,
- Megan Bowers-vette, “us” Project
- Brett Matthew Ruys, Slam Poet
- Ren Lunicke, Zir Productions and more.

$20 includes one complimentary beverage and a variety of sweet bites. Guest are encouraged to bring extra cash for raffles and door prizes, or simply to donate to the campaign.

More on the speakers:
Jane Cunningham is a northland artist who teaches a number of ‘personal growth through creativity’ courses at the Quarry Arts Centre. She has been working to change the culture around death and dying towards a more honest, holistic, home-based, and community-oriented approach that brings intimacy and connection to the dying process.

Tracy Cartwright is a Family Constellations Facilitator, which is a therapeutic model which works to address unresolved multi-generational trauma, agreements, and beliefs that are passed down from one generation to the next by addressing their impact on the lives of participants.

Laura Henderson is a clinician at Whangarei’s NZ Family Planning Clinic. They provide sexual and reproductive health services to individuals and couples.

Megan Bowers-Vette is a Whangarei-based photographer who recently created and published the “Us” Project, a large portfolio of stories and portraits of survivors of assault from around the country.

Brett Matthew Ruys is a Whangarei Slam Poet Champion, animator, and improv artist. He is also very funny.

Ren Lunicke is an award-winning Whangarei-based writer/performer/producer who tours internationally with solo autobiographical plays and comedy. They most recently produced “Ze”: queer as f**k! and I’m an Apache Attack Helicopter. Their company is called Zir Productions.

Others to be announced.

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