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Thanks to our generous sponsors and funders UPSURGE Festival is offering a special programme of selected performances for primary and secondary schools across the Bay of Islands region. The programme is promoted directly to teachers to enable them to link the Festival experience with the school curriculum and maximise learning opportunities in the arts.

Schools Programme

Yes, Yes, Yes

A theatre show for 16 – 18 year olds about the stuff that matters – consent, sex, identifying unhealthy behaviours in our relationships, and fostering healthy ones.

Crafted by Eleanor Bishop (Boys, Mrs. Warren’s Profession) and Karin McCracken (Jane Doe, Body Double) in cahoots with students from Epsom Girls Grammar School, Papakura High School and Rape Prevention Education.

Only Bones

Thomas Monckton’s stage is one metre square. There’s a chair, a lamp and a circle painted on the floor. With its quirky, low-tech aesthetic and using just his bendy, wiggling hands and seemingly uncontrollable face, Monckton creates an exquisite piece of micro-physical theatre unlike anything you’ve seen before.

The Nukes

The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band. Part vaudeville, part ratpack, part musical car crash, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will love. The innocent little uke is the instrument of choice and kids will be staggered by what they are able to achieve with it, as Dave ‘Fingers of Fire’ Parker, Benjamin ‘Country Boy’ Collier and Mike ‘Mighty Sticks’ Burrows coax, caress and beat out a fine blend of folk, bluegrass, reggae and post punk.

Kiss The Sky

The New Zealand Dance Company presents Kiss The Sky, a powerful and contemporary dance work with original music and design reflecting on themes of nature and time.

3 Speed Crunch Box – Rebooted

In this hilarious story of a family of outlandish stunt people, expect impressive aerobatics, spectacular circus tricks and – you won’t believe it – even more stupid characters in this absurd, side-splitting slapstick comedy. Nail biting circus tricks with a phenomenal finish.

Poet & storyteller Glenn Colquhoun

Poet and doctor Glenn Colquhoun grew up in South Auckland and studied theology, English, then medicine. In 1994 he lived in Te Tii, returning to the Bay of Islands later to work as a GP. Glenn now works with young people at the Horowhenua Youth Health Service, and brings his affinity with youth to his engaging school performances.

Supported by the New Zealand Book Council.

UPSURGE Festival 2019