Shane Bosher


Shane Bosher has been a director, actor, dramaturg and producer for over twenty years. Following training at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, he has worked for all of New Zealand’s major theatre companies including Auckland Theatre Company, Downstage, Court Theatre, Circa Theatre, Bats, Fortune Theatre, the Auckland Festival, the NZ Festival of the Arts and the NZ Actors Company.

From 2001 to 2014, Shane was the Artistic Director of Silo Theatre. During his tenure, he directed some of the company’s most lauded productions including Angels in America, When the Rain Stops Falling, Holding the Man, The Brothers Size, The Only Child, Speaking in Tongues, Private Lives, Tribes, Top Girls, Tartuffe, That Face, Ruben Guthrie, The Little Dog Laughed, Three Days of Rain, Take Me Out, Suddenly Last Summer and Bash.

He was named one of the Aucklanders of 2005 by Metro Magazine and in July 2007 was named one of the Most Influential People under 40. Shane was selected by Creative NZ to participate in the Future Leaders Programme and he has also undertaken professional development at the Donmar Warehouse and Young Vic in London and Public Theater in New York. He is the recipient of three Auckland Theatre Awards and has been awarded Director of the Year by the NZ Listener four times.

In 2014, Shane was commissioned by Auckland Live to create Both Sides Now: Julia Deans Sings Joni Mitchell for the inaugural Auckland Cabaret Season. This production has since played to capacity attendance at festival engagements across New Zealand.

Shane relocated to Australia in 2015 and has since directed The Pride for Darlinghurst Theatre, Straight for Kings Cross Theatre and sell out productions of Cock and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant for Redline. His other recent work includes productions of Venus in Fur for Auckland Theatre Company, Jumpy for Fortune Theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire for Silo Theatre, Uncle Vanya for Court Theatre, the world premiere of The Things Between Us for CAF and the sellout season of The Kitchen Sink for Ensemble Theatre.

In 2019 he directed the sellout production of Homos, or Everyone in America at Q Theatre and Delicious Oblivion for Auckland Live. His Adam Award winning play, Everything After will premiere in 2021, in a production led by Simon Prast and Alison Bruce. He will also direct for The Court Theatre and Circa Theatre. 


Name: Brilliant Adventures

My Role: E.g. Your role

Brilliant Adventures is a production company created by Shane Bosher in 2015 to leverage and tour a new repertoire of independent theatre production and original work.

To date the company has developed/staged:

THE HEIGHT OF THE EIFFEL TOWER for the Edinburgh Fringe / 2015

BOTH SIDES NOW at Auckland International Cabaret Season, Wanaka Festival of Colour, Tauranga Arts Festival, Kokomai, NZ Festival of the Arts, Hawke's Bay Arts Festival and Spiegelfest Taranaki / 2014-19

STRAIGHT starring Danielle Cormack and Simon London at Kings Cross Theatre, Sydney / 2016

DIRTY WHITE COLLAR in development / 2017

COCK for Auckland Live and Circa Theatre / 2017-19

DELICIOUS OBLIVION with Jennifer Ward-Lealand for Auckland Live and Spiegelfest Taranaki / 2019

HOMOS for Auckland Pride / 2019

EVERYTHING AFTER development and Q Theatre production / 2014-21

Iwi affiliation

E.g. Your tribe


E.g. Something about where you hail from geographically.

How did you get where you are today?

E.g. Career-wise or otherwise.


E.g. Who are the people that stand behind you and with you?

Something cool

E.g. share a recent discovery that you you think others may enjoy – an app, article, book, show, movie etc.

Collected Stories: A Celebration of Bruce Mason

Artform: Theatre

Development Status: Ready To Premiere (Available for touring from June 2021)

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Bruce Mason is arguably the most significant playwright in New Zealand’s theatrical history. Unable to earn a living as a playwright in a country without a professional theatre, Bruce Mason wrote and performed THE END OF THE GOLDEN WEATHER, COURTING BLACKBIRD and NOT CHRISTMAS, BUT GUY FAWKES, touring them across Aotearoa. Between 1959 and 1978, these stories about emerging identity, cultural cringe and political possibility would be performed over 1000 times in theatres, church halls and schools across the country.

2021 marks the centenary of his birth and so Brilliant Adventures, led by performer Stephen Lovatt and producer/director Shane Bosher, are excavating this extraordinary body of solo performance. Designed to play in repertory, each play will speak to the other, creating a mini festival of sorts. These productions are being created to be flexible: perfect for theatre iteration or bespoke community space.

The iconic Kiwi classic THE END OF THE GOLDEN WEATHER will voyage into the territory of the heart we call childhood, in a new production created for audiences deeply familiar with it and those who have never encountered it before.

NOT CHRISTMAS, BUT GUY FAWKES is a set of variations about over-reaching, cheekily confronting Kiwi’s Tall Poppy Syndrome. Richly autobiographical, it brilliantly captures Bruce’s search for self-expression and challenges the idea of New Zealand identity.

COURTING BLACKBIRD embodies the emergence of a political consciousness. It’s a play for today, backed by a fistpump for socialism.

GOLDEN WEATHER is one of the set texts for NCEA in 2021 and will be made available for schools performances with full resourcing for teachers.

Creative Team and Crew

Stephen Lovatt is one of Aotearoa's most celebrated actors. He has performed in theatre, radio, television and cinema throughout New Zealand and Australia over the last 30 years. His recent screen highlights include the much celebrated independent feature Fantail, Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake, Gaylene Preston’s Hope & Wire and five years as Max on Neighbours.

His theatre credits are many, performing in the work of Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Greg McGee, Noel Coward, Fiona Samuel, Howard Brenton, Chekhov, Caryl Churchill, Oscar Wilde, Eugene O’Neill & Dario Fo. Most recently he has performed in Anne Boleyn, Enlightenment, Once on Chunuk Bair, Billy Elliot, Mrs Warren's Profession and The Seagull for ATC.

He was awarded Excellence In Performance at the 2014 Auckland Theatre Awards for his work throughout the year and has collaborated with Shane on many productions including When the Rain Stops Falling, Angels in America and The Only Child.

Production Designer: JANE HAKARAIA
Recent credits include Black Ties, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt and Owls Do Cry

Production Designer: SEAN LYNCH
Recent credits include Hir, Brel, Angels in America and A Streetcar Named Desire

Sound Designer/Composer: PAUL McLANEY
Recent credits include PopUp Globe, Play On, A Streetcar Named Desire and Gramsci

Number of People in the Touring Party

3 to 4

Previous Seasons

Stephen Lovatt has a long relationship with the work of Bruce Mason, having toured The End of the Golden Weather across Aotearoa in 2006.

As a gift to the community, he has performed an early section of the play, Christmas at Te Parenga, every Christmas Day on Takapuna Beach since 2006. Thousands of people of all ages have shared Christmas morning on the reserve with family, friends and neighbours.

This will be the first productions of Courting Blackbird and Not Christmas, But Guy Fawkes since Bruce last performed them in the late 1970s.

Reviews and Quotes

Reviews for other Shane Bosher productions:

...Frankly, this is world-class theatre.

...Bosher's production is brilliant. A mish-mash of a million emotions.

...The theatrical experience is extraordinary.

...A raw and devastating theatrical jolt. Incisive, brutal, devastating.

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Delicious Oblivion

Artform: Cabaret

Development Status: Tour Ready

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In a time marked by explosive political change, Berlin became the centrepiece of European culture. In a world of the unknown, people yearned for freedom, peace and truth. This truth was told in the intoxicating atmosphere of the cabaret hall - a haven of vice where sexuality, emotion, bohemianism and propaganda pushed modernism to its most vivid manifestation.

Hedonistic partying. Defiance. Escapism. The incomporable JENNIFER WARD-LEALAND and director SHANE BOSHER explore the biting musical experience of Kurt Weill and his contemporaries in this wild rejig of the Weimar songbook.

The songs themselves are everything: dissonantly lyrical, bracingly literate, sardonic, sophisticated, gloriously profane. They are stories of broken love, blurred gender, brazen sexuality, corruption and trauma; provocative missives to those who perniciously hold on to power. And they could have been written yesterday.

We live in a time of great political upheaval; while we face similar liberties to 1929, we also face similar ambiguities and dangers as well. Backed by a band of kickass musos and blistering new arrangements by musical wunderkind ROBIN KELLY, these songs are all about now. From MACK THE KNIFE to SURABAYA JOHNNY, these rousing anthems expose the hypocrisy of politics and the art of the possible.

Provoke your spirit with the voice of the underground.

Creative Team and Crew

Since training at Auckland's influential Theatre Corporate, New Zealand actor JENNIFER WARD-LEALAND has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for over 35 years. She has excelled in both dramatic and comedic roles, as well as numerous roles in musical theatre and cabaret.

She was named New Zealander of the Year in February 2020, and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to film, theatre and television in the 2019 New Year's Honours list.

She is much loved by audiences for her work in cabaret and has toured extensively. Her many credits include Brel, Falling in Love Again, The Look of Love and Berlin.

Musical Director: ROBIN KELLY
Recent credits include Valerie, Both Sides Now, Here Lies Love and The Events

Recent credits include La Bohème, The Arrival, Tosca and Hudson & Halls: Live

Lighting Designer: JANE HAKARAIA
Recent credits include Black Ties, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt and Owls Do Cry

Number of People in the Touring Party


Previous Seasons

AUCKLAND LIVE International Cabaret Season / July 2019
SPIEGELFEST Taranaki / November 2019

DELICIOUS OBLIVION was commissioned by Auckland Live

Reviews and Quotes

...Wow, what a show ... Ward-Lealand shows us humour, sass, strength, and most importantly, the depth of her impeccable storytelling skills. She embodies every single song she sings, taking the audience on an emotional roller coaster.

…Ward-Lealand breathes new life into the songs … The show reaches an emotional climax with a timely warning on the perils of silent acquiescence to power. The night ends triumphantly.

...A truly special piece of theatre ... It's everything you want from a cabaret. It’s beautifully beguiling, it’s bathed in seductiveness, it’s highly emotional one moment, sweet and charming the next, and it’s wrapped in breathtaking music that is just as relevant today as the day it was composed.

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