October/November 2014: Tatau
15-18 October 2014: No Holds Bard at Arts Festival Dunedin
Michael is directing two (of 8) episodes of BBC/South Pacific Pictures' tv series Tatau, set in the Cook Islands. Click here for more info.
Michael will perform his solo show No Holds Bard at Fortune Theatre on 15-18 October 2014.
Click here for info; click here to book.
Edinburgh Spotlight: "a tsumani of a performance ... feats of physical and mental ingenuity. It elicits gasps as well as laughs, and shifts acrobatically between comedy of an almost stand-up nature and emotionally-rooted tragedy. A breath of fresh Shakespeare air and a comedic head-bashing all in one!"
Broadway Baby: "Hurst is the quintessential stage performer ... No Holds Bard is incredibly riveting and utterly entertaining; a breathtakingly visionary and deeply emotional theatrical masterpiece"
SG Fringe: "Michael Hurst gives a bravura performance of immense energy and intensity, brilliantly walking the tightrope between genuine tragedy and insane comedy, reaching incredible heights ... The audience were gripped, moved and entertained in equal measure".
Click here for the No Holds Bard website.
12 October 2014, 8:30 p.m.: The Brokenwood Mysteries ep.3 'Playing the Lie'
Michael directed episode 1.03 "Playing the Lie" of these two-hour murder mysteries from South Pacific Pictures. Click here for info.
Below is an interview with series stars Neill Rea and Fern Sutherland, including some behind-the-scenes footage of filming; Michael can be seen directing a scene at 1:35.
Watch the trailer below:
17-26 October 2014: Inorganic at Badalona Film Festival
Michael plays Brett in this short film from director Maria-Elena Doyle. It is an officlal selection at Badalona Film Festival, Badalona, Spain. Click here for the film's Facebook page.
2 November 2014: Our Big Blue Backyard
Michael narrated this documentary series which will air Sundays at 7:30 on TVOne, beginning 2 November. Click here for the show's Facebook page.
2 December 2014: Brel
Michael directed Brel for Silo Theatre (featuring Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Julia Deans, Tama Waipara, and Jon Toogood), which was performed in Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber 1-24 November 2012. In 2013, it toured to festivals around New Zealand, followed by a week at the New Zealand Festival in February 2014, and a triumphant return to Auckland for a "One night Stand" in the Great Hall of Auckland Town Hall on 4 March 2014. RadioNZ recorded the "One Night Stand" and will play it on RadioNZ Concert on the evening of 2 December.
14 February -7 March 2015: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Michael will direct for University of Auckland Summer Shakespeare (see their Facebook page).
20-22 February 2015: Final Official Xena Convention
Michael will appear (work commitments permitting) at the Final Official Xena Convention at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center in Burbank, California. Click here for info and to book.