Prospect Park Productions (NZ) was established in 2016 by producer, H-J Kilkelly, and writer, Emily Duncan, to create and produce original NZ theatre and collaborative projects that reach into other art forms.
Prospect Park Productions stage productions include Hold Me (BATS Theatre 2016), Shaken (Short + Sweet Festival Wellington 2016), Eloise in the Middle (Dunedin Public Art Gallery 2018), and Le Sujet Parle (Beautiful Science Gallery 2019).
The 3-episode thriller podcast Dark Dunedin: Heaven Looks On was launched during the 2018 Dunedin Fringe Festival and received the Beyond Words City of Literature Award in association with Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature, the Arts & Literature category at the OAR FM Awards 2018, and the Commendable Achievement Award at the 2018 Dunedin Theatre Awards.
The team are particularly passionate about the development space, and in 2019 launched the Ōtepoti Theatre Lab to work with new and emerging local playwrights.
H-J and Emily have a working relationship that harks back to 2002, 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 this nationally and internationally toured play (including Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Belfast, and the Cheltenham Greenbelt Festival, 2003), and H-J the production manager.
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!