Body of work

Chance to Ignite

2017

The Wholehearted

2016-2017

The Island

2016

Havoc in the Garden

2011

Up Close Out Loud

2006

The Brave

2012 - 2015

Wheros Net

2009

100 Cousins

2005

My Bed My Universe

2014

The Girls Show

2008

The Sons of Charlie Paora

2002

The wholehearted

2017

Auckland, Whangarei, Hamilton, Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Christchurch, Dunedin

2016

Mangere Arts Centre and
Q Theatre Loft, Auckland


Directed by: Sam Scott and Scotty Cotter
Lighting design: Jane Hakaraia
Set and costumes: Christine Urquhart


Devised and performed by: Milo Cawthorne, Scotty Cotter, Kura Forrester, Villa Lemanu, Bree Peters, Denyce Su'a and Pat Tafa


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An honest portrayal of the extreme power of love, THE WHOLEHEARTED is a heart-warming devised theatre work that spans generations, genders and cultures. A mix of characters tenderly and humorously share with us their search for a wholehearted way of life, exploring what people do in the pursuit of love and how love changes us.

Journeys of heartbreak, grief and loss are charmingly and vigorously transformed by the ensemble to the courage, compassion and joy that exists within each of us. 


Tackling the issues of our daily lives in a relatable, humouristic and thought-provoking manner both comedic and at times heart wrenching.
— NZ Herald

This is New Zealand theatre worth seeing
— Theatreview

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Chance to Ignite

2017

Mangere Arts Centre and Q Theatre Loft, Auckland


Directed by: Scotty Cotter
Assistant director: Tuyet Nguyen
Lighting design: Michael Craven


Devised and performed by: Ebony Andrew, Stef Fink, Celeste de Freido, Sieni Leo’o Olo, Akinehi Munroe, Eleanor Oxley and Jes’mine Palaaia


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2016's emerging artists show THE ISLAND was described as the "Gold Standard" at the National Theatre of Scotland's Exchange Festival. This is a testament to the excellence of Massive Company's theatre making, and the limitless potential of young performers.

Bring seven young women together - add boxing, jujitzu, 'for real' stories, a lot of sass and you get a CHANCE TO IGNITE.

Devised by a cast aged 16-24, this is a powerfully strong work that will snap your soul into joy and reveal the truths we so often keep to ourselves.

Honest, raw, dynamic and inviting, CHANCE TO IGNITE exploded onto the Auckland stage in July 2017.


The Island

2016

New Zealand, Scotland


Directed by: Sam Scott and Miriama McDowell
Lighting design: Jane Hakaraia
Set and costumes: Christine Urquhart


Devised and performed by: Melissa Connors, Stef Fink, Liam Jacobson, Sieni Leo'o Olo, Jes'mine Palaaia and Denyse Su'a


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Woven island stories of footsteps, friendship and family.

We live on islands scattered across the Pacific far at the bottom of the world. Sometimes it can feel like we're completely isolated…

Six young performers share tender and funny stories as they navigate their way through what it means to grow up on islands.

Family stories, whakapapa and memories are woven together through character, music and heart pounding physicality to remind us that should we ever feel isolated, home is no more than a few footsteps away.

 

Cleverly performed with spark and verve by six emerging artists
— NZ Herald

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The Brave

2012-2015

Auckland, Wellington, Hawaii


Directed by: Sam Scott and Carla Martell
Lighting design: Jane Hakaraia
Styling: Sara Taylor
Costumes: H U F F E R


Devised and performed by: Neil Amituanai, Dominic Ona-Ariki, Leki Bourke, Scotty Cotter, Todd Emerson, Beulah Koale, Jonny Moffatt and Andy Sani


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THE BRAVE shows bravery defined by a new generation. Eight men take to the stage to honour those people who are or once were in their lives.

Combining true confessions with raw athleticism, the men in THE BRAVE find strength through family, love, loss, fear, hope, belonging and brotherhood. THE BRAVE lays it all on the line. It’s time to man up!

 

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The heartbreaking, funny, clever mix of true confessions and raw athleticism from the guys of Massive Company has won standing ovations already. Don’t miss these true life stories of what it takes to be a brave man today.
— Editor’s Pick, New Zealand Herald

Their stories strip away the layers of self and put very human stories and heart out there for us to admire and respect.
— Theatreview

Honesty, and the desire to be truly honest, permeates every aspect of the show.... both hilarious and powerfully affecting
— Wellingtonista
 

@MassiveCompany Knocked out by #TheBrave last night. Powerful, beautifully acted & directed. Had tears many times -will manup now! Great.
— Actor, Sam Neill

“...a rare show that’s able to cut through and grab you on a deeply personal level.”
— Theatre Scenes

My Bed My Universe

2014

Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber


Written by: Gary Henderson
Directed by: Sam Scott
Musical direction: Chris O'Connor
Lighting design: Jane Hakaraia
Costumes: Daniel Williams
Animation: Cut Collective

In collaboration with NZTrio


Performed by: Neil Amituanai, Dominic Ona-Ariki, Wesley Dowdell, Miriama McDowell, Tuyet Nguyen and Max Palamo

NZTrio:  Ashley Brown, Justine Cormack and Sarah Watkins

 


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"My story is written in laughter and strife, if you know how to read it you can see my whole life" - Gary Henderson.

Honouring the people, soundscapes and places that make us who we are and shape the worlds we live in, My Bed My Universe is rooted in the rhythms of the everyday riffs of New Zealand. A genre-busting, eye-opening theatrical event that roams the perplexing space between the moment we wake and the moment we return to our beds to sleep, it’s layered with original live music, surprising sonic mixes, melodic vocalisation and beautiful physical theatre.

My Bed My Universe evolved out of a dynamic and utterly unique collision of some of New Zealand’s leading creative talents – a script by playwriting legend Gary Henderson, direction by the indomitable Sam Scott, the bold, urban voices of Massive Company, fresh sounds from Indie composer Chris O’Connor and mind-blowing modern classical music from the NZTrio.


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Whero’s New Net

2009


Written by: Albert Belz
Directed by: Sam Scott
Assistant director: Scotty Cotter
Lighting design: Jeremy Fern
Set and costumes: Tracey Collins


Performed by: Wesley Dowdell, Kura Forrester, Bree Peters,
Jarod Rawiri, Madeline Sami, Blair Strang and Tainui Tukiwaho


Whero’s New Net gets inside you, offers you laughter, hope and satisfaction
— Selwyn Manning, Scoop

Havoc in the Garden

2011


Written by: Lennie James
Directed by: Sam Scott
Lighting design: Jane Hakaraia
Set and costumes: Sean Coyle


Performed by: Fasitua Amosa, Olive Asi, Loretta Aukuso, Scotty Cotter, Wesley Dowdell, Joe Folau, Kura Forrester, Ash Jones, Tuyet Nguyen, Beulah Koale, Miriama McDowell, Bree Peters, Nicole Thomson and Jake Toaga


The Girls Show

2008


Directed by: Sam Scott and Carla Martell
Assistant directors: Scotty Cotter and Kitan Petkovski
Lighting design: Jeremy Fern


Devised and performed by: Olive Asi, Loretta Aukuso, Genevieve Ford, Tuyet Nguyen, Sammy-Rose Scapens and Nicole Thomson


A collective journey to the essence of what it means to be young and full of the sheer joy of life.
— The Listener (NZ)

Up Close Out Loud

2006


Directed by: Sam Scott and Carla Martell
Assistant directors: Wesley Dowdell and Joe Folau
Lighting design: Jeremy Fern
 


Devised and performed by: Scotty Cotter, Winston Harris, Ash Jones, Dominic Ona-Ariki and Tainui Tukiwaho


 
Massive has a distinctive, unique brand of theatre. The lads run through the gamut, from kapa haka, to krumping, to contemporary dance and a risque lip synching Ladies’ Night routine that had
the teenie girls in hoodies squealing, brandishing their cell phones aloft like the Bic lighters of an earlier age. Photos might have been taken.
— Gilbert Wong, Metro.
 

100 Cousins

2005


Written by:  Briar Grace-Smith
Directed by: Sam Scott
Lighting design: Bryan Caldwell
Set and costumes : Tracey Collins


Performed by: Wesley Dowdell, Taungaroa Emile, Joe Folau, Miriama McDowell, Madeleine Sami, Foma'i Taito and Jason Te Kare


 
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Stories from the gritty streets of South Auckland tend to feature only in crime headlines, so this large ensemble production is that rare thing – a performance of the human tales from a place often maligned and rarely understood
— Gilbert Wong, Metro

The Sons of Charlie Paora

2002


Written by:  Lennie James
Directed by: Sam Scott
Lighting design: Bryan Caldwell and Jennifer Lal
Set and costumes: Tracey Collins


Performed by: Wesley Dowdell, Joe Folau, Kiri Lightfoot, Max Palamo, Liston Rua, Fomai'i Taito and Jason Webb


 
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