The Potential for Rain
by Joshua Baty
Premiered 26th of April, 2022 | THE FACTORY, ONEHUNGA. Auckland, NZ
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Samantha's dad is moving out. What does that mean for her and her siblings? What will they take with them and why on earth has it been raining for more than a week?
WRITTEN BY + Sound Design
Dawn Glover + Joshua Baty
Prop Design + Support
Costume Design + Support
Production + Rehearsal Assistant
Ifat Vayner - IPuppet
Set Design + Construction
Stephen (The Factory)
JETHROMore on Mustaq
Mustaq arrived in New Zealand in March 2014 and made his debut theatrical performance in Prayas's production of Charandas Chor - The Honest Thief and then continued with several noteworthy performances in Auckland, one of which earned him the Judge's and People's Choice Awards, and The Best Actor Award. Mustaq took part in the 2015 Summer Shakespeare season of A Midsummer Night's Dream, where he played the role of Egeus, and later acted in The Mourning After, the first Sri Lankan play in New Zealand.
He was in The Lesson, an absurdist play by Eugene Ionesco, and in March 2016 and 2017 he was in The Summer Shakespeare production of The Tempest at The Pop Up Globe and As You Like It. In 2018, he was seen in Dara by Prayas, First World Problems by Agaram, a Cantonese version of Ionesco’s The Chairs and America Rex, by JK Productions. In 2019, he was in Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance, a co-production between Auckland Theatre Company and Prayas, as well as Silo Theatre’s production of My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak, directed and written by Ahi Karunaharan.
In 2020 he performed a solo walking tour show, Standing At The Edge, which was a meditation on the relationships between property, debt, work and community as they play out on the suburban fringes of Auckland. He also was a cast member in the Auckland Theatre’s Company online production of The Seagull, directed by Eleanor Bishop.
Since joining Navi Collaborative in 2014, Josh has worked professionally in a number of creative fields, including TV producer and video edit. Having now shifted to the role of a Radio producer/announcer Josh is stepping into 2022 with high hopes for his second original stage play "The Potential for Rain".
"Navi's commitment to working with others has provided so many opportunities and lessons that have helped me mature as a creative person. I am so excited for what 2022 holds. We have seen multiple setbacks to the arts due to the pandemic, but regardless Navi sees the value in art that impacts our culture and society."
ONEMore on Megan
Megan is an Auckland based actor, originally hailing from the Waikato. During her time studying opera at Waikato Conservatorium of Music, she completely fell in love with theatre. This lead her to act in countless productions during her studies, including Time and the Conways, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Orlando. Her love for theatre and acting inspired a hunger to learn as much as she could, and in 2020 she relocated to Auckland to attend The Actor’s Program - an incredible, and life changing experience!
Megan is so excited to be working with Navi Collaborative on The Potential for Rain - an absurdist romp through the nostalgia of the 90s, but with an emotionally charged core at the heart of it.
SAMANTHAMore on Benny
Benny Joy Smith
Benny Joy Smith is excited to be playing Sam in this season of The Potential For Rain. She recently played the role of Annie in Power Rangers: Dino Fury, and starred in Tim Bray Theatre Company’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt as Rosemary, and in their Christmas season of The Santa Claus Show as Kelly. Benny studied a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Acting for Screen and Theatre) at Unitec, graduating in 2018. When she’s not acting, she has her own photography business and works as a reliever for early childcare centres. She wants to thank God for everything, her family for always supporting her dreams, and Navi Collaborative for this opportunity.
NICHOLASMore on Uhyoung
Uhyoung Choi is a Korean New Zealander born in the United Kingdom.
After graduating from the University of Auckland with Majors in Law, Politics, and Philosophy, Uhyoung began to pursue a career in acting and writing.
As he continues on this stable and fiscally reasonable path, he can’t help but feel that he is living his best life.
More on Uhyoung
Diane comes from a background in circus and physical theatre. During the day, she works as a video editor and is currently training to be a stunt performer. The Potential for Rain is her third project with Navi Collaborative - a venture which allowed her to discover an enjoyment of speaking as an artificially intelligent being. Diane likes to spend her evenings with her husband Chad, her dog Taco and many other AIs in the video gaming world.
Dawn Glover is a founding member of Navi Collaborative and the acting Artistic Director. Dawn is an actor (represented by Trio Arts), singer (The Dead Travellers), writer (The Dummy, (on) WHATIPU), director (Balls, Interoception, How Do You Like Your Eggs, The Mad Hatter's Funk, The Cheshire Cat's Smile), acting coach (Kacie Stetson Studios & Chocolate Lantern Theatre company), runner, and obsessed greyhound mum.
CHRISTINEMore on Tara
Tara has been acting since she was a child. She took a break to pursue a degree in Philosophy and Sign Language but ended up being drawn back to her first passion. Most recently, she played Ivy in Bare a Pop Opera. She has been involved with The Potential For Rain since before the first lockdown and is lucky to work with such a dedicated team. Tara is so excited to finally bring it to the stage for you. Like Christine, she is an older sister and has organised quite a few family member’s moves.
Get ready to take a trip back to the 90s...
We would like to give a Special Thanks to...
Candace Borchert (Woah Studio)
The Potential for Rain had its premier season at Auckland's newest venue, The Factory Theatre. It was a rare and special experience to be the first show in a brand new theatrical space.
We can't recommend The Factory team and the space enough!
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