We are seasoned performers, aspiring directors, rank amateurs, backstage beavers and every shade of skill, enthusiasm and experience in between. We provide recreation, education and personal development for ourselves and others in the wider community. We are all over 60 years of age!
Marvellous formed in 2011 as part of Auckland Theatre Company’s Community Engagement Programme with a performance of T S Eliot’s epic poem The Waste Land. The Marvellous Theatre Group grew in membership and is now temporarily based at Pitt St Methodist Church. 78 Pitt St, Auckland. From the end of April 2018 we will be moving to the Auckland Theatre Company at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Rd Auckland.
TAPAC’s Artistic Director, Margaret-Mary Hollins guides the group towards upskilling and performance. The focus of Marvellous is to gain confidence and develop vocal potential, clarity and technique.
Whether experienced or not, these outstanding classes, taught by industry professionals will benefit all.
We present original material, classical and contemporary works, improvisation, devised pieces and anything else that takes our fancy.
We’ve performed at ATC, TAPAC, The Civic Theatre, Selwyn Village Theatre, Herne Bay Pétanque Hall, various U3As, Western Springs Community Garden, NorthArt Gallery and Point Chevalier Primary School…
We appeared in ATC’s The Lady Killers at the Maidment Theatre (2015), and as world-weary fairies in the Summer Shakespeare production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015).
Marvellous have worked with Michael Hurst, Ben Crowder, Laurel Devenie, Benjamin Henson, Margaret-Mary Hollins, Yvette Parsons and other top Directors.
Our awards include:
Best New Cast – Metro Magazine’s Best Of 2011
Best Wildcard Award and People’s Choice – Short+Sweet Festival 2014
Best Independent Theatre Company Award – Short+Sweet Festival 2015
Best Independent Theatre and the Wallace Arts Trust Highly Commended Awards – Short+Sweet Festival 2016 Peoples Choice Award – Short+Sweet Theatre Festival. 2018
This year has seen a change for Marvellous Theatre Group. Due to changed circumstances at The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) we are on the move. We are now located at the Auckland Theatre Company (ATC) on Dominion Rd, Auckland. Luckily we still have the wonderful Margaret-Mary Hollins as our artistic director and advisor.
In January of this year, during our holiday break, Marvellous was invited, by the independent theatre company Barbarian Productions, to perform at the Civic Theatre as part of their wider production called ‘Grand Opening’. Ten of our group performed in the show under the directorship of Yvette Parsons. This was a wonderful experience.
Term 1 – We focused on scripted scenes, which allowed us to extend ourselves and give us the opportunity to introduce and tap into new exercises and skills. Term 2 – Rehearsals for ‘Play It With Flowers’, our entry for the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival at TAPAC. Term 3 – Continued rehearsals for Play It With Flowers‘ followed by four show nights at TAPAC which included a Gala night for the top ten works, where we received the Peoples Choice Award. That was followed by scripted readings from ‘The Doll’s House’ by Katherine Mansfield.
The Marvellous Theatre Group formed a partnership with The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) to collaborate on Monday afternoons with Margaret Mary-Hollins to develop original performances for the theatre group. To help us to further develop our performance skills we had various tutors throughout the year, including Sylvia Rand for voice training and Verity George for Theatresports Games.
In December we performed a short play Pick of The Crop for family and friends, devised and directed by Margaret-Mary Hollins.
- We performed a short performance piece under Artistic Director Marlon Ortiz based on the writings of Federico Garcia Lorca. This was presented in September 2016 at Short+Sweet Theatre Festival 2016
- We performed “I AM REaD” at Northart Gallery as part of Angela Reading exhibition of portraits, many of which were based on the characters of “Awake”. Read more here.