The Annual Summer Brunch

This February our Q Heroes kicked off a year of adventurous theatre-going with an exclusive summer brunch, shared with Q staff and board, and a range of artists taking part in the Auckland Pride and Auckland Fringe Festival.

Visitor Services manager Jesse Wikiriwhi introduced our Heroes to the new breakfast menu, soon to be launched in the Citizen Q cafe from 8am every weekday. Amongst the temptations on offer was a new Breakfast salad, with Haloumi, Quinoa and poached eggs.

Once appetites had been nourished it was time for some food for the brain, as Q’s Chief Executive, James Wilson, led a panel discussion featuring some of the makers and practitioners who will be performing as part of the Pride and Fringe Festivals at Q.

The theme for the discussion was “Starting Points”- with each artist sharing an object or an image that was an inspiration or a provocation for the show they are making. Chris Parker (co-writer and star of Camping) chose a larger than life curly wig, which was the inspiration for Kura Forrester’s character in Camping, whilst the Blackbird Ensemble’s Claire Cowan shared how a chance discussion with a journalist about the delights of taking ‘nanna-naps’ led to her new show The Nannas and the Poppas.

Heroes then heard from Artistic Director of the Legacy Project, Bruce Brown, who gave some insight into how the works in the Legacy Project are selected, and why he created the show which is now in its fourth year of performances at the Pride Festival. Also on the panel was Theatre-maker Ben Anderson, explaining what audiences can expect from ‘supermarket apocalypse puppet-thriller’ The Last Man on Earth is Trapped in a Supermarket, and John Burrows, who invited audiences to be a part of a bespoke courier service, with the immersive Delivery #17.

With music from special guests The Nannas and the Poppas, our first annual Heroes Summer Brunch was a tantalising taster of some of the theatrical banquet in store at Q Theatre in 2017. This is just the first of a series of Heroes events this year that will take you behind the scenes at Q, and give you the opportunity to meet the artists and theatre-makers who will be lighting up our stages in 2017.

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