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Theatre poster contest dominated by Wellington productions

Half of the finalists in a poster competition being run as part of NZ Theatre Month in September are for Wellington productions.

NZ Theatre Month is a national promotion encouraging the presentation of theatre nationwide, and to raise public awareness of and appreciation for local theatre production.

The NZ Theatre Month Poster Competition, sponsored by The Roger Hall Theatre Trust, is being held to reward the best posters which, in the opinion of the judge, are most likely to attract people to go to whatever show is being advertised.

Theatre New Zealand (who have been running their own poster competitions for many years) have organised the event, divided into two categories: professional company and community production, for any show staged between July 2017 and June 2018.

A total of 52 entries were received for in the Professional Production category, and 28 in the Community Production category.

The five Professional Production finalists include three from Wellington:

  • I Am Not Margaret Mahy by Jane Waddell, poster designed by Edward Watson for the I Am Not Margaret Mahey Collective, at BATS;
  • Meremere by Rodney Bell, Malia Johnston, Emma Willis and Eden Mulholland, poster designed by Ian Hammond for Movement of The Human, at Circa; and
  • Soft ‘n’ Hard by Jo Randerson and Thomas LaHood, poster designed by Poppy Serano and Thomas LaHood for Barbarian Productions Ltd, at BATS.

The five Community Production finalists include two from Wellington:

  • Beauty and the Beast by David Tayler, poster designed by Stephanie Woodman and Mary Collie-Holmes for Khandallah Arts Theatre, at Khandallah Park; and
  • Supermarket Sisterhood by Devon Williamson, poster designed by Tim Gruar for New Players Theatre Company, at Newlands Community Centre.

The ten finalists were selected by Peter Biggs, head of the Assignment advertising agency. He will announce the two winners at the official launch of NZ Theatre Month at Parliament Buildings on 3 September. Each winner will receive $1000, with all finalists receiving $100.