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Carolyn Flint

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I have been in love with the craft of acting since I could walk and talk. I began drama classes soon after arriving in NZ when I was 7. I have had a varied career in NZ and in England, in the amateur and professional theatre, TV, radio, and film. I came back to NZ just over 4 years ago and started directing – a process I love as I have the privilege of enabling the actor to develop their gift of performance. I am director of my own theatre company, Magenta, that stages both Christian and secular pieces in and out of Auckland in churches, schools, and the community at large! I am thrilled to be, again, working at Stables with the Ellerslie Theatrical Society as part of the AMI Ellerslie One Act Play Festival to bring a whole new company of actors to present Chekhov’s The Bear. Having only considered Chekhov’s work to be serious and quite demanding at times, I was intrigued to read his selection of one act farces – full of exaggerated emotion and very farcical situations. The Bear was originally thought by the censor of 1888 to be “quite unsuitable for performance on the stage due to its highly peculiar theme, coarseness and impropriety of tone’ recommending that certain rude expressions should be cut out. How times have changed – but one thing that hasn’t is the fine line between longing and loathing, love and hate. ENJOY!

For Ellerslie TheatreThe Bear (2009)director