Love and Information Company

Antony Aiono

Antony-Paul Aiono first became serious about theatre in 2009 when he played Gerald Arbuthnot in Oscar Wilde’s A Woman Of No Importance. He has now played many more roles which include Gratiano and Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice, Bernardo in West Side Story, Gooper in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband. Antony attended the National Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in 2011 and received the Brooke Williams award for Clarity and Connection in Performance for his portrayal of Caliban in The Tempest. Recently Antony played The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Antony hopes to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

Viv Aitken

Viv has spent all her life involved in theatre and drama - as performer, stage manager, teacher and facilitator of drama for adults with intellectual disabilities. As a lecturer in Drama Education, she spends most of her time teaching and researching drama in schools. Viv’s passion for onstage acting has been reignited by the opportunity to work with Gaye and Carving in Ice. In 2012, she played Becca in Rabbit Hole - a life-changing experience in many ways. Viv is pleased to be back in Love and Information, and is relishing the challenge of the haiku-like scenes and multiple roles.

Julianne Boyle

Once upon a time, Julianne thought that she’d grow up and live in a theatre. This did happen for several years. Then, there must have been some sort of spell involved because she fell asleep and woke up surprisingly old. Determined to get back on stage while she could still move unaided, recently she’s had the pleasure of working for Carving in Ice as part of the Instructions for Life ensemble. With Love and Information, she’s, once again, living the fairytale dream. It’s been such a privilege working with all these lovely, amazingly talented people. Sometimes, she has to pinch herself to make sure that she’s actually awake.

Rachel Clarke

Rachel has danced since she was eight years old. Her passion for theatre started in high school and she has continued to participate in the arts since fi nishing school in 2010. After attending the SGCNZ annual trip to the Globe Theatre in London in 2011, she became involved with Carving In Ice theatre once becoming a student at the University of Waikato. Rachel’s theatrical characterisations have included Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Wendla in Spring Awakening and Lucy in Dracula. This year she is participating in two Carving in Ice shows, including Instructions for Life and Caryl Churchill’s play Love and Information.

Caleb Coffey

Caleb first became interested in drama after taking it as a thought of ‘joke subject’ in year 11. Never did he expect it to become the underlining thing he believes he has to thank for the achievements and overall enjoyment of high school. He has performed on many stages in many roles during the three years since he has taken up his endeavour, including performances at National Shakespeare festivals with roles such as Gratiano, Benvolio and Snug. He seeks to continue pursuing his love of theatre and drama next year as a Hillary Scholar in Theatre Studies at the University of Waikato.

Will Collin

Will has been an avid thespian since an early age. Since moving back to Hamilton after studying in Wellington he has had roles in some other Carving in Ice productions; Dracula (as the troubled and sometimes maniacal Renfi eld), Cow & Fold (as the unfazeable Pascall), and the devised original show Instructions for Life. Will most recent show with Carving in Ice was The History Boys as Rudge (a Rugby player wanting to be taken seriously in academia). Will is excited to be performing in Love and Information and relishes the challenge of playing multiple characters in one show.

Vivi Crossland

Vivi is 12 years old and a year 8 prefect at Southwell School. She has been acting and singing since she could walk and talk. Her more notable exploits include Marta in Musikmakers Sound of Music, and one of Fagin’s gang in Oliver by the same. She screamed her way into Dracula with Carving in Ice last year and has been a great success as Sally in Me and My Girl in Southwell’s annual production. In 2011 she was New Zealand Country Music Association’s Young Entertainer of the Year. She is excited to be moving on to Waikato Diocesan School for girls in 2014.

Kaenan Ferguson

Being involved in his fi rst production with Carving In Ice Theatre has been an unforgettable experience for Kaenan. He has enjoyed his time acting with all the cast and crew very much and has learnt a lot from being involved in Love and Information and acting with the other actors. Acting and singing have played a huge part in Kaenan’s life and he has been performing from a young age. He has been involved in musicals for his school and three short films (Lily White, Pride of Cauldwell and Serve & Protect) for Chasing Time productions. These short films have been entered into many International film festivals.

Conor Gyde

Conor has recently been juggling the role of Head Boy at St. John’s College with his passion for theatre. He discovered his love of performance when in year seven he wrote a play for his school mates - a hit in the Marian School extravaganza. Involved in the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival for years, he has played Katharina (The Taming of the Shrew), Peter Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Tybalt (Romeo & Juliet), Bassanio (The Merchant of Venice), and been involved in theatre sports. He is excited to be a part of Love & Information with Carving in Ice, his fi rst out-of-school production. Conor will be a Hillary Scholar in 2014 at the University of Waikato.

Richard Homan

Richard is an experienced street theatre performer. In 2006 Richard won Best Street Act at the Dunedin Fringe Festival. He has made fl utes, and created and performed with masks and puppets (Swamp Treasures). He has appeared in Endgame and The Imaginary Invalid. Richard has worked with Gaye many times: The Laramie Project, Cosi, Half Life, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Pride and Prejudice, The Dispute, W;t, and as Edward Kynaston in Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Vershinin in The Three Sisters, as well as a cameo in Away. Most recently Richard was not seen (as a puppeteer) in Phantasos: dreams of inanimate objects at this year’s Hamilton Fringe Festival.

Mihailo Ladjevac

Mihailo Ladjevac, from Serbia, has an MA Diploma in Acting from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He plays flute, piano, saxaphone and speaks 3 languages; and has acted in television, film and TVCs. Since 2001 Mihailo has been a full time actor with the National Theatre of Belgrade, in such productions as Don Quixote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Scenes from an Execution, Homebody/Kabul, The Glass Menagerie, Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labour Lost, The Public Enemy, Ivanov, The Seagull, The Wedding, The Idiot, Tartuffe. Mihailo’s awards include several Best Actor awards between 2005 and 2012. This is Mihailo’s first production with Carving in Ice.

Clive Lamdin

Clive dabbled in theatre for a number of years, appearing irregularly in productions in Auckland and at the Riverlea Theatre. Since his retirement in 2007 he has been able to devote more time to the theatre and has developed something of a passion for it. He has appeared in a number of Carving in Ice and pre-Carving in Ice productions directed by Gaye, among themCosi, Attempts on her Life, W;t, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Three Sisters, Instructions for Life, and History Boys. His other passion is music and he conducts the Hamilton a cappella vocal group, MineAccord.

Ngaia Mason

Ngaia began performing with dance but soon found her true passion of theatre. A current Hillary Scholar at Waikato University, Ngaia is combining her passions of theatre and Primary Education. She played numerous roles on stage in shows such as A Midsummer’s Nights Dream (Helena), Grease (Frenchy), Three Sisters (Irina) and Unbearable Things (Maddie) and most recently roles in the Waikato University Theatre Studies season of SisterTies. Dabbling in the behind the scenes roles during recent Carving and Ice productions, Ngaia is very pleased to get back on stage in the kaleidoscopic world of Love and Information!

Michael Potts

Some of Michael’s play credits include W;t, The Last Days of Don Juan, Dracula, The Dispute, King Lear, The Caretaker (Director), Three Sisters, Cow & Fold, In the Next Room or the Vibrator play and a series of plays on Dorothy Parker. He has also appeared in a number of musicals and operas including Oliver!, Caberet, West Side Story, The Little Sweep, Dr Miracle and H.M.S Pinafore. He owes his passion and further development in performance to his teachers: Gaye Poole and Jenny Brown (acting), Dean Sky-Lucas and Dame Malvina Major (singing). He will be embarking on voice study at Auckland University starting in 2014.

Mary Rinaldi

Mary has been living between reality and theatre for some time now.  She has been acting, dancing and organising things from a very young age, and in her spare time she bakes cupcakes and goes and watches other people's shows.  This is her third time performing in a Carving in Ice production, though a delightful array of her delicious baking starred in another Carving in Ice play last year.  Mary has thoroughly enjoyed working with such a talented and large ensemble for Love and Information, and looks forward to bringing this fascinating and varied show to the stage.

Tashiana Tarawa

This will be Tashi’s first show with Carving in Ice. After testing the waters with her performance in Baby with the Bathwater as part of a Theatre paper, she was keen to explore the theatre scene outside of the classroom. Tashi is particularly looking forward to working with new people and with a script like Love and Information. She hopes that her addition as a Maori to Carving and Ice will bring a different flavour to the mix and will encourage other Maori to become more involved Aotearoa theatre scene. She also hopes that this experience will give her the platform and confidence to be more involved in local productions.

Amanda Wallace

Currently studying for theatre honours, Amanda usually finds herself backstage with a laptop or running around like a headless chicken rather than on-stage; so is relishing the opportunity to strut her stuff. Love and Information, giving you a glimpse into the lives of a variety of odd and normal people’s lives, is now counted among Amanda's favourite plays. Amanda has worked with Gaye Poole before on Carving in Ice original piece Instructions for Life as well as Convent of Pleasure and Flights of Absurdia through the University. Amanda has also worked on Booom!, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Best Thing, Flagons and Foxtrots and Death of a Salesman.

Julia Watkins

Julia is from Sunderland, which is in the North East of England; she moved to New Zealand in 2009. She graduated from RADA in December 1985 and started work in the professional theatre in 1986 with the Great Eastern Stage Company. She continued in the profession till 1993, working with various Repertory Companies and London Fringe productions. After moving to New Zealand she decided to rekindle her love of the theatre and joined Gaslight Theatre Company in Cambridge. She joined Fullhouse Productions in 2010 working on a number of shows and is now looking forward to working with Carving in Ice.


Production Team

Chantelle Dobbe

Chantelle has just finished the third year of her Theatre degree at the University of Waikato. She has been in many high school theatre productions over the years and has come to love being on stage. While this will be her first time working with Carving in Ice as part of the production team, she has gained experience and knowledge about props from two of her Theatre papers this year. Chantelle enjoyed it so much that she has wanted to become more involved with the production side of theatre, and is excited to be helping out with Love and Information this year.

Katey Good

Since moving to Hamilton in 2010 Katey has been thoroughly submerged in the theatre world. Both in academia at The University of Waikato and in the community. She has had performance and production roles in 18 productions with a number of different theatre groups, highlights being her performance as Madam Mediator in The Convent of Pleasure and Stage Manager for The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Katey is also the Vice President and one of the founding members of The University of Waikato Drama Society. She has definitely been bitten by the theatre bug. This is the first time she will be Stage Managing for Carving In Ice.

Gaye Poole

Gaye wasn't always a director, lecturer or mentor. She has been flown in from the heights without any safety harness on a thin moon in Stoppard's Jumpers, she has tumbled down a mountain with several others in Savages, small children saw her bleed profusely when a fellow actor swung a jagged tin can at her face; she learnt to groom horses for Jill in Equus; she was bewildered when a fellow cast member in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest sawed his leg off less than a week before opening night. All these events have prepared her in some way for her work with her creative family, Carving in Ice.

Kendall Spence

Kendall is a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar in her second year, studying a BA majoring in Theatre and Screen and Media. Kendall has always enjoyed all forms of the performing arts. She committed herself to theatre in high school, earning herself distinctions and a cultural blue for her contribution. Love and Information is Kendall's third show with Carving in Ice, and the second time she has opted for a production role.  Previous shows she has been involved in have been: Instructions for Life, Cow & Fold (Beth), Blithe Spirit (Mrs Bradman) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky).

Brendan Theodore

Born and raised in Melbourne, Brendan has just completed his Honours in Theatre Studies at the University of Waikato.  He is a recipient of the NZQA Scholarship for Drama, Arts Waikato Scholarship, Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship, and University Blues Award for Service of the Year. Production/venue management aspects of theatre are Brendan's theatrical passions. Although he has worked with various theatre groups, Brendan’s focal role has been Production & Stage manager for Carving in Ice Theatre since 2011. He has also worked with a number of venues/companies such as: Auckland Theatre Company and Claudelands Events Centre, and is currently employed at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

Jeremy Tomkins

Jeremy is a second year student at the University of Waikato where he is studying a conjoint degree in primary teaching and Arts.  He is also a current Theatre Hillary Scholar.  He worked with Carving Ice for the first time last year in Jo Randerson’s Cow & Fold as well as Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  This year Jeremy was given the opportunity to see a different side of theatre, as the lighting operator for Instructions for Life for the Gaslight season in Cambridge.  He enjoyed this so much that he is once again stepping out of the actor’s role and into a production role as Assistant Stage Manager for Love and Information.



The metaphor of Carving in Ice evokes the transience of theatre. Ice sculptures are crafted by artisans whose sculptures last only for a short while, then melt and disappear. Theatre too is ephemeral in its nature; once the season is completed, the existence of the play, the shapes, sounds, movement in space, the light on actors’ skin disappear from view – but as with ice sculptures the traces of the experience continue to live on in the minds of those who were present.






The metaphor of Carving in Ice evokes the transience of theatre. Ice sculptures are crafted by artisans whose sculptures last only for a short while, then melt and disappear. Theatre too is ephemeral in its nature; once the season is completed, the existence of the play, the shapes, sounds, movement in space, the light on actors’ skin disappear from view – but as with ice sculptures the traces of the experience continue to live on in the minds of those who were present.