THE CAST THE CREW WRITER TATIANA HOTERE EVA TATIANA HOTERE DIRECTOR ROMY HOOPER LIGHTING / TECH DESIGN MICHAEL CRAVEN ATAMA/ PRIEST/ THE GUY/ BARTENDER CHOREOGRAPHER ALBERT BELZ EVE GORDON CO-PRODUCERS EDWARD PENI & ALBERT BELZ LORRAINE (EVA’S BEST FRIEND)/ JULIA (EVA’S PUBLICIST / MARKETING SISTER) / GRANDMA/ NUN/ YOGA ALBERT BELZ & EDWARD PENI INSTRUCTOR/ NURSE ORIGINAL PUBLICITY POSTER DENISE SNOAD CONCEPT/ TATIANA HOTERE PHOTOGRAPHY/ ANDI CROWN LAYOUT & DESIGN/ JULIE ZHU PROGRAM DESIGN NAKITA CUNNINGHAM A WORD FROM THE WRITER Writing this play has been a cathartic experience for me. One that at times felt incredibly liberating and at other times felt frighteningly vulnerable. I wanted every scene to have life of its own and tell a complete story, one that would give my audience a sense that they were being invited into looking through a peephole and witness something a little bit naughty, a little bit forbidden, a little bit sacred. Because that is how I felt. With every scene I wrote, I found myself reclaiming pieces of me I had lost in the messiness of grief. And I also found myself losing my husband all over again. Skin Hunger has been my personal permission slip to create a new life after the death of the man I love. In this play I have borne my soul, bravely or foolishly, in the hope that my story may truly move, inspire and challenge my audiences. My deepest desire is that every person who watches Skin Hunger may look at grief with a renewed perspective, and may find the courage and the strength to give themselves permission to grief their own way. But most of all, give themselves permission to create an imperfectly beautiful life. Not in spite of their grief, but because of it. Com Amor, Arohanui, with Love, Tatiana Hotere - August ’22 KAITUHI CREATIVE CO-PRODUCERS ALBERT BELZ & EDWARD PENI “Four years ago, I was dramaturge on Tatiana’s early draft of “I believe in Tatiana’s integrity in sharing her story navigating Skin Hunger. What a journey it has taken with her since then! I’m grief. We will all experience grief at some point in our existence so proud to be a part of Tatiana’s extraordinarily brave vision.” and it can be as complex as the human who is experiencing it.” ALBERT BELZ (He/Him) – Ngāti Porou me Ngā Puhi, Albert EDWARD PENI (He/Him) - Edward Peni is an actor, director, has been a professional writer for screen (Shortland Street, stage manager based in Tāmaki Makaurau. He has worked Head High, Tongue Tied) and theatre (Astroman, Yours with Auckland Theatre Company, Silo Theatre, NZ Opera Truly, Awhi Tapu) since 2001. In previous lives he’s also and the Auckland Arts Festival. been an actor and stand-up comic. His plays have been Most recently he co-directed alongside Michael Lawrence, nominated and won several Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards The Homecoming by Harold Pinter which had a short but and The New Zealand Listener Award. His works have toured sweet season at the Auckland Old Folks Association. the world. He is currently the Robbie Burns Fellowship Writer at Otago University. DIRECTOR ROMY HOOPER “Directing Skin Hunger began years ago with the first workshop of the show, piece-by-piece. Defining how we could build something that could be as cathartic and impacting on an audience as it is for those involved was an intricate and wonderfully fulfilling experience. My hope is that the message of being able to have a beautiful life beyond grief can resonate in some way with everyone who sees it. Kia kaha koutou, nga mihi – thankyou.” ROMY HOOPER (She/ Her) - is an actor, writer, director and voice artist from Tāmaki. She has appeared in many stage and screen productions; (Nothing Trivial, Brokenwood Mysteries, The Gulf, Head High, Sweet Tooth.) She won the Best Director of Organised Chaos Award at the 2019 Auckland Fringe Festival for her work with Hobson St Theatre Company. She is an Intimacy Coordinator (Auckland Theatre Company, South Seas Film School, Ruurangi) an acting coach, and narrates audiobooks for Blind + Low Vision NZ and Audiobooks NZ, as well as hosting their podcast SoundSalad. WRITER / PERFORMER TATIANA HOTERE TATIANA HOTERE (She/ Her) - is a Brazilian born actress (Surviving Summer, The Tender Trap, The Adventures of Suzy Boon) and writer who has worked professionally as a dancer, choreographer, and actress both in theatre and screen. She is a graduate of The Actors Program, and holds a Master in Creative Writing from AUT. Her most recent performance credit is the Netflix series Surviving Summer. Skin Hunger is her debut as a playwright. PERFORMER DENISE SNOAD “I honestly feel so honoured to be part of this wonderful, honest, raw, moving piece of theatre, and working with such a caring and talented team of creatives is a joy. My beautiful friend Taitana Hotere is incredible - she is sharing her heart in this play and what a gift it is!” DENISE SNOAD (She/ Her) – Denise is so grateful to have been able to make her living from Acting and Performing for the past 30 years. Her latest credits include playing 'Bottom' in a Children's version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and appearing as 'Luanne Wilson' in the webseries Kura 3. Denise loves the variety of the Entertainment Industry and is so excited to be part of this beautiful, honest, raw piece of theatre, written by and starring her brave and talented friend Tatiana Hotere. LIGHTING / TECH & DESIGN MICHAEL CRAVEN MICHAEL CRAVEN (He/ Him) - Since graduating from the UNITEC's School of Performing and Screen Arts in 2007, Michael has enjoyed a busy career as a lighting designer and multi-operator. In 2010 Michael diversified into Technical and Production Management roles and after spending three years in that role at TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre), and a further three years at UNITEC as Live Performance Production Manager, Michael is back to work as a freelance technician and designer. Career highlights include a collaboration between the Dust Palace and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra with the show 'Midnight' in 2017, production managing and operating Red Leap Theatre Companies play 'Owls do Cry' and designing The Dust Palace's 'Le Cirque Volé' for a 5000 seat Arena in Palmerston North. Internationally Michael has created the lighting design of 'The Island' created by Massive Theatre Company which travelled to Scotland for the National Theatre of Scotland's Exchange Festival. In 2016 and 2017 he toured with The Dust Palace and their work 'The Goblin Market' to Vancouver and Montreal which had outstanding reviews as well as a brief season of Wonder Wombs in Brisbane as part of the Wonderland Festival. CHOREOGRAPHER EVE GORDON Ko Ngongotahā te maunga e rū nei taku ngākau. Ko Rotorua te moana e mahea nei aku māharahara. I tipu ake au ki Rotorua. Nō England, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy ōku tīpuna. Ko Andrew rāua ko Ruth āku matua. Ko Eve Miriam Dominique Gordon tōku ingoa. Tīhei mauriora. EVE GORDON (She/ They) - affectionately known as NZ circus’s Beyonce, discovered physical storytelling at drama school. It very quickly became her vocation, passion and her life’s drive. Graduating with a Bachelor of Acting in 2002, Eve has been working as a circus performer, actor, experimental filmmaker, costume-creator, and producer for the last 20 years. Eve co-founded The Dust Palace Productions in 2009 and heads The Dust Palace School which opened in 2013. She is passionate about the pedagogy of circus, driving the standards within Aotearoa’s circus industry and providing pathways for the development of circus and its artists. Eve co-wrote both our national best practice guides for safety and ethics. Having began as an award winning silks-artist, Eve has had a wide-ranging career performing; cloudswing, partner and group acrobatics, duo trapeze, duo lyra, duo straps, chair stacking and many other unique apparatus. Eve is a creator by nature and as a result has co-directed all 20 of The Dust Palace’s full-length circus theatre works since 2009 – convincing many she keeps a troupe of nocturnal elves. Still unsatisfied with her directing tool kit, Eve went into further training in Directing for stage and screen with The Actors’ Program across 2021. Would like to thank ALSO: The Others Club (Thanks Todd Waters!), Aroha Awarau, Andrew Whiteside, Joanna Wane, Lynn Freeman, Brendan Withey, The awesome team @ Basement Theatre, Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho, Lorretta Wehipeihana, Eve Gordon, Peter Lopes, Andi Crown, Ali Nicole Van Leeuwen, Taimane & Kiana Hotere, Eliza Josephson Rutter, Awhina Jelina, Samuel Walsh, Erica Dimo, Jean Bayron, SOAP Dancehall Auckland. THE WHOLE TEAM WOULD LOVE TO THANK OUR AMAZING BOOSTED SPONSORS (AS OF 04/09/2022) David Augistin, Tim Ohai, Kahu Hotere, Gillian Guptill, Aroha Awarau, Kym and Paul Samuels, David Morris, Francene McIlroy, Claudia Holzworth, Roberto Nascimento, Anthony Murphy, Ian Harvey, Ashton Brown, Glenn Wood, Tom Hotere, Mark Parker, Geoff Snell Jenny Gathright, Kimberly Bollen, Anders Falstie-Jensen, Taimi and Stew Allan, Melisa Merrihy, Pauline Hooper, Jude Kennedy, Rebekah Reynolds, Angel .L, Allison Meriouli, Sandra Fabrin, Jenna Weinberg, Dave Youngson, Curtis Team, Kelly Kilgour, Hweiling Ow, Lynn Dunphy, Renee Haiu, Denise O’Hagan, Adam Baines, Morag and Robin Cheshire, Edna Gaspar, Tim Ohai, Mary Granfors, M M, Rita Stone, John and Laurie Motz, Sally Stockwell, Lisa Brickell.…and the so many anonymous sponsors – we dearly thank you all. BECOME PART OF THE SKIN HUNGER BOOSTED CAMPAIGN! https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/skinhunger Or scan the QR code below to be sent directly to the site About Basement Theatre Described by Metro Magazine as ‘the beating heart of Auckland Theatre’ and ‘a clear industry leader’, Basement Theatre is a home to professional and budding theatre artists, comedians, dancers and musicians alike. Renowned for its ability to push the boundaries of artistic expression, Basement Theatre is Auckland’s culture-defining powerhouse. Basement Theatre is a place where urgent and adventurous live performance made by independent artists is incubated and supported, and aims to inspire and challenge New Zealand audiences and arts organisations, and reflect our diverse identities and experiences. Every year, about 700 artists grace our stages, and 25 artists take part in our development programmes. In 2021, 94% of our content was Aotearoa work, 75% were world premieres, and 74% were made by vital voice communities (Tangata Whenua, People of Colour, LGBTQIA+, immigrant communities and disabled people). Basement Theatre is a Charitable Trust, and puts all profits back into the community through its extensive artist development programmes, and risk-free box office model. The organisation is committed to being a part of what makes the performing arts industry, and artists, in Auckland truly sustainable. In honour and memory of Jason Hotere Always missed. Forever loved.