Starring Lisa Chappell and Paul Glover
Directed by Janice Finn
Two great actors play fourteen characters, from the bantering and bickering publican and his wife to a womanising would-be Lothario and his long suffering girlfriend. There’s the ‘other woman’, hiding behind her sunglasses, trying to drum up courage to confront her married lover; the old man who takes quiet comfort in his memories of his late wife; the fat couple who come to the pub to eat crisps and watch TV; while a buttoned up headmistress type reveals her secret lust for “big men”. In a series of sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, yet always incredibly human vignettes, each character or couple reflects fragments of ourselves as the play mines the depths of human experience.
“Brilliantly, surrealistically and comically poetic” Sunday Times, London
“There are laughter and tears along the way in this emotional rollercoaster” Manchester Evening News
“To live is to war with trolls in heart and woul. To write is to sit in judgement on oneself.” ― Henrik Ibsen, Peer Gynt
Classic Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and New Zealand playwright Eli Kent are going head to head in Peer Gynt [recycled]. These playwrights will be battling it out not only in text, but on stage. Catch Ibsen being reborn in Eli Kent’s Peer Gynt [recycled].
ASB Waterfront Theatre
The Christmas Carol Olympics
The Silly Season is upon us and it doesn’t get much sillier than a
Christopher Guest look at the competitive world of amateur caroling.
Join us for fun, frivolity and fabulous carols this December with
Janice Webb’s stable of singers. Directed by Lisa Chappell
“A delirious creation… Gainsborough on Acid” – Screen International
“Startling, voluptuous… witty sensual entertainment” – The Dominion
“Camper than a row of tents!” – Empire Magazine
The Pink Hammer
Laughter filled and heartwarming – The Pink Hammer hits the nail on the head.
The First Step
THE FIRST STEP is a celebration of art, healing and love with all proceeds going to help those in need.
I directed a creative collaboration between two awesome charities – Healing Through The Arts Trust and Bridge The Gap Project. Together we created a show filled with hope, art, music, song, dance and fashion which we inspired and entertained you.
Auckland’s A-List clusters in Clevedon for a glorious weekend of passes and pony shots. And a little polo. For handsome young waiter Matiu, it’s a golden opportunity to get ahead in a world where wealth must be obscene to be believed and horseplay is best enjoyed naked, up close and personal.
Armed with a six-pack and a smile, Matiu plunges into the glittering pool of privilege where every proposal is indecent and the predators are wicked, wanton and very well endowed. Saddle up for a raunchy, riotous ride on the wild side. Dean Parker lifts the lid on Auckland’s outrageously fortunate and filthy rich in a glossy summer satire with stick and balls. No one who’s anyone can afford to miss the world premiere scandal-fest of Polo!
THE OTHER SIDE OF CHRISTMAS
I’m excited to be back in NZ working with Janice and all her wonderful students directing this years Christmas show.
Christmas can be a wonderful time if you have a home, a loving family and money but for those of us who don’t it can be very challenging.
The concert follows a group of refugees, homeless people and people living on their own using a mix of pop songs, an original, acapella and traditional Christmas songs to create a diverse and moving show.
* The homeless population has doubled in Auckland in the past 12 months.
* We have 59.5 million displaced people in the world right now.
* New Zealand hasn’t increased it’s refugee quota in 30 years.
We’re all in this together and I hope this show will help make a difference in it’s own small way.
SOCIAL CLIMBERS – By Rodger Hall
Six women, one DOC hut high on a mountain and a lot of rain – not the weekend they anticipated, or packed for!
This October Tadpole Productions will be bringing Roger Hall’s insightful situation comedy “Social Climbers” to the PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna,with a superb cast headlined by Lisa Chappell, Louise Wallace and Darien Takle. This production has recently been re-set in the present day, bringing a fresh take to the comedic situations.
A group of five female teachers (with one reluctantly accompanying daughter) embark on a weekend of mountain bushwalking, but torrential rain and a washed out bridge traps them in a DOC hut together for three days. What starts as a high school camp atmosphere rapidly disintegrates into behind the scenes on a reality show! The characters are instantly recognisable as so many of our friends, and even facets of ourselves, as truth, consequences and unexpected revelations, clarify what true friendship really means.
DETROIT – By Lisa D’Amour
Ben and Mary live in a decaying suburb hard hit by economic downturn. He’s lost his job and she’s discovered alcohol. They fire up the barbeque to welcome the arrival of new neighbours; a couple broke and fresh out of rehab. As the night wears on confessions are shared, inhibitions are shed and bacchanalia ensues.
Lisa Chappell stars in the new Darlinghurst Theatre Company production of Detroit. – Daily Telegraph
BAD DAY INSURANCE
Talent of this calibre is a rare and beautiful thing, and to see Chappell and Hytner invent something that moves us on so many levels, is awe-inspiring. – Suzy Go See
Bad Day Insurance will leave you scratching your head, even as you laugh it off. It’s another winning show from Lisa Chappell. – Lisa Thatcher
Lisa Chappell’s self-penned, one-woman show is a macabre comedy that takes us a million miles away from the wholesome, girl-next-door persona of McLeod’s Daughter. It’s wildly imaginative story telling. – NZ Herald
Lisa Chappell not only shows once again that she is one of New Zealand’s most watchable actors, with one of the most compelling voices heard in The Basement for a long time, she also reveals a playwright’s fine intellect and an appetite to write out on a limb. – Theatreview
“The show is entertaining, engaging, hilarious at points, yet quite heart-breaking in others. The music is spectacular and Chappell and Dikkenberg’s voices are like liquid gold.” Australian Stage Review
Lisa Chappell’s presence in the tiny Bordello Theatre is colossal, and her acting is faultless. Her drama and comedy are both high octane, but the gory authenticity she puts into her work makes every moment convincing. Chappell’s performance is determined to hit her audience like a ton of bricks. It is unabashed, unapologetic theatricality at its most flamboyant and audacious, and completely delicious. – Suzy Go See
Chappell and Dougan are a wonderful double act. They have our attention from beginning to end, completely in sync with each other and thriving on the energy of their characters mutual jealousy and sisterhood support. It’s a delicious romp masterfully executed. – Theatrescene
Bad Jelly the Witch
This is a cracking good production that entertains adults and children alike. Chappell’s singing chops are strong; she embraces this with delight. A magical Friday night treat and well worth checking out – Theatreview
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Much Ado About Nothing
Lisa Chappell and Roy Snow, as Beatrice and Benedick, were made for each other. The pair’s “merry war” of words is the very essence of the play, their dialogue is delivered with impeccable timing. The show sparkles when they are on stage. – The Press
Photo by Sabin Holloway
Importance of Being Ernest
Lisa Chappell performance is particularly intriguing as it leaves the audience guessing whether her character’s unshakeable self confidence comes from pure vanity or some obscure source of inner strength. – New Zealand Herald
Design for Living
Lisa Chappell won me over with true leading-lady style. – New Zealand Herald
The The Thirty Nine Steps
Lisa Chappell showcases her versatile skill with a range of classes and types. Chappell extends far beyond the beautiful straight roles she is more known for in television. – Theatreview
There is box-office savvy in casting Lisa Chappell and she proves equal to the challenge, right down to a creditable Scouse accent and slightly goofy mannerisms. Chappell gives an exuberant, well calculated, thoughtful performance. – Sydney Morning Herald
I had the pleasure of stepping in for Sonia Kruger on Channel Nine’s Mornings. It was a wonderful team of people to work with and co-hosting with David Campbell was more fun than you could shake a stick at. Here we are with the lovely Scottish singer songwriter Sandi Thom.
Women’s Day Article
A lovely reunion with the Mcleods women, Michelle Banas, Bridie Carter and Jessica Napier. All as gorgeous as ever.
We had a great day catching up with each other.