Massive Past Shows

Chance to Ignite

2017

The Island

2016

The Brave

2012 - 2015

My Bed My Universe

2014

Havoc in the Garden

2011

 

Chance to Ignite

2017

Mangere Arts Centre & Q Theatre Loft


Directed by: Scotty Cotter and Assisted by: Tuyet Nguyen


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


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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.

CHANCE TO IGNITE is Massive Company’s newest emerging artist show. Bring seven young women together; add boxing, jujitzu, 'for real' stories, a lot of sass and you get a CHANCE TO IGNITE.

The cast, aged from 16-24yrs, have devised 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 explodes onto the stage this July, promising to be Massive’s most physical show to date!

 


The Island

2017

New Zealand, Scotland


Devised by: the Company

Directed by: Sam Scott & & Miriama McDowell


Made and Performed by:  Massive Nui Ensemble


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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


Devised by: the Company

Directed by: Sam Scott & Carla Martell


Performed by: Neil Amituanai, Dominic Ona-Ariki, Leki Bourke, Scott 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!

  • Lighting Design by: Jane Hakaraia
  • Styling by: Sara Taylor
  • Costumes by: H U F F E R 
 

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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


Written by: Gary Henderson

Directed by: Sam Scott

In collaboration with NZ Trio


Devised and performed by: Neil Amituanai, Dominic Ona-Ariki, Miriama McDowell, Wesley Dowdell, Max Palamo, Tuyet Nguyen, Justine Cormack, Ashley Brown & Sarah Watkins.

Design by: Lighting by Jane Hakaraia, with Animation by CUT COLLECTIVE, and costumes by Daniel Williams. 


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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 evolves 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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Havoc in the Garden

2011


Written by: Lennie James

Directed by: Sam Scott


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


Whero’s New Net

2009


Written by: Albert Belz

Directed by: Sam Scott


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


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

The Girls Show

2008


Devised by:  Company

Directed: Sam Scott



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


Devised by:  Company



 
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



 
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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



 
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