Q Time Capsule

On Saturday 19 June 2010 Q held a workshop entitled, ‘The Part We Play’ with year 11-13 school students from all over Auckland that aimed to link passionate students with industry professionals. Lead by Massive Company, the workshop was also supported by prominent actors including Michael Hurst, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Charlie McDermott, Beth Allen and Ian Hughes.

The devising workshop featured an excerpt of Massive Company’s ‘The Girl’s Show’ where former Shortland Street actor Nicole Thomson performed a piece about Central Auckland and performers Loretta Aukuso, Olive Momoisea and Tuyet Nguyen shared their experiences of growing up in South Auckland. From this, the students were encouraged to create work about their own homes and families to present in dynamic, imaginative ways. Sam Scott, Artistic Director of Massive Company was blown away by the work that was produced, “I have never seen a group grow so quickly over one day,” she says.

At the end of the day, each of the students and actors recorded a one minute video clip of their hopes for their own futures and the future of theatre in New Zealand. These clips were then placed into a time capsule which is ready to be embedded into the walls of the theatre.

On Thursday 10 March 2011, just six months before Q’s opening, the time capsule was placed into the walls of Q and Q patron Michael Hurst, actor Ian Hughes and Papakura High School student Duncan Armstrong, who contributed to the time capsule, were on site to mark the moment. The time capsule position is marked by a framed photo and signed note for all the incoming artists to see.

In 10 years time all those involved will be invited to Q to reveal and watch the video. Michael Hurst says he is looking forward to walking past the photo when he is backstage and counting down to the year 2020 when the wall will be opened up to retrieve its contents. Ian Hughes agrees that it is “a great way to keep the history alive. And having the photo displayed on such a visible wall will allow people to walk past every day and be intrigued as to the time capsule’s contents.”

Each video within the time capsule is unique. Duncan Armstrong recorded his message through a self-choreographed contemporary dance piece to his favourite song which was an expression of where he is, at this point in his life. While Duncan danced other students chose to perform a song or theatre excerpt. Many students simply spoke to their future selves about where they hope to be in 10 years time.

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