Tagged: acting

Michael Hurst Talks Sex

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“Creative Mornings” is a monthly forum (and a must) for anyone who wants to collaborate, listen, observe, assimilate, network or grow from the content of the speakers, and the people that attend.

Hosted at Q Theatre in the ‘Lounge’ with complimentary water from “Antipodes” and the coffee was “Supreme” – don’t mind if I do.

Michael Hurst spoke enthusiastically about directing ‘sex’ on stage and film, with the key subject matter being “Chicago” produced by Auckland Theatre Company and of course “Hercules” and “Spartacus”.

“When do we cross the line?” Michael spoke about what you can and can’t do on set and stage, for example an actor can suck a nipple however there can be no contact with teeth. Fair enough? Why is that? Too erotic, health and safety issue, or maybe it’s a legal matter. Interesting one.

He spoke about the difficulties with contractual obligations with actors and full nudity being a stumbling block. Also, directing scenes in “Spartacus” with male actors and using prosthetics when necessary.

Never mind the relationship issues it can cause the actor when they go home to their partner? How do they deal with this? In my experience there are rules between couples and obviously insurmountable trust. Break it and you lose the love of your life.

Great subject matter at any time of the day!

Play Reading: Whore

Let the storytelling begin!

‘Whore’ is a collection of monologues based on true events; about sex workers who live in Auckland, New Zealand. After extensive research, meetings and interviews; the work can (now) start.

The stories have unique titles called: Illegal Migrant, ‘Married Woman’, ‘Transgender’, ‘Underage Sex Worker’, ‘Rent Boy’ and ‘Refugee’. Performing in late May, in an alternative space: ‘charlatan clinic style’.

The cast involved: Rebecca Parr, Lee Ah Yen Faatoia and Geraldine Creff.

This project is in collaboration with up to 20 ‘creative’ people, and I am excited to be leading this process.

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Betrayal with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall: Photographs

One of my favourite ‘Pinter’ plays.

New York Theater

Here are the production photographs of Daniel Craig, (his real-life wife) Rachel Weisz, and Rafe Spall starring on Broadway in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, a tale of adultery that goes backward in time, directed by Mike Nichols.  Opening night is Sunday, October 27 at the Barrymore Theater, and the play is set to run through January 5, 2014.

TRAYAL originally premiered at London’s National Theatre in 1978.

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Living And Breathing Theatre

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Starting a new project is always exhilarating.

Working collaboratively with a small team, to create performance art.

‘salt’ may potentially, also be a short film soon.

I am consumed by the characters (Henry & Lilly) and their lives, and their stories.

I will share my experience with you through the platform of social media, film, radio, print and experiential events.

Let the journey begin!

Where Do You Think?

Normally my most cherished thoughts, randomly arrive when I am driving, having a shower, or talking to someone about something else. I ponder a lot, when I write a play. The story needs to marinate in my head for ages, developing, and changes daily. The characters need to have names, and personalities. No faces.

Writing can be perceived as selfish – as you need space, and more space. Probably that is why I can be aloof, buried in my imagination. Creating ideas, that become a story, then a reality. Or not. Depending on the storytelling.

I love theatre.

“Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.” – Harold Pinter

Rehearsal

Melissa Fergusson from PlaySix

Working in a black box (bare stage) with my actors and script in hand, is utter perfection. Today we travelled far into the cohesive collaborative workspace, that I call home. A new play called ‘Death of Caesar’ by Alex Broun, explores a play, within a play. Actors torn between real time experiences and their performance. Two worlds colliding, everything is at stake, including the heart. Just completed an interview with Australian Theatre, should be available online soon. Melbourne has a strong theatre culture, that consumes me. More rehearsals in the park tomorrow. Theatre is my first love. Pure hedonism.