Havoc in the Garden is a play about five houses on a hill in Auckland. It is about a single act of violence; about a father’s rage against himself and his life.

It is about the siege that his rage brings to the hill, forcing five families to face truths about themselves. Havoc in the Garden is a play about families, about the lies that parents tell, and children reveal; it is about what holds families together, and what tears them apart.

It is about minds coming into contact with one another, trying to find harmony – and sometimes only finding Havoc.

In 2011, Massive Company will present a new work from acclaimed writer Lennie James. This production sees the continuation of a hugely successful collaboration between Lennie James and Massive Company, whose previous work together, The Sons of Charlie Paora, toured nationally and internationally, including a season at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Havoc in the Garden will feature an outstanding ensemble cast of 14, a vibrant mix of both emerging and established theatre practitioners.

Directed by Massive Company’s Artistic Director Sam Scott.

The ensemble cast of Havoc in the Garden includes: Fasitua Amosa, Olive Asi, Loretta Aukuso, Scott Cotter, Wesley Dowdell, Joe Folau, Kura Forrester, Ash Jones, Beulah Koale, Miriama McDowell, Tuyet Nguyen, Bree Peters, Nicole Thomson and Jake Toaga.

Havoc in the Garden will open at the Auckland Arts Festival in March 2011, and runs in Auckland from March 2 – March 26, 2011.


Lennie James biography:

Lennie James has appeared in over 20 feature films, including “Sahara,” “Snatch,” “24 Hour Party People,” “Lucky Break,” “Les Miserables” and “Lost in Space.”

His numerous television credits include “State Within,” “The Family Man,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Without You,” BAFTA winning “Buried,” and BAFTA nominated “Storm Damage,” which he also wrote.

James has extensive theatre credits as both a writer and an actor. As an actor, he has appeared in the British productions of “Raisin in the Sun,”, “The Piano Lesson” and “The Merchant of Venice.” At the Royal Court Theatre, he starred in “This is a Chair,” “Outside of Heaven” and “Etta Jenks.” James also starred in “The Coup” (Clarence Derwent Award winner for Best Supporting Actor) and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at the National Theatre, London.

Now based in Los Angeles, Lennie is most familiar to NZ audiences for his core cast role on the CBS television show “Jericho”, as well as regular guest roles in Hung, Human Target and Lie To Me.

Lennie has a starring role in The Walking Dead, due to premiere on TV2 in New Zealand in  2011, and also features alongside Russell Crowe in the new Paul Haggis Thriller The Next Three Days, due for release in NZ in May this year.

(From a press release)