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Jo Randerson

JO RANDERSON  (1973 - )

Nationality:    New Zealander
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Literary Agent:    Playmarket Inc  

Born in Auckland in 1973 Jo moved to Wellington in 1977, attended Clifton Terrace School and then to Wellington Girls College where she was Head Girl. After choosing Theatre and Film as her major at Victoria University, Wellington, she was involved as a writer, director and performer in revues and Theatre productions for VUWSA Drama Club. She also performed at BATS and appeared doing stand-up comedy on A Bit After Ten. Jo spent a year in Australia as a youth worker and nurse at an old people's home, and upon her return formed the Theatre group Trouble with Andrew Foster, Jo Smith and Jason Whyte. In 1995 Fold was written and presented at the Young and Hungry Festival of Youth Theatre at BATS, and later returned to Downstage. In 1996 Jo participated in the prestigious creative writing course at Victoria University with Bill Manhire, and has since published two books of short stories: the Spit Children and the Keys To Hell. Jo formed Barbarian Productions in 2001 and has been touring and performing in her own shows since then - playing in France, Norway, Edinburgh, Belgium, Australia as well as around New Zealand. Jo was the 2001 Burns Fellow at Otago University, Dunedin and has recently been nominated for the IIML Prize in Modern Letters.

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below is a list of Jo Randerson's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        AoTERRORoa         Assisted Living         Big Chips         Cow         Fold         Honey Bear and the Reaper         If you only see one show in your life         Lead Wait, The         Unforgiven Harvest         Yo Future



AoTERRORoa

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Comedy

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Assisted Living

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ASSISTED LIVING investigates a world where this age group is kept separate from the rest of humanity and the various issues that arise from this. Is this really the ideal age'? What would the world look like with no elderly, no children, no death? And is anyone else hearing voices?
- http://www.theatreview.org.nz

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Devised by Aaron Cortesi, Jo RAnderson & Cast; Written by Jo RAnderson

1st Produced:
BATS, Wellington    23 May 2012

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Long Cloud Youth Theatre

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Male:  9+            Female:  9+            Other:  -

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Big Chips

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Heidi and Sarah climb a mountain

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Youth Drama

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Cow

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Beth is trying to make a cow out of leaves but she keeps being interrupted by an obnoxious American tourist, a yuppie couple and her father who thinks he is a cat.

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Young and Hungry Festival, BATS Theatre,    1997

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Genre:
Youth one act

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Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Fold

Synopsis:
A party at the White's home. Roger drinks a lot and party and their daughter does her party trick

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A tough, bitter, very funny one-act play

1st Produced:
BATS Theatre, NZ    1996

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Young & Hungry

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the Play Press, 2001   -

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Dark Comedy Comedy

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Honey Bear and the Reaper

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A woman finds herself in a frightening situation

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Allan Hall, New Zealand    1998

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One act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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If you only see one show in your life

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If you only see one show in your life is action packed, innovative, thrilling, heart breaking, hilarious, breath taking, mind blowing, chilling, deep, provocative, an emotional roller coaster. A never to be seen again, once in a life time experience. It will leave you wanting more
- www.theatreview.org.nz

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1st Produced:
Te Whaea, Wellington    07 Mar 2012

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Play/Drama

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Lead Wait, The

Lead Wait, The
At once real and surreal, hilarious and tragic, Randerson's beautifully crafted characters live fractured lives in a fractured house. Leon and Juliet live in a remote country house, left to them by their parents. Over the years walls have been removed and carpets torn up in preparation for renovations, but instead of working on the house Leon spends his time outside digging holes. the obsession has left the property looking like a war zone and is threatening to bring down the house at its foundations. Juliet meanwhile, sleepwalks her way through a half-hearted affair with their lodger Ian. It's Kiwi dysfunction at its comic best. But the arrival of a mysterious visitor begins a night that will unearth a dark secret buried deep in the past.

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Inspired by Martin McDonagh's brilliant Leenane Trilogy, And nods to modern luminaries Beckett And Pinter, the Lead Wait has become A landmark piece of theatre for its unsettling hypernaturalism And dark wit. the original production (BATS theatre's 1997 STAB commission funded by Creative New Zealand) was famously staged in A fully working house, complete with bathing And cooking facilities, And pioneered 'cinema-like' surround sound.More importantly, it marked the emergence of A new generation of Kiwi theatre makers, with A distinctive new voice.

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One act

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Unforgiven Harvest

Unforgiven Harvest
On a New Zealand farm a teenage girls retaliates against injustice and being ignored

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1st Produced:
WOPPA Season, Downstage, New Zealand    2000

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Yo Future

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17 young performers. One crazy award-winning theatre-maker. Add some inter-generational tension and a planet on the verge of collapse and you'll get YO FUTURE - a radical hybrid of contemporary clowning and choral choreography; funny, angry and totally original.
- www.theatreview.org.nz

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Devised by Jo RAnderson & Cast

1st Produced:
Whitirea Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street, Wellington, NZ    18 Oct 2011

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Whitireia New Zealands Long Cloud Youth Theatre

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Male:  8            Female:  8            Other:  -

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