Pressure Point is an Auckland-based theatre collective.
Our work is highly physical, existentially romping and darkly comedic. We aim to hold a space that is one part play, one part reality distortion field. We aspire for maximum scale with minimum resources, and thrive in the tension between the two.
Pressure Point was founded by Andrew Gunn and Rosie Tapsell in late 2013.
Andrew is an Auckland-based theatre writer, performer and producer.
He and Rosie Tapsell established Pressure Point Collective in late 2013, in order to produce “GOD-BELLY”.
Andrew studied a B.A in Religious Studies/English Literature at Victoria University of Wellington. He trained with Long Cloud Youth Theatre Company, during Willem Wassenar’s tenure.
He is interested in pushing the limits of the body in performance, and at redefining audience-performer relationships.
Andrew’s current inquiries are around genealogy, the relationship between language and politics, and love as a life-giving versus love as a self-destructive force.
Additionally, Andrew is a keen language learner. He is semi-fluent in spanish, can speak basic mandarin and bahasa indonesia, and is in the process of learning turkish.
Rosie is an Auckland-based performing artist with a background in Theatre, Dance, Religious Studies and Creative Writing.
She is the other co-founder of Pressure Point, and helped lay the groundwork for the company’s ethos through the creation of “GOD-BELLY.”
Since graduating from the Unitec Contemporary Dance programme in 2016, Rosie has been fortunate to work with many New Zealand-based choreographers and directors, including Michael Parmenter, Kelly Nash, Louise Potiki-Bryant, Claire O’Neil and Kate Parker. She is also a co-founder of DANCE PLANT Collective, an Auckland based contemporary dance group.
Rosie is drawn to an eclectic range of fields, and aligns her movement philosophy with an intense sense of personal inquiry. Her current focuses include learning Te Reo Maori, exploring somatic practices, and working towards a solo dance work inspired by female christian mystics.
Tom is an Auckland-based songwriter and bassist (upright and electric). He is primarily known as a staple figure in the Auckland jazz scene. He has played with the Steven Barry Trio, the Alan Broadbent Trio, Mike Nock Quartet, Frank Gibson’s Hardbopmobile, and the Roger Manins Quintet.
He has been mentored by Larry Grenadier, Matt Penman and Joe Martin, Tom returned to New Zealand to start work on his debut album Zoo.
Tom is increasingly known for his electronic music output, and his innovative creation of purpose made tech to manipulate the score of each performance live, e.g. the ‘Potato Synthesiser’ for POTATO STAMP MEGALOMANIAC.
Highly Commended, Playwrights b4 25 2014
“an absolute mindfuck…Jean Paul Satre ‘No Exit’ meets ‘God of War’ “Addison Whitley
“It’s smart, funny and delightfully inventive, and best of all it ends on a note of such unexpected, preposterous and yet soul-stirring grace, you’ll walk away feeling enlarged, grateful. Rewarded.”Simon Wilson reviewing Potato Stamp Megalomaniac for Metro
Winner: Excellence Award for Overall Production, Auckland Theatre Awards 2016
“SMART AND SENSUAL, ENTERTAINING AND ENERGETIC”Lori Leigh reviewing God-Belly for Theatreview
“a mind-blowingly cool match of form and content … Gunn plays everyone … switching between their distinctive rhythms and postures with an absolutely mesmerizing lightning speed.”Shannon Friday reviewing Potato Stamp Megalomaniac for Theatreview
Nominated for Most Promising Emerging Company @ NZ Fringe Awards 2016
“a bold, strikingly original, and startling engaging work … an epic exploration of doubt, compulsion, desires, and buttering crumpets.”Samuel Phillips reviewing God-Belly on The Lumière Reader
“a seductive and magnetic experience…unexpected possibility and surreal beauty.”Rosabel Tan reviewing Potato Stamp Megalomaniac for Pantograph Punch