MAGNOLIA STREET (Ages 8+)

On this street you’ll discover that magnolia trees have hearts, unexpected friendships are the best kind, and 1944 can be just around the corner.

Using multimedia and electronics to blur the line between what’s imagined and what’s real, Australia’s Frank Newman directs with his trademark combination of sharp storytelling and beautifully surprising animation.

Hold your breath — you’re arriving at Magnolia Street.

Writer: Dave Armstrong
Director: Frank Newman
Audio Visual Designer: Johann Nortje
Composer: Gareth Hobbs
Lighting Designer: Nathan McKendry
Starring: Erin Banks, Byron Coll and Robin Kerr

Newman’s latest theatrical experiment, housed at New Zealand’s Capital E …is allowing him to explore the most cutting-edge and unexpected ways to reinvent the experience of theatre for young audiences.” TYA Today, USA, 2012

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"Capital E's first show in its new home is a winner and definitely for all ages. Mr McGee & the Biting Flea takes five short stories by Pamela Allen and turns them into highly entertaining, expertly performed, amusingly choreographed, musical adventures."
Newman’s latest theatrical experiment, housed at New Zealand’s Capital E …is allowing him to explore the most cutting-edge and unexpected ways to reinvent the experience of theatre for young audiences.
Hinepau is a stunning production that truly celebrates Maori culture in a format which is accessible, engaging and importantly, fun.
"There are multimedia projections, amazing puppetry, actors in wonderfully choreographed sequences and, of course, the symphony orchestra all combining harmoniously to create what is a truly amazing piece of theatre."
The ride she takes us on is as thrilling as it is educational. It is a brilliant introduction to the concepts of history and prehistory for the young.
"...this is high quality theatre for children and a great asset for the country."
"...the unfolding drama is clearly played out and instantly accessible as directly relevant to all our lives, which makes it very engaging and highly entertaining."
"Entrancing and intriguing for the younger ones, who will intuitively recognise true experiences they rarely see replicated in theatre, it also leaves older observers with plenty to think about in terms of how a lot of lives are lived and where our humanity lies."
“…moving and poignant, but hilarious as well. I learned more about WW1 in that hour than I ever did at school or university! It really was outstanding – so impressed.”
Songs of the Sea is beautiful and enchanting theatre. Our audiences sat spellbound.