A hand-up for 12 live shows that otherwise would almost certainly have been abandoned because of the financial risk is what Auckland's Basement Theatre is can now offer through its new Co-Pro initiative.
Money from Creative New Zealand's Adaptation fund - adaptation for life post-Covid - and the Basement's willingness to change the way it charges theatre groups to use the venue, have made it possible.
The first of the Co-Pro programme shows is about to be performed in both Wellington and Auckland - and it's a case of third time lucky for the creators of Standard Acts after Auckland's two lockdowns got in the way.
Lynn Freeman talked with award-winning creatives Karin McCracken and Meg Rollandi, who are looking forward to finally getting Standard Acts on stage. But first she spoke to Nisha Madhan from the Basement about Co-Pro..
Standard Acts opens at Bats Theatre in Wellington this Thursday before its season at Auckland's Basement Theatre next month.