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GOING OFF SCRIPT is an entertainment podcast recorded in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We chat to theatre-artists and performance-makers about process, ideas and find out a little bit more about what happens behind-the-scenes.Hosted by Matt Eller & Alice Canton, and available in all the places you expect.

Latest Episodes

S2 | Ep15 Season 2 Wrap Up

EWe decided we would reflect on season 2 and share a few stories of our own about some of our time at Basement Theatre Recorded and Edited - Matt Eller Theme Music - Ricky Simmonds

16 MIN2018 DEC 7
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S2 | Ep15 Season 2 Wrap Up

S2 | Ep14 Last Tapes Theatre Company

EFor our last interview we have Ben, Cherie and Robin from Last Tapes Theatre Company - Benjamin trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, whilst directing productions for the London fringe and cabaret circuit. Having directed productions in Germany and France, as well as nine consecutive years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ben moved to Auckland to continue his career.Ben has become known for his adaptations of classics, including Titus and Earnest for Fractious Tash and a musical version of Edith Nesbitt's classic Five Children and It which received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival.His dark, original thriller Not Psycho was performed by Fractious Tash at Q Theatre in August 2015.Ben’s directing credits are many including The Tempest (AUSA), This Is Our Youth (Basement Theatre), The Effect, Not Psycho, Earnest, and Titus (Fractious Tash), Camino Real, Punk Rock, The Turn Of The Screw, Red Speedo (ATC), Twelfth Night (Fortune Theatre), and Valerie (Las...

38 MIN2018 DEC 5
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S2 | Ep14 Last Tapes Theatre Company

S2 | Ep13 Julia Croft

EJulia Croft joined us behind the mic - Julia Croft is a New Zealand based live artist and theatre maker creating work uses feminist theory and politics to investigate themes of gender, power, representation and the body. She trained at as an actor at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School graduating in 2008 and has since undertaken further training at L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris in 2011 and with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in New York City in 2014/2015. Julia also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre. Julia has worked with some of the top theatre companies in New Zealand as a performer and devisor and since 2015 has been creating her own performances full time. Her works have had enormous success in New Zealand and have toured throughout the country as well as to Australia, the UK, and most recently Singapore and Canada. Recorded and Edited - Matt Eller Theme Music - Ricky Simmonds

21 MIN2018 DEC 3
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S2 | Ep13 Julia Croft

S2 | Ep12 Hayley Sproull

EOur good mate Hayley Sproull comes in for a yarn! - Hayley Sproull is an actor, comedian, musician and writer originally from Wellington, New Zealand. She is a 2011 graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, where she earned a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Acting. Sproull’s passion for theatre and comedy has lead her to create a number of successful comedy works, including Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues, Outsiders’ Guide, Tighty Whiteys, Milky Bits and Vanilla Miraka, earning her an array of praise and accolades, including Best New Comer at the NZ International Comedy Festival 2012, the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Most Promising Female New Comer in 2013 and most recently Best Actress and Best Composer at The Wellington Theatre Awards 2016. Sproull was also nominated for a New Zealand Film Award in 2014 for her role in the short film School Night. She’s a current writer on Three’s Jono and Ben, Seven Days and Funny Girls with a weekly segment, Hayley Bailey on Jono and Ben. S...

27 MIN2018 NOV 30
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S2 | Ep12 Hayley Sproull

S2 | Ep11 Dominic Hoey

EDominic Hoey is up next. - Dominic Hoey is an author, playwright and poet based in Auckland His debut novel, Iceland was a New Zealand bestseller and was long-listed for the 2018 Ockham Book Award. He’s released two books of poetry, four studio albums and a million photos of his dog Chilli. Many moons ago Dominic was an MC battle and slam-poetry champion. He’s performed his spoken-word poetry in Australia, Europe, England, Japan, America and Port Chalmers. His autobiographical play Your Heart Looks Like a Vagina, a dark comedy about living with autoimmune disease had three sell out runs. He’s currently working on his second novel and a new collection of poetry. Recorded and Edited - Matt Eller Theme Music - Ricky Simmonds

24 MIN2018 NOV 28
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S2 | Ep11 Dominic Hoey

S2 | Ep10 Sophie, Dan, Natalie

EOn this episode we talk to this awesome trio. - Award winning actor and director Sophie Roberts graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 2007. From 2008 – 2013 she free-lanced as an actor, director, dramaturg, producer, writer and teacher; creating work for many of Auckland and Wellington’s major theatre companies and venues. Her directing credits include BOYS WILL BE BOYS, PERPLEX, THE EVENTS, THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING, MIDSUMMER, THE PRIDE, I LOVE YOU BRO and SUNDAY ROAST. Her awards include- Standout Performer: Wellington Fringe Festival - Best New Director: Wellington Theatre Awards - Most Promising Female Newcomer: Wellington Theatre Awards – Production of the Year: Wellington Theatre Awards - and a nomination for Best New Playwright: Wellington Theatre Awards – Excellence In All Aspects Of Production: Auckland Theatre Awards Sophie is a graduate of the Future Auckland Leaders Programme and became Artistic Director for Silo Theatre in 2014. Dan Musgrove is an a...

35 MIN2018 NOV 26
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S2 | Ep10 Sophie, Dan, Natalie

S2 | Ep9 Elise Sterback

EExecutive Director of the Basement Theatre Elise Sterback is behind the mic on todays episode. - Elise joined Basement Theatre in 2013 and is currently the Executive Director. She has produced several theatre productions including The Motherfucker with the Hat, Abigail's Party and Heteroperformative through her company Vibracorp. Elise is a long-time arts advocate, she sat on the Board of Auckland advocacy group Creative Coalition for 10 years, and is now a trustee of Arts Regional Trust, a strategic investment body for the Auckland arts sector. Recorded and Edited - Matt Eller Theme Music - Ricky Simmonds

28 MIN2018 NOV 23
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S2 | Ep9 Elise Sterback

S2 | Ep8 Gabrielle Vincent

EOn this episode we are talking to Gabrielle Vincent, Programming Director at the Basement Theatre. - Gabrielle is a New Zealand based curator and is in her fourth year as Programming Director at the Basement Theatre in Auckland. Alongside Kee Hong Low (West Kowloon Cultural District) and Ira Brand (Forest Fringe), Gabrielle is a co-curator of the International Colab - a three year initiative that supports artists to exchange artistic skills, techniques and cultural knowledge and push their creative practice. Before taking on the position of Programming Director she worked across a variety of disciplines and in many roles within the live performance process: producer, stage manager, director. In 2014 she was offered the position of Producer in Residence at Basement Theatre before moving into her current role. From 2006 – 2008 she studied at UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Directing for Theatre. During her final year of study she was co-producer for SmackBang ...

26 MIN2018 NOV 21
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S2 | Ep8 Gabrielle Vincent

S2 | Ep7 Ronnie Livingstone

EWe are talking all things 'technical' with Aaron Livingstone aka Ronnie. Technical Manager at The Basement Theatre - Ronnie spent 3 years studying music & live event management in London. Since graduating he has been apart of the technical team for various festivals around the world including Australia and Edinburgh. For the past 3 years Ronnie has been apart of the Basement Theatre Family as the Technical Manager, he's always up for a good yarn and a pint at the bar. Recorded and Edited - Matt Eller Theme Music - Ricky Simmonds

23 MIN2018 NOV 19
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S2 | Ep7 Ronnie Livingstone

S2 | Ep6 Josephine Stewart Te-Whiu

EThis episode we are talking to Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu - Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu (Ngapuhi/Te Rarawa) is an Auckland, NZ based writer, actor and theatre/filmmaker of mixed race descent. Her father is Māori and her mother is Pākehā (Caucasian/Scottish). Josephine has written for screen and theatre over the past 10 years, and has just completed her directional debut for her short film, “Ani”. Recorded and Edited - Matt Eller Theme Music - Ricky Simmonds

35 MIN2018 NOV 16
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S2 | Ep6 Josephine Stewart Te-Whiu

Latest Episodes

S2 | Ep15 Season 2 Wrap Up

EWe decided we would reflect on season 2 and share a few stories of our own about some of our time at Basement Theatre Recorded and Edited - Matt Eller Theme Music - Ricky Simmonds

16 MIN2018 DEC 7
Comments
S2 | Ep15 Season 2 Wrap Up

S2 | Ep14 Last Tapes Theatre Company

EFor our last interview we have Ben, Cherie and Robin from Last Tapes Theatre Company - Benjamin trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, whilst directing productions for the London fringe and cabaret circuit. Having directed productions in Germany and France, as well as nine consecutive years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ben moved to Auckland to continue his career.Ben has become known for his adaptations of classics, including Titus and Earnest for Fractious Tash and a musical version of Edith Nesbitt's classic Five Children and It which received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival.His dark, original thriller Not Psycho was performed by Fractious Tash at Q Theatre in August 2015.Ben’s directing credits are many including The Tempest (AUSA), This Is Our Youth (Basement Theatre), The Effect, Not Psycho, Earnest, and Titus (Fractious Tash), Camino Real, Punk Rock, The Turn Of The Screw, Red Speedo (ATC), Twelfth Night (Fortune Theatre), and Valerie (Las...

38 MIN2018 DEC 5
Comments
S2 | Ep14 Last Tapes Theatre Company

S2 | Ep13 Julia Croft

EJulia Croft joined us behind the mic - Julia Croft is a New Zealand based live artist and theatre maker creating work uses feminist theory and politics to investigate themes of gender, power, representation and the body. She trained at as an actor at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School graduating in 2008 and has since undertaken further training at L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris in 2011 and with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in New York City in 2014/2015. Julia also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre. Julia has worked with some of the top theatre companies in New Zealand as a performer and devisor and since 2015 has been creating her own performances full time. Her works have had enormous success in New Zealand and have toured throughout the country as well as to Australia, the UK, and most recently Singapore and Canada. Recorded and Edited - Matt Eller Theme Music - Ricky Simmonds

21 MIN2018 DEC 3
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S2 | Ep13 Julia Croft

S2 | Ep12 Hayley Sproull

EOur good mate Hayley Sproull comes in for a yarn! - Hayley Sproull is an actor, comedian, musician and writer originally from Wellington, New Zealand. She is a 2011 graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, where she earned a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Acting. Sproull’s passion for theatre and comedy has lead her to create a number of successful comedy works, including Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues, Outsiders’ Guide, Tighty Whiteys, Milky Bits and Vanilla Miraka, earning her an array of praise and accolades, including Best New Comer at the NZ International Comedy Festival 2012, the Chapman Tripp Theatre Award for Most Promising Female New Comer in 2013 and most recently Best Actress and Best Composer at The Wellington Theatre Awards 2016. Sproull was also nominated for a New Zealand Film Award in 2014 for her role in the short film School Night. She’s a current writer on Three’s Jono and Ben, Seven Days and Funny Girls with a weekly segment, Hayley Bailey on Jono and Ben. S...

27 MIN2018 NOV 30
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S2 | Ep12 Hayley Sproull

S2 | Ep11 Dominic Hoey

EDominic Hoey is up next. - Dominic Hoey is an author, playwright and poet based in Auckland His debut novel, Iceland was a New Zealand bestseller and was long-listed for the 2018 Ockham Book Award. He’s released two books of poetry, four studio albums and a million photos of his dog Chilli. Many moons ago Dominic was an MC battle and slam-poetry champion. He’s performed his spoken-word poetry in Australia, Europe, England, Japan, America and Port Chalmers. His autobiographical play Your Heart Looks Like a Vagina, a dark comedy about living with autoimmune disease had three sell out runs. He’s currently working on his second novel and a new collection of poetry. Recorded and Edited - Matt Eller Theme Music - Ricky Simmonds

24 MIN2018 NOV 28
Comments
S2 | Ep11 Dominic Hoey

S2 | Ep10 Sophie, Dan, Natalie

EOn this episode we talk to this awesome trio. - Award winning actor and director Sophie Roberts graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 2007. From 2008 – 2013 she free-lanced as an actor, director, dramaturg, producer, writer and teacher; creating work for many of Auckland and Wellington’s major theatre companies and venues. Her directing credits include BOYS WILL BE BOYS, PERPLEX, THE EVENTS, THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING, MIDSUMMER, THE PRIDE, I LOVE YOU BRO and SUNDAY ROAST. Her awards include- Standout Performer: Wellington Fringe Festival - Best New Director: Wellington Theatre Awards - Most Promising Female Newcomer: Wellington Theatre Awards – Production of the Year: Wellington Theatre Awards - and a nomination for Best New Playwright: Wellington Theatre Awards – Excellence In All Aspects Of Production: Auckland Theatre Awards Sophie is a graduate of the Future Auckland Leaders Programme and became Artistic Director for Silo Theatre in 2014. Dan Musgrove is an a...

35 MIN2018 NOV 26
Comments
S2 | Ep10 Sophie, Dan, Natalie

S2 | Ep9 Elise Sterback

EExecutive Director of the Basement Theatre Elise Sterback is behind the mic on todays episode. - Elise joined Basement Theatre in 2013 and is currently the Executive Director. She has produced several theatre productions including The Motherfucker with the Hat, Abigail's Party and Heteroperformative through her company Vibracorp. Elise is a long-time arts advocate, she sat on the Board of Auckland advocacy group Creative Coalition for 10 years, and is now a trustee of Arts Regional Trust, a strategic investment body for the Auckland arts sector. Recorded and Edited - Matt Eller Theme Music - Ricky Simmonds

28 MIN2018 NOV 23
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S2 | Ep9 Elise Sterback

S2 | Ep8 Gabrielle Vincent

EOn this episode we are talking to Gabrielle Vincent, Programming Director at the Basement Theatre. - Gabrielle is a New Zealand based curator and is in her fourth year as Programming Director at the Basement Theatre in Auckland. Alongside Kee Hong Low (West Kowloon Cultural District) and Ira Brand (Forest Fringe), Gabrielle is a co-curator of the International Colab - a three year initiative that supports artists to exchange artistic skills, techniques and cultural knowledge and push their creative practice. Before taking on the position of Programming Director she worked across a variety of disciplines and in many roles within the live performance process: producer, stage manager, director. In 2014 she was offered the position of Producer in Residence at Basement Theatre before moving into her current role. From 2006 – 2008 she studied at UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Directing for Theatre. During her final year of study she was co-producer for SmackBang ...

26 MIN2018 NOV 21
Comments
S2 | Ep8 Gabrielle Vincent

S2 | Ep7 Ronnie Livingstone

EWe are talking all things 'technical' with Aaron Livingstone aka Ronnie. Technical Manager at The Basement Theatre - Ronnie spent 3 years studying music & live event management in London. Since graduating he has been apart of the technical team for various festivals around the world including Australia and Edinburgh. For the past 3 years Ronnie has been apart of the Basement Theatre Family as the Technical Manager, he's always up for a good yarn and a pint at the bar. Recorded and Edited - Matt Eller Theme Music - Ricky Simmonds

23 MIN2018 NOV 19
Comments
S2 | Ep7 Ronnie Livingstone

S2 | Ep6 Josephine Stewart Te-Whiu

EThis episode we are talking to Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu - Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu (Ngapuhi/Te Rarawa) is an Auckland, NZ based writer, actor and theatre/filmmaker of mixed race descent. Her father is Māori and her mother is Pākehā (Caucasian/Scottish). Josephine has written for screen and theatre over the past 10 years, and has just completed her directional debut for her short film, “Ani”. Recorded and Edited - Matt Eller Theme Music - Ricky Simmonds

35 MIN2018 NOV 16
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S2 | Ep6 Josephine Stewart Te-Whiu
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