Alice, creator & co-writer
Holly is an actor, writer and producer whose career began as a teenager in Queenstown with a role in the short film A Thousand Masks directed by Lisa Beedham.
Since then, Holly has completed her Diploma in Film and Television in Canterbury, and also graduated as a Voice, Speech and Acting Coach with The New Zealand Speech Board.
Holly most recently completed the rigorous, practice-based year-long course, The Actors’ Program, in Auckland, where she gained her Diploma in Acting. Holly also studied improvisation technique at the prestigious Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles and now continues to work privately with world renowned acting coach Miranda Harcourt.
Holly’s most recent theatre appearances include ‘Astrid’ in Crunchy Silk, directed by Edwin Wright, and ‘Violet’ in Royals of Kihi Kihi directed by Zinnie Selwyn. Holly also appeared on screen as ‘Brigette Roberts’ on South Pacific Pictures’ Shortland Street, with her most recent screen work as ‘Alice’, the central character in the comedy web-series Auckward Love, which she also created and produced.
Jess Holly Bates
Jess is a Pakeha performer, writer and theatre-maker based in Auckland, hailing from the Far North. Having studied extensively at University of Auckland in both Chemistry and English (BScMA), she then turned to performance and graduated from the Philippe Gaulier School of Theatre in 2015.
She was first introduced to the small screen as series regular ‘Shay’ on Nothing Trivial: Season 2, and her theatre credits include The Heretic (ATC), Blind Date Project (Silo), and White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Silo). Her solo show Real Fake White Dirt has been published as an acclaimed book of poetry, and has toured Edinburgh, London and performed to sell-out audiences at the NZ Fringe, where it was awarded Best NZ Writing in 2015.
In 2016, she launches her first collaborative work The Offensive Nipple Show, showing in both Auckland and Wellington and performs at the Melbourne Emerging Writers Festival. She has been delighted to work with the cast and crew of Auckward Love, and has relished playing the sensual and specific contradictions of the loveable ‘Grace’.
Jess is an actor and playwright living and working in Auckland and Rotorua. She has won the Playmarket b4 25 competition three times, been shortlisted for the Adam NZ Play Award twice and is the 2015 recipient of the Bruce Mason Award. She co-founded Junket Theatre Company in 2012 and has since staged four of her own works: Elevator, Wings, Crunchy Silk and Fix at The Basement Theatre in Auckland. Elevator has also been produced in the USA, while Wings has had seasons in Wellington, Dunedin and Palmerston North.
Her writing has been described as ‘razor-sharp’, ‘brave’, ‘absorbingly dark’ and ‘not for the faint-hearted’ with the ‘ability to be off-hand and flippant, then hard-hitting and punishing, sometimes within the same sentence.’
Jess has been involved in story development for Filthy Productions and South Pacific Pictures, and has written and story-lined for Cinco Cine. She is currently a writer at The Blue Baths, Rotorua.
Jess is an inaugural graduate of The Actors’ Program and her acting credits include; ‘Mo’ in Mo and Jess Kill Susie by Gary Henderson, ‘Margaret Reardon’ in Always My Sister by Michelanne Forster and ‘Alice’ in Famous Flora by Elisabeth Easther.
Lucinda Hare is a recent graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand drama school, and is currently a master class student of The Meisner Technique.
This year she has worked on South Pacific pictures second season of The Brokenwood Mysteries as ‘Cushla’ and was core cast in Auckland Theatre Company’s sell out season of Lysistrata under the direction of Michael Hurst where she received great reviews for her role as Lampito the Spartan. She also stars as ‘Vicky’, a core cast character on new comedy web series Auckward Love, which is 90% female cast and crew.
Luci is a very strong voice artist and was an on air host for The Radio Network on the drive show for Flava and has a string of great voice ads.
Career highlights include playing ‘Kat’ in South Pacific Pictures’ Step Dave, and having the opportunity to work with The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Lisa Harrow in King Lear, Where she played ‘Goneril’. Luci also performed the part of ‘Pats’ in the original New Zealand work of Royals of Kihi kihi.