Images: Erik Norder courtesy of Christchurch Arts Festival
Take a thrilling expedition into the future in this multi-media adventure featuring love, laughter, music and property speculation. Erewhon Revisited shines a stunning new light on Samuel Butler’s classic NZ novel as newly-qualified Magic Lantern Showman Arthur Meek makes past and future into a bracelet of time by combining an antique Victorian animated slide projector with its latest descendant: his iPhone. Featuring live music score by Eva Prowse.
"marvellous production... I am singularly, utterly delighted." - Erin Harrington, The Pantograph Punch.
Arthur Meek adapted Samuel Butler's novel Erewhon (1872) for the stage during his 2016 Scotland Residency.
The premiere production was produced by Arthur, who commissioned and oversaw the development of
Arthur also produced the tour to Christchurch.
Based on Samuel Butler’s classic NZ novel Erewhon (1872)
Written & performed by Arthur Meek
Directed by Nicholas Bone & Geoff Pinfield
Imagery by Sharon Murdoch and Emily Thomas
Music by Eva Prowse
Produced by Profit & Delight
Script commissioned by Creative New Zealand
Production commissioned by Christchurch Arts Festival.
A 360° immersive trailer for Erewhon Revisited. For the full effect watch using Google Cardboard or a similar viewing device.
It was made by Tom Horder and edited by Arthur for POVR.
To rent 360 filming equipment from POVR, just get in touch.
Images Paul McLaughln
“Heartbreaking and terrifying to witness.” Celebrated novelist Emily Perkins reimagines Ibsen’s 19th century classic and drops it into present-day New Zealand. Sophie Hambleton (TV’s Westside) gives a searing performance as Nora. Directed by award-winning television and theatre director Katherine McRae (Shortland Street, Go Girls, An Enemy of the People), this is a story with women at the centre. It's been described as “a perfectly honed piece of theatre” with “a stunningly powerful ending.”"
Arthur played the modern equivalent of Nora Helmer's husband Torvald.
"..in the role of Theo, Meek is a brilliant foil to Nora, not the domineering husband of the original but a loving, warm and genuine husband and father trying to work out what is going on as his world crashes down around him." - Ewen Colman, The Dominion Post
Circa Theatre 22 October - 19 November 2016
“As an up-to-the minute treatise on modern living and the issues surrounding parenting in today’s world, presented in a unique and intriguing way, this is a must-see production.” – Ewen Coleman, The Dominion Post
Written by Duncan MacMillan
Starring Aidee Walker and Arthur Meek
Directed by Dean Hewison
Produced by Adrianne Roberts @Show Pony
Adapted from a book by Richard Meros by Arthur Meek and Geoff Pinfield, directed by Geoff, performed by Arthur.
"Low-brow and brilliant" - New York Magazine
Richard Meros, B.A. is the Machiavelli of the Millenials. In this anarchic journey into the hot and heavy heart of Western Civilisation, Meros proves, step by barkingly-logical step, that Hillary Clinton not only wants a Young Lover, but needs one to initiate a Golden Age of American culture and society. Furthermore, the only possible candidate for this coveted position is, by rational necessity, him.
Arthur co-wrote and starred in this stage show that toured the world to acclaim. In New York, it was presented at La Mama Experimental Theatre then invited to perform at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theatre.
At the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe it was previewed by The Times UK and earned a coveted 5-star review in Festmag, which called it ‘one of the smartest pieces of writing in the fringe.’
On the Conditions & Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover was made into a comedy special with the help of the New Zealand Film Commission and Peter Jackson.
Written by Arthur Meek & Geoff Pinfield
Directed by Dean Hewison
The full film can be viewed at vimeo.com/162812560.
You can purchase On the Upside Down of the World, Trees Beneath the Lake and The Young Lover Activity Guide - everything you need to land the commander in chief of your dreams.
Published by Profit & Delight and shipped to you anywhere in the world.
Commissioned by Auckland Theatre Company.
"Trees Beneath the Lake matches its big themes with big drama and big laughs. Meek has my complete confidence; give him yours too." - Metro
In the aftermath of the global recession, former golden boy William Campbell's political dreams and financial practices have hit the rocks. Facing an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, he returns to his mother Nieve's Central Otago home in a last-ditch effort to salvage his marriage, fortune and reputation. However, the place is not what it used to be. Years ago the Campbells lost their battle to save the family orchard from being flooded beneath the waters of the Clyde Dam. Now, as Nieve's family reconvenes to fight for their future, the fiercely-proud matriarch accidentally shines a devastating new light on their past.
Auckland Theatre Company Production
The Maidment Theatre 4 -27 September 2014
Marlborough Repertory Society
The Boathouse Theatre 6-16 April 2016
Director -Simon Bennett
Dramaturg - Philippa Campbell
Set Designer - Tracey Collins
Set Design Supervisor - Rachael Walker
Costume Designer - Sara Taylor
Lighting Designer - Phillip Dexter MSc
Composer - Jason Smith
William Campbell - Michael Hurst
Jennifer Campbell - Theresa Healey
Nieve Campbell - Catherine Wilkin
Ruth Laughton - Brooke Williams
Tom Mayhew - Peter Hayden
Ross Campbell - Leighton Stichbury
Director: Pam Logan with Tamara Henry
Cast: Paul Southey, Kate Parker, Peter Morice, Bridget McNamara, Seth Robinson and Helen Grant
Arthur worked with regular screen collaborator Dean Hewison on this advertisement for Kellogg's All Bran.
Featuring Arthur Meek and Rowan Bettjeman
Directed by Dean Hewison
Creatives Sam Dickson & Mariona Wesselo-Comas
Producer Mary Wall - Two Birds
DOP Chris Matthews
Editor Tim Mauger
Music Tane Upjohn-Beatson
"The play is one which will enter the pantheon of great New Zealand theatre." - National Business Review
ON THE UPSIDE DOWN OF THE WORLD is set during the colonisation of the last place on earth. It’s the story of an unlikely female pioneer who blazes a unique trail through the untamed political landscapes of New Zealand’s early history when she’s forced to foster a peculiar Maori boy.
After being performed to acclaim throughout New Zealand since 2011, Edinburgh hosted the European premiere of a show that resonates with audiences from any nation with immigration in its heart and mind.
Winner of the Script Writers Association of New Zealand Award for Best Play 2011.
Past and future in the palm of your hand.
Mozivision was formed in 2010 to create iPhone-based mobile video guides for art galleries and tourism spaces. Mozivison provided a start-to-finish service. It created and produced the content, designed and commissioned bespoke software and supplied and maintained hardware and point of sales systems for its clients.
It made video guides for the Oceania exhibition at the City Gallery in Wellington and for Te Wairoa the Buried Village in Rotorua, New Zealand.
This promotional video for Mozivision was created in 2010 by Arthur Meek, John Ong & Alek Stojanovik. The logo is designed by Brad Knewstubb.
"Head spinningly excellent.” – The New Zealand Herald.
Arthur Meek co-created and starred in his own network television series Feedback - a seven-episode series made by Great Southern Television for TVNZ. It's a satirical sketch show about a disgraced team of late-night reporters who try to win a primetime slot by fabricating most outrageously watchable fake news stories New Zealand has ever seen.
It screened on New Zealand’s second most-viewed channel, TV2. The series reruns on a regular basis across various channels on the TVNZ network. It was co-created by Arthur Meek, Matt Heath, Geoff Pinfield and Phil Smith for Great Southern Television.
View Series 1 Episode 7 below.
"Every tiny skerrick of it is astounding" - Theatreview
Theatre Beating's The Magic Chicken is a slapstick treat of culinary chaos: two underlectual chefs in a Seussian kitchen mixing up a hilarious concoction of punk-panto physical comedy, live music and puppetry. As our half-baked heroes juggle pots, pans and a snarling customer, their lives are interrupted by a mysterious feathered friend… the orders are coming thick and fast, but can our dumb waiters stop the caper from turning to custard?
Arthur co-produced the remount of this acclaimed late-night show and brought it to family audiences around New Zealand on a major tour of venues. He was responsible for contracting, payroll, design commissioning and touring logistics.
Created by Geoff Pinfield, Trygve Wakenshaw and Barnie Duncan
Starring Trygve Wakenshaw, Barnie Duncan, Mark Claire & Jonny Brugh
Directed by Geoff Pinfield.
Two African-American performers, living a hundred years apart, travel to Australia in pursuit of fame and fortune and experience strangely similar, yet happily different fates.
From a caravan high in the hills of Corstorphine, four siblings (Arty, Miri, Benny and Gary Buckwhip) sing surprisingly tunefully about their hard-luck lives and thwarted aspirations as they shamelessly conform to popular stereotypes about the character and behaviour of the impecunious
A financial wizard on the brink of disgrace returns to his hometown in Central Otago to pull off the confidence trick of his life and salvage his golden reputation.
The second theatrical dissertation of Richard Meros BA (Hons) as he helps a semi-soft nation to rediscover its Pioneering Hardness.
A seven-part comedy newscast about a repugnant crew of late-night muckrakers who scrape the bottom of the media barrel in their quest to find enough eyeballs to get them back to primetime.
An unlikely pioneer blazes a unique trail through the untamed landscapes of New Zealand’s early history when she’s forced to foster a peculiar Māori boy.
A sick genius has to find the courage to change the world, and the strength to face the fallout.
A mini-media company that creates site-specific mobile video content to bring heritage sites and art galleries to life.
Seven cleverly and affectionately linked snapshots of New Zealand life spanning three countries and 150 years, Sheep is about products and people and the tangled relationship between technology and biology.
An anarchic and incisive PowerPoint-driven satire in which Richard Meros, BA, an overeducated, under-achieving, free-market Casanova charges through the pop-cultural slipstream to prove his amorous point.
An LGBT comedy set in the toilets of a notorious Wellington gay bar.