The Massive Story
We specialise in creating new theatre for emerging and professional actors
Founded more than 25 years ago by Samantha Scott MNZM, Massive is a professional contemporary physical theatre ensemble company that started out as the Maidment Youth Theatre and was later renamed Massive Company.
Specialising in creating new theatre for emerging and professional actors, the work performed by Massive springboards from real New Zealand stories and real people, and expresses authentic emotions.
We develop performers from aged 14 right through to a professional life. Extensive forums, workshops and feedback sessions play an integral part in all of the company’s work. Our ongoing programme of activities offers development for theatre practitioners.
With boundless energy and playfulness the ensemble’s work evokes the human spirit in its most present and vulnerable state.
Massive is a family, a pathway, an attitude and a way to make excellent theatre.
The Massive way
A Desire for excellence
We create work of excellence as a company and as individuals. When the work gets tough and we are tired we will strive for excellence and never settle for mediocrity. It takes bloody hard work to make theatre and we love that.
We’ll try anything and everything to find the gold and give it 100% commitment. We will dive into the work even when the outcome is unclear or unknown.
Sense of Belonging
This company is about everyone involved owning the work and their place within it. Massive is all the people who make it up, it is your company, we care deeply about you and we walk alongside you. The Massive whānau embraces and welcomes our wider community.
We work to be vital and present in all we do. We work with a no bullshit attitude. We love to work with real stories. We make theatre that tells our stories and makes sense of our life, our world. We voice truths and perspectives that need to be said out loud and shared. We want to be deeply seen.
Playful Spirit & Spirited Play
We love people who love to play. We love to be competitive and irreverent. Playing is at the heart of everything we do.
We have big energy, excitement and hunger for the work. We love to play, love to pretend and love to perform. We love to work collaboratively and as an ensemble.
You can join any Massive Company workshop for free. You can observe any aspect of Massive Company working at any time. You can see any Massive show for koha or at an affordable ticket price. You can be part of Massive Company if you love what we do.
We ask questions and seek out answers about what theatre can be. We are always questioning – “is this theatrical?” “Why?” “Who do we want to watch?” and “what is the best way to tell the story here?” We are a curious company ever seeking knowledge and understanding of all we do.
ready to receive, ready to give
Massive trains dynamic and vital performers to be able to receive whatever is coming at you and ready to give back so the work continues to grow. We value respect between us all.
We believe that great theatre needs good complicité between performers. With good complicité there is a spark, warmth and connection that we love to watch. It can be naughty, loving, and weird, many things, but it is real and we love to watch this.
We value complicité between all company members on and off stage; also with our partners and collaborators. We love to be with them, work for them and create with them.
The Massive Pathways
Massive is for anyone who loves what massive is
Open access ethos
That means our door is always open
We invite you to join us, to observe & be in the room with us as we work.
We enjoy having people join us as we make our work. We believe theatre is a great way to truly share, and for people to make real heart to heart connections with each other.
This invitation to join us extends to all our work
Times and dates vary but do get in touch if you are interested in joining us as we work. Please email letting us know what you'd like to come along to. We'll then let you know dates, times and location. We hope to see you in the room soon!