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Necessary Targets
Author: Eve Ensler

Summary: 'When we think of war, we think of it as something that happens to men' Ensler (author of The Vagina Monologues) writes, 'but after the bombing, that's when the real war begins.'

In 1995, Ensler went to Bosnia and met women who were forced to deal with the aftermath of war. 'It was their community, their insane humanity in the face of catastrophe, their staggering refusal to have or seek revenge that fuelled me and ultimately moved me to write this play', she wrote.

In Necessary Targets, Melissa, a strident young disaster specialist and JS, a pampered urban psychiatrist, form an unlikely friendship when they go to Bosnia to help female war survivors cope with their traumas. However, in the refugee camp the 'normal' boundaries between therapist and patient become blurred and the relationships and experiences that are revealed unexpectedly challenge the interlopers: in the search for their stories, are the women still just 'necessary targets'?

Dates and times: Wednesday 25 March to Saturday 28 March 2009 at 8 pm, Sunday 29 March at 4 pm, Tuesday 31 March and Wednesday 1 April at 6.30 pm, Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 April at 8 pm


JS - Loren Martin
Melissa - Tanya Piejus
Zlata - Dee Guja
Nuna - Emmy Wafer
Jelena - Kate Blackhurst
Azra - Christine Hunt
Seada - Eva Corlett

Crew: Claire Hewitt (director), Iona Anderson (production manager), Jan Lippert (stage manager), Stephen Fearnley (set construction coordinator, assistant stage manager), Sam Perry, Alec Rogers, Darrell Haddon, Peter Swain, Matt Todd (set construction), Tabitha Arthur, Matthew Leather (lighting design), Ross Foubister (lighting operator), Simon Boyes (sound design), Susan Page (sound operator), Louise Grenside, Paul Sadlier, Glen Wilkinson (props), Nan Sanders, Jenny Parkin, Sue Taylor (wardrobe), Leigh Cain (prompt), Tanya Piejus, Matthew Hodgman (photographer), Rodney Bane (opening night supper), Scenario Communications (poster and flyer design)

Ladies for Hire
Author: Alison Quigan

Summary: St Mary's Church Choir is the most well known and liked choir in Palmerston North. The heart and soul of the community, with a cup of tea and slice never far from hand, the ladies provide the congregation with life, joy and music. Until the new parish priest finds their humour a bit close to the bone and fires them.

Out of a home and a workplace, determined not to let Father Paul get the better of them, the ladies go it alone, becoming ladies for hire... choir hire, that is.

Alison Quigan has beautifully crafted this modern story of leadership and loyalty when faith is tested and you find out who your true friends are in times of crisis.

Dates and times: Wednesday 30 May to Saturday 2 June 2012 at 8 pm, Sunday 3 June at 3 pm, Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 June at 6.30 pm, Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 June at 8 pm


Harriet - Stephanie Gartrell
Mary McIntyre - Loren Martin
Mary O'Donnell - Kaaryn Cater
Marijka - Terry Binding
Shelley - Toni-Maree Westcott
Father Paul - Kiel Taylor
Father Peter - David Cox
Trina/Pallbearer/Family Friend - Emma Rose Luxton
Bride/Kindergarten Teacher/Farmers Employee/Police officer - Kerryn Donovan
Bridegroom/Pallbearer/Paul Fitzgibbons/'Roha' - Thomas Pepperell
Bridesmaid/Cecilia Fitzgibbons/Pallbearer/Concerned Parent - Gitta Majumder
Pallbearer/Colin Fitzgibbons - Barry Meyers

Crew: Claire Hewitt (director, set designer), Cherie Chapman (musical director), Sam Perry (production manager, set realisation), Barry Meyers (stage manager, sound designer, set realisation), Benjamin Haddock (sound operator), Rachel Upchurch (lighting operator), Matthew Leather (window lighting), Nan Sanders (wardrobe coordinator), Pam Alderton, Christine Gourlay, Ingrid Sage, Joan Foster (wardrobe assistant), Leigh Cain (rehearsal prompt), Stephen Fearnley, Simon Boyes, Alec Rogers, Rebecca Parker, Ross Foubister (set realisation), Susannah Donovan (props coordinator, centre window, front of house manager), Tanya Piejus (photographer and videographer), Iona Anderson (front of house manager), Rodney Bane (poster/flyer/programme design, opening night supper)