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Written by Jess Sayer
Directed by Cameron Rhodes
presented by Junket Theatre

[1 hr]

at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 20 Feb 2013 to 23 Feb 2013

Reviewed by:  Heidi North-BaileyMatt Baker (Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog);


Three Actors Program fledglings kick off their training wheels and hit the ground running with the premiere of their theatre company's original new show ‘Elevator'. Directed by Cameron Rhodes and featuring Michele Hine, Jess Sayer and Lauren Gibson, Elevator runs from the 20th – 23rd of February 2013 at the Basement Theatre.

Elevator is the story of 3 women - each with a very dangerous secret. When Harper, Samantha and Bree are trapped in a broken-down elevator, keeping their secrets becomes harder than any of them thought.

The masks are up. The smiles are on. Everybody has a story and they're sticking to it.

Penned by Jess Sayer, Elevator explores the idea of claustrophobia in all its many forms. The characters in Elevator are not only trapped physically, but are also trapped in their own perceived wrongs. In secrets. In lies.

Elevator speaks to the idea of society categorizing people they don't understand just to avoid dealing with them. Harper, Samantha and Bree have been put in their box, and now its up to them to find their way out.

Cameron Rhodes has been working for over 23 years as an actor in Theatre, TV and film, and as a voiceover artist. Since graduating from Toi Whaakari in 1987, he has appeared in over 75 productions, at theatres that include the ATC, Silo Theatre, Downstage and Circa.

Michele Hine is has been a professional actor, director and acting teacher for 35 years. She has acted extensively in TV, film and theatre, most recently as Carol in GO GIRLS series 2 and 3. In the past year she has also been seen on stage in the title role of THE HOUSE OF BERNADA ALBA, THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, TOYS and won a Hackman theatre award for her portrayal of Jude in THE IDEA OF AMERICA.

Junket Theatre was founded in 2012 by Jess Sayer, Lauren Gibson and Simea Holland. The trio met at The Actors' Program, a new initiative started in Auckland in 2012 by a prestigious board of industry professionals. Junket Theatre was born because its founders saw a need for new New Zealand work with a voice that pushes boundaries and asks questions of its audiences. The company has a vested interest in tourable work, with a strong emphasis on writing and theatrical performances that will hold their own on an increasingly global stage.

Jess Sayer was the recipient of the 2011 Playmarket B4 25 Award for her first play “FIX”. She has since been shortlisted for the esteemed Adam NZ Playwriting award in 2012 with her second play Beautiful Coincidences. Her play “FIX” was also selected for the 2012 Read Raw.

Lauren Gibson was the recipient of the 2011 Chapman Tripp Award for Most Promising Female Newcomer for her work in Circa Theatre's production of ‘August: Osage County'. After working in Wellington theatre for the past 3 years she made the move up to Auckland to join The Actors' Program.

Simea Holland is the third and final co-founder of Junket Theatre. She graduated from South Seas Film and Television School in 2011 and is currently training at The Actors' Program.

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to  

ELEVATOR takes place
20th – 23rd February, 8pm
Duration: 60 mins
Venue: The Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Tickets: Full Price - $15, Concession - $13.30 Bookings: