Wine Lips

Wine Lips Photo: Oliver Morse

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Backstage on the closing night of Scotty's last show as stage manager. Scotty has invited actor and ex-girlfriend Brit to share a bottle of wine with him. She brings the wine, he brings the unpleasant memories. They both bring the quarter-life crisis.

Award-winning Auckland writer Sam Brooks takes you out of the theatre and throws you into the dark recesses of the green room, where shared histories and awkward memories smack lips in the mirror.

Sam Brooks

Sam Brooks Photo: Playmarket

Sam Brooks is an Auckland-based playwright, journalist and lip-sync artist. He was co-winner of Playmarket’s Playwrights b4 25 competition two years in a row; in 2012 for three plays: Auckland Shakes, Mab’s Room and The Sacred Prodigies and in 2013 for Queen.

In 2014, he received a Highly Commended prize at the Adam Play Awards for his play Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys and was named Auckland’s Most Exciting Playwright by Metro Magazine. He has had more than ten of his plays produced - mostly at the Basement Theatre in Auckland.

Sam was commissioned to write a play for the Young and Hungry Festival and given Creative New Zealand funding to write a play about stuttering.

His writing has been published by The Pantograph Punch, The Wireless (RNZ) and The Lumiere Reader.

Sam Jake and Karin

Sam Jake and Karin Photo: RNZ

Wine Lips is presented as part of a year-long partnership between RNZ and BATS Theatre - Live On Stage, Now!

Live On Stage, Now! makes audio recordings of selected productions from BATS in 2016 and 2017. RNZ and BATS want to make top-quality New Zealand stage works more available to audiences everywhere, within the theatre itself and beyond.

The partnership will mean greater opportunities for New Zealand artists, and a chance for more people to access fantastic new Kiwi theatre productions. Recorded productions will be played on air on RNZ once at the beginning of the on-stage season at BATS, and then will be available online on the RNZ website for a limited time after the stage run ends.

Adam Macaulay, RNZ’s Commissioning Editor for Drama, says “It’s about giving these productions a nation-wide profile, increasing the buzz around them and extending their life beyond the walls of the theatre. And we get to support the great work BATS is doing.”

Heather O’Carroll, Programme Manager at BATS says, “We are thrilled to partner with RNZ, another vital organisation in Wellington's artistic community, to provide a valuable opportunity to showcase our artists and BATS Theatre as a home for new New Zealand work on a national platform.”

RNZ is very happy to partner with BATS Theatre for Live On Stage. Now!

BATS Theatre is a not-for-profit pick ‘n’ mix of live performance awesomeness. They've been brightening up the Wellington night with theatrical good times since 1989.