Love and Information Company
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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, 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 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 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!
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 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.
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.
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 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.