Trees Beneath the Lake

Trees Beneath the Lake, by Arthur Meek

Directed by Pam Logan and Tam Henry

  • Wednesday 6 April  7:30 pm
  • Thursday 7 April  7:30 pm
  • Friday 8 April  7:30 pm
  • Saturday 9 April  7:30 pm
  • Sunday 10 April  4:00 pm
  • Tuesday 12 April  7:30 pm
  • Wednesday 13 April  7:30 pm
  • Thursday 14 April  7:30 pm
  • Friday 15 April  7:30 pm
  • Saturday 16 April  7:30 pm

Thirty years ago the Campbell family lost a fierce fight against the Clutha Dam development in Central Otago, and their family home and orchards were flooded in the name of progress. It bred a family legacy and a steely mistrust of the government. Now the family has reunited on the shores of Lake Dunstan for a new battle: millionaire William Campbell’s Investment Company, under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, has collapsed. People are calling him a crook. He wants to clear his name and his reputation.

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“It leaves me with plenty to consider about the psychology behind those driven to ‘succeed’ and those conditioned to believe they are ‘special’ … The more I think about it the more I realise how much it has going for it”. 

– John Smythe: Theatreview 24 September 2014


Paul Southey – William Campbell

Bridget McNamara – Jennifer Campbell

Kate Parker – Nieve Campbell

Seth Robinson -Ross Campbell

Peter Morice – Tom Mayhew

Helen Grant – Ruth Laughton

About the Playwright

Arthur Meek’s plays include Trees Beneath the Lake (ATC), On the Upside Down of the World (ATC, national & international tours), Charles Darwin: Collapsing Creation. (Downstage/ Nelson Festival of the Arts), Dark Stars (Artworks/ international tour), Yolk (Young & Hungry), Mando the Goat Herd(Allen Hall), The Burn (Wellington International Fringe), and The Eeneid (IronBark at the Bush).

He is the co-adaptor of On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover (La Mama, New York), the previous incarnation of the same play featuring Helen Clark, and Richard Meros Salutes the Southern Man (BATS/ national tour). He is an original member of the musical comedy band The Lonesome Buckwhips, and was the co-creator and star of the television show Feedback (TV2).

Awards include the Harriet Friedlander New York Residency, the Bruce Mason Award for Playwriting and Summer Writer in Residence at the Michael King Writers Centre.