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A Staged Playreading

Notes on Camp

Thursday Feburary 15, 2024 • 7pm
Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place


A staged reading of a new play by Murdoch Keane.

Notes on Camp is Murdoch Keane's unauthorised adaption of Susan Sontag's essay of the same name. It's Trisha Paytas writing To Kill a Mockingbird. It's a synchronized swimming routine in the Mariana Trench. It's Helen Keller's stage debut in The Sound of Music. Prayers answered, wishes granted, ruby slippers - never worn. 

Carmel McGlone - Stage Directions

Conan Hayes - The Star

Paul Barett - Sir John Gromit

Awa Puna - Ensemble

Sean Rivera - Ensemble

Hannah Lynch - Ensemble

Tom Clarke - Ensemble

Blaise Clotworthy - Ensemble 

Yvette Parsons - Ensemble

Free to attend, no reservation required.

This event is part of the 2024 Auckland Pride Festival. Find out more here.

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Awa Puna

She / They

Ngāti Kahungu ki Wairoa, Ngāi Tūhoe

Awa Puna is a whakawahine filmmaker and actor. In 2021, she wrote and directed the NZIFF award-winning TŪĪ, about a trans teen discovering her identity.  Nominated for the Queer Maori Representative of the Year award in 2019,  Awa has since acted on Whina, Shortland Street, Ahikaaroa and written for Warner Brothers and TVNZ with Testify, Rūrangi and Better The Blood.

Blaise Clotworthy

Photo by Jake Dennis

They / Them

After pursuing a career in the HIV sector for the last five years, Blaise is honoured to be back reading for Murdoch Keane's adaption of Notes on Camp.

Carmel McGlone

"Carmel McGlone is great. She consistently says that about herself.  She can be an outrageous flirt and will do anything if the price is right. Her recent work includes the yet to be released TV series Madam. She is a real whore in that one, eh. Point made."

Conan Hayes

He / They

Ngā Puhi

Since graduating from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, versatile stage actor and dancer Conan starred in the feature film ‘Punch’. His TV credits include Netflix's 'Sweet Tooth,' 'The Wilds,' and lead roles in local series 'Self Help' and 'Burbs,' as well as Flat Three Productions' 'Meme.' Conan is  also interested in exploring what it means to be queer and Māori in Aotearoa. 

Hannah Lynch

Photo by Frankie Berge

She / Her

Ngāti Porou

Hannah Lynch is a multi-disciplinary artist of Samoan and Palagi descent who also whakapapa Ngāti Porou. As an actor, she starred in feature film Petrol, featured at Locarno, MIFF, and MOMA's New Directors New Films Festival in 2023. She scores film and dance work across the motu and is releasing an album under “Hun Lynch” later in the year.

Murdoch Keane

Photo by Andi Crown

He / Him

In kindergarten Murdoch began to perform one woman shows for the other children at lunchtime - twenty years later and this desire to put on a show for those around him has not ceased. Inspired by the likes of Paul Verhoeven, Sandra Bernhard and Nicki Minaj, he dreams of re vitalising theatre for his generation and creating naughty work in a healed world.

Paul Barrett

He / Him

Paul is an actor, singer, pianist and voice performer. Since his professional debut in 1980 he has performed in over one hundred plays, sung roles or been musical director on a further thirty shows, and has recorded hundreds of commercial voice overs, documentaries and audiobooks. Paul has also featured in many television series. From March 2022 he has played the role of Stanley Thompson in Shortland Street.

Sean Dioneda Rivera

Photo by Andi Crown

He / They / Siya

Sean Dioneda Rivera is a queer, Fillipino-Pakeha award-winning artist based in Tāmaki-Makaurau. A graduate of the acting programme at Toi Whakaari (2021) Sean has been working as an actor, writer, director and dramaturg. Sean’s recent credits include Losing Face (2023), Flames (2021-2023), Concerning the UFO sighting outside Mt Roskill, Auckland (2023), To Be Frank (2022), Rich People Cry Too (2022), Bridge Park Tennis Club (2023), and the Toi Whakaari solo season (2022).

Tom Clarke

He / They

Tom Clarke is a queer theatre-maker and secondary school kaiako from Tāmaki Makaurau, who graduated from Toi Whakaari in 2016. Tom toured his show 'Cook Thinks Again' with Barbarian Productions as part of Auckland Fringe in 2021 to critical acclaim. On screen he has appeared in Anna Rose Duckworth's short 'Just Kidding I Actually Love You' (2023), and Mohammed Hassan's 'Miles From Nowhere' (2023).

Yvette Parsons

She / Her

Yvette is an actor and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau.  Best known for her role in the series Educators playing school receptionist Sheree, as well as for the film Nude Tuesday (2022) as manageress Margret, and as the vampire MC in What We Do In The Shadows,  and the regularly sky-clad Minerva in Shortland Street. Other tv appearances include BBC2’s The Luminaries, Brokenwood Mysteries, Wellington Paranormal and Taika Waititi’s soon to be released Time Bandits.

Ellen Melville Centre

2 Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1000


Ellen Melville Centre is in Freyberg Square, opposite the rainbow staircase in central Auckland. This event will be held on the first floor of the venue, in the Pioneer Women's Hall. The hall is wheelchair friendly, via an elevator, and has an accessible toilet.

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