H-J and Emily have a working relationship that spans 14 years, harking back to the days where H-J stage managed an ambitious production of Romeo and Juliet, in which Emily played Lady Capulet, alongside H-J’s dad.
They cut their producing/writing/directing teeth together at Dunedin’s Globe Theatre, producing two double-bill seasons, alongside playwright Nathan Matthews of Lips/See (2002) and Sweet Meats/The Takeover (2003).
Other highlights of their working relationship include Marvin’s Room (Globe Theatre, 2004), directed by Emily and produced by H-J, and Jerusalem Jerusalem (writer: Mike Riddell, dir: Rosemary Riddell). Emily was a core cast member in Jerusalm Jerualem, and H-J the production manager. It toured New Zealand, and then internationally to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Belfast, and the Cheltenham Greenbelt Festival (2003).
The team has reunited after years of various other projects to form Prospect Park Productions, to create and produce original NZ theatre, with a view to touring both nationally and internationally. PPP is particularly focused on highlighting women in the industry, and supporting fledgling talent to grow and produce quality work.
Prospect Park Productions is named for Prospect Park in Dunedin, the city where Emily still lives and writes. H-J, while a staunch Dunedin-ite at heart, calls Wellington home…for now!