Free Theatre Christchurch (est. 1979) is New Zealand's longest running producer of experimental theatre. The professional company serves as an interdisciplinary performance laboratory where artists work together to create innovative, high quality, performance work.

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As winter looks finally to make it's presence felt, we're pleased to offer something to warm you up this Friday night - The Devil & The Blues Ubu Night.

We've once again got together a brilliant team of musicians to collaborate with us. It will be the perfect way to welcome in the The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival, which we're hosting in The Gym 25-29 May. We'll be running Ubu's Bar for the festival and hope to see you there.
FrankensteinWe're five weeks out! Bookings available NOW:

“When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?”― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
 
17 June - 2 July, The Gym, 8pm

Free Theatre invites you to be part of one of the most exciting breakthroughs of modern times. Scientist and artist Dr Victor Frankenstein is on the brink of creating the perfect human being. With your generous support, we can take this final step and create a new Adam. Come and hear the Doctor talk about his remarkable discoveries and see the extraordinary prototypes that have led to this exciting possibility.

 
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In other news, Free Theatre founder and Artistic Director Peter Falkenberg has been invited as keynote speaker to the Australasian Drama Studies Conference in June. He'll present a paper "Theatre After an Earthquake: What's it Worth?", reflecting on Free Theatre's work in post-quake Christchurch. (Image right: Peter directing Orwell's 1984 in 1984 in the original Free Theatre in the Arts Centre).
Meanwhile, Marian McCurdy has had a book accepted for publication with Intellect. Based on her PhD thesis 'Acting and its refusal in theatre and film', the book considers a number of Free Theatre productions, including Faust Chroma and Distraction Camp. (Image right: Peter giving instructions onsite (Re:Start Mall) for Canterbury Tales in 2013).
And George Parker has also recently contributed a chapter to a book published by Monash University Press on international performance research: Embodying Transformation: Transcultural Performance. Titled 'Here be Taniwha: performance research on the edge of the world', he looks at over a decade's work produced by performance research project Te Puna Toi, including Footprints/Tapuwae and The Earthquake in Chile. (Image left: The Earthquake in Chile performed in St Mary's church in 2011).
The nature of Free Theatre work, which is experimental and always seeking out something new, is challenging in a funding environment that encourages commercial products over art. Our approach to theatre as an art-form that insists on relevance and meaning for its local audiences has paradoxically always been better understood and recognised internationally. We hope these publications and presentations will help to keep our theatre in conversation both internationally and here.
Images below courtesy of Damia Prat from our recent Punk Ubu Night:
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