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Jason, Anapela and Lucie (Stage Manager) hold a keyboard during rehearsal

With a Little Help From Your Friends: Getting Every Brilliant Thing Onstage

With a Little Help From Your Friends: Getting Every Brilliant Thing Onstage

Anapela and Jason are directed by Danielle over Zoom
Jason sits and Anapela rocks out on a keyboard
Danielle Cormack is talking from a laptop screen

“I remember there was probably about three or four days where we literally just sat. I felt like I just sat watching my screen, completely frozen, almost debilitated in this limbo state where I just did not know what to do.” Jess Smith, Silo Theatre’s Executive Director, recalls what it was like to run a theatre company when, in late March, live performance was outlawed overnight. “I didn't know what the right decision was."

I didn't know how we were going to even approach the idea of having to postpone a bunch of stuff or cancel shows, and how audiences were going to react.

It’s now November, and here you are, together with a bunch of strangers, sitting in Samoa House in Tāmaki Makaurau, about to watch a show. After the year we’ve had, it’s a wee bit of a miracle. So here’s a small glimpse into running a theatre during a pandemic, and the story of how Silo Theatre’s Every Brilliant Thing finally made it to the stage, after all...

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