Auckland Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

Best Production Design Overall

Auckland Arts Festival Award

Best Musical Score




'Tonight, two consummate actors, supported by brilliant sound, painting in light, working with unique sets and props, and backing it all with an innovative and evocatively expressive score created such agreeable magic that describing the events would simply assassinate the experience.' -Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival Feb '17

'Everything about this piece is interesting: the idea of deconstructing theatre, wonderfully made props, great sound and committed, talented performers.' - West End Rowing Club Mar '17



The floating theatre has been here all along, in our imagination, in our dreams and just out of reach from the grasp of pragmatism. The teams of people who believed it would arrive were dreamers and tenacious fools, but there it is moored up temporarily like a phantom captured by celluloid.

The players who were homeless for weeks and years have been reignited by the spirits, trapped in a timeless tradition of sound and sight: the primo uomo, the master of ceremony, the dusty concierge, the people of Edo and the innocent souls.

The theatre is breathing, the theatre is sleeping, the theatre is caressing our hand and begging us not to wake up.              

The Floating Theatre is a 60 minute show which can be watched from inside or out. Be one of 30 people to see the show up close from within the luminous walls, where a tiny stage transforms into an endless landscape and no-one is who they seem. Or watch it from outside as a shadow-play for free.  

No age restrictions

Running time - 60 mins

In it's inaugural season The Floating Theatre played

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival (20th - 23rd Feb 2017)

West End Rowing Club - Avondale, Auckland (1st - 4th March 2017)

Viaduct Marina - Central Auckland (8th - 11th March 2017)


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The Floating Theatre




Direction/ design – Stephen Bain

Performers – Jenny McArthur & Jeremy Randerson

Music Composed – Jeff Henderson

Lights – Sean Curham

Costumes - Sarah-Jane Blake

Performance design – Sarah-Jane Blake & Stephen Bain

Video design & operation – Stephen Bain

Publicity – Hermione Johnson

Permits – Olivia Taouma

Production – Winning Productions

Marine Advisor – Alistair Moore

Construction assistance – Luke Boyle

Design assistance – Ruby Read

Front of House – Liz Kirk & Lisa Greenfield

Musicians – Jeff Henderson, Tom Callwood, Nell Thomas,

Daniel Beban, Gerard Crewdson, Anthony Donaldson



Designer – Stephen Bain, Engineer – Nick Barnfield (Showquip), Steel Construction – Matthew Immanual-Burt (Metalmen), Fabric skin – Warwick Bell (Fabric Structure Systems), Detail drawings – Sills van Bohemen Architecture, Barge hire – Nick & Sally Lewis (Marine Services Auckland), Stage Doors – Jeremy Randerson.



Creative New Zealand, Chartwell Trust, Auckland Council, Whau Local Board, Winning Productions



Sarah-Jane Blake, Chris O’Connor, Nisha Madhan, Geoff Gilson, Anna Hewlett, John Downie, Kerryn Lynch,



University of Tasmania, Dorita Hannah, Luke Boyle, Ruby Read, West End Rowing Club, Panuku Development Auckland, Glenda & Roger Moore, Viaduct Marina, Sue Gardiner, Syvia Fay, Auckland Fringe Festival, Melissa Laing, Hermione Johnson, Audio Foundation, John Radford, Jeff Henderson, Rich Rigging, Melanie Johnson, Nisha Madhan, Sean Curham.

Jeremy Randerson & Jenny McArthur for their enormous contribution to all areas of production & creation.


The FLOATING THEATRE will be touring late 2017 / 18 - For information on how it might come to your city contact 

Stephen Bain (director - Winning Productions)

(+64) 21 19 111 20