PAGE 2 STAGE – Artist Development Programme 2013

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Printable Reality proudly presents:

PAGE 2 STAGE – Artist Development Program 2013

A year-long artist development program that will provide a platform to educate and encourage young writers/spoken word artists to write and perform a longer solo performance piece.

Teaming up young talented artists with experienced writers/performers as their mentors, inspiring them and giving them necessary tools to be able to create and present their own solo show and become more professional arts practitioners.

Plus a series of workshops and live events ( inVOICE and Music) culminating in one final showcase/prize-giving event, at the end of the series.

Kaupapa: One of the main reasons that New Zealand’s performance poetry/spoken word/live literature scene is not growing and developing at the same rate as in UK/Europe/USA/Australia is a lack of opportunities for the young writers/performers to expand their potential and embark on writing/performing longer spoken word pieces. Modeled on a very successful program, run by UK’s leading performance poetry organization Apples and Snakes – “The Word’s a Stage”, Page 2 Stage is going to start a process of changing that by creating a supportive environment for the community and our young artists.

Page 2 Stage will provide a conduit to bring the joy of spoken word as a ‘performance art’ to the widest possible audience – that will inspire, comfort, educate and celebrate people of all ages and cultural backgrounds as well as help develop new, young professionals working in the arts sector.

At the same time, Page 2 Stage is seeking to connect and promote collaboration between performing art forms and artists in pursuits to involve the wider community, and with an aim to further contribute to establishing spoken word/performance poetry as a vibrant and popular art form in New Zealand.

For four chosen artists on the Page2Stage program this will be a life-changing experience and possibly a start of a new career. The aim is for the mentees to learn how to create a material that will be used towards creating their own feature performance later in the year. They will engage into creating a 10-20 minute spoken word performance piece. The format can be anything – from a long poem, or group of poems to a monologue, musical, short theatre peace or a narrative/story. The mentor and the mentee get to choose the way they will complete the project and their method of work.

Four monthly events featuring one of the mentors and one mentee. + Final event -where 4 mentees are going to present their work for the first time.

The winner will be announced by the end of the evening.

27th October 2013, 7.30 at The Pumphouse Theatre

Audience will have a chance to participate in a Q&A session and get to know more about the artists and the project. There will be an Open Mic segment each night.

PAGE2STAGE is proudly supported by : Creative Communities Scheme, Poetry/Spoken Word Art Trust NZ and PumpHouse Theatre.We warmly welcome Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre on board for this project, they are kindly sponsoring retreat accommodation for our participants.


Printable Reality is deligheted to announce Mentors and Mentees for PAGE 2 STAGE – Arts Development Programme 2013 selected by internationa panel: Russell Thompson – Apples and Snakes, London; Siobhan Harvey – poet, creative writing tutor, Auckland; Malika Booker – writer, spoken word and multidisciplinary artist, London; Miriam Barr – poet, performance artist, Auckland; David Martin – PumpHouse Theatre Director, Auckland.

Selected Mentors and Mentees for PAGE2STAGE 2013.

Raewyn Alexander,
Grae Burton,
Lynn Cardy and
Rosanna Raymond

Angela King,
Nalini Singh,
Kashka Tunstall and
Jess Bates


Events by Date of performance

27 October 2013 – Final event 

12 September 2013

8 June 2103

4 May 2103

15 March 2103

THE WINNER and the Prize

The winner of PAGE 2 STAGE 2013 is Jess Holly Bates, flying to UK to present her work in 2014 – by invitation from Apples and Snakes and supported by The New Zealand Society,  London.

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Watch the winning performance : Multi-tusk.


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