Rose has worked with CapitalE to present An Awfully Big Adventure (2014) & Shu’s Song (2016)

Shu’s Song (2016)

Shu discovers the secret life of everyday objects in a home office. Shu’s imagination brings these objects to life in this charming and inventive story about exploring our environments and building relationships.

Sound and music are key elements of the show, using tone, volume, and composition to demonstrate emotion, communication and purpose. In fact, sound, movement, puppetry and light replace speech, creating a non-verbal visual theatre experience that provides each audience member with the opportunity to connect and understand the story through their individual perspective.

Shu’s Song reflects a young person’s world of discovery and imagination. It tells a story we will all recognise – a path to understanding our complex world and the challenges faced along the way.

Created by Laura Gaudin, Rachel Callinan & Gina Moss

Director Gina Moss
Composition Jason Wright
Designer of Set and Costumes Rose Kirkup
Designer and Maker of Animated Object Steffen Kreft
Lighting Designer Marcus McShane
Shu performed by Laura Gaudin
Playwright Rachel Callinan
Puppeteers Jon Coddington and Rachel Baker
Creative Consultant Nick Blake

Creative Producer Marianne Taylor
Production Manager Sonia Hardie
Tour Manager AmyLouise Mill
Stage Manager Ruth Love
Technical Operator Kelly Kiwha
Set Construction Royal New Zealand Ballet
Costume Construction Anne de Geus
Design Assist Nic Lane

An Awfully Big Adventure (2014)
Join four actors as they explore the truth behind a different time and place. Through inventive play we’re transported to World War One where a story emerges of two young men; one a keen enlister, the other a conscientious objector.

As road cases transform to trenches, and a dusty collection of coats become a map of Europe, their stories collide on Flanders fields. Through energetic songs and moments of Pythonesque vaudeville, this high energy ensemble beautifully shares unforgettable stories. Prepare to embark on a journey that is a little bit sad, a little bit courageous, and a lot funny.

An Awfully Big Adventure’s season coincides with the hundred year anniversary since the outbreak of World War One. It is a work that explores the complexity of the times, the conduct of the war, the heroes, and the impact it had on New Zealanders.

Q Theatre Loft

Directed By: Leo Gene Peters

Design: Rose Kirkup
Lighting Design: James Kearney
Sound: Gareth Hobbs

Barnaby Olsen (2014)
Adam Brown
Chris Swney,
Andrew Paterson 
Brynley Stent

Photos: Stephen A’Court