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History

Celebrating fourteen years of creating original visual theatre

Founding members Kate Parker and Julie Nolan collaborated on three successful works: Moa Hunting, The Butcher’s Daughter, and Beyond the Blue before officially forming Red Leap Theatre Charitable Trust in 2008 with producer Lauren Hughes.

Our History:

2009 – The Arrival was commissioned by the Auckland Arts Festival. Based on Shaun Tan’s graphic novel, The Arrival has toured throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

2010 – The Arrival was awarded six Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. Red Leap ran the first of the Incubator development workshop for established artists. This workshop would be run successfully until 2020.

2011 – Auckland Arts Festival commissioned a second award-winning production Paper Sky.

2012 – Red Leap presented The Arrival plays at the International Arts Festival in Korea. Paper Sky plays at Mangere Arts Centre for the Southside Festival and tours to Downstage in Wellington.

2013 – The Arrival tours to Macau and Taiwan. Paper Sky is toured to Northland.

2014 – SEA premiered at the Maidment Theatre, Auckland.

2015 – Dust Pilgrim premieres at Forum North Whangarei, and plays at Q Theatre in Auckland.

2016 – Dust Pilgrim tours the North Island. Red Leap hosts the Women in Theatre hui at Corbans Estate. Starlings performs as a POP project across Auckland

2017 – Kororāreka – The Ballad of Maggie Flynn premiered at Q Rangatira in July.

2018 – Red Leap toured Dust Pilgrim around the South Island, and took Kororāreka across Aotearoa. Owls Do Cry begins development.

2019 – Red Leap premiered Owls Do Cry at the Waitaki Festival in Ōamaru, and Q Theatre in Auckland. Dakota of the White Flats begins development.

2020 – Owls Do Cry was toured to Whangarei, and we began our emerging directors initiative, the Greenhouse.

2021 – Dakota of the White Flats was premiered in Whangarei, Owls Do Cry has been toured to the South Island. Dakota of the White Flats opened at Q Theatre. The Greenhouse made a return with three incredible young female directors.

2022 – Ella Becroft becomes Artistic Director of the Company as Red Leap transitions to a Legacy Organisation. Owls Do Cry was toured to Hamilton and Wellington. Hey, Gerda! and Moe Miti begin development.

Awards

2022 PAYPA Awards:

Dakota of the White Flats

Most Original Production – Dakota of the White Flats

2016 wellington THEATRE AWARDS:

Dust Pilgrim

Best Set Design – Poppy Serano
Best Lighting Design – Rachel Marlow

2012 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards:

Paper Sky

Most Original Production
Best Design – John Verryt

2010 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards:

The Arrival

Best Production
Most Original Production
Best Director – Julie Nolan
Best Design – John Verryt
Best Costume Design – Elizabeth Whiting
Female newcomer of the year – Ella Becroft