Mark Hadlow has been a professional actor and director for over 40 years.
He is well established as a robust and credible industry professional through performances on stage, in film, television, corporate entertainment, voiceovers in the thousands.
Mark is particularly devoted to live performance, working at almost all the professional companies in New Zealand, from second spear-carrier on the right, to supporting characters and finally leads in many productions, make him a draw card on any stage.
He toured the solo show, MAMIL, written by Gregory Cooper, playing to New Zealand audiences for eight years and accumulating a following of over 65,000 people, with return seasons in most main centres.
Mark’s film career has seen him performing in many Peter Jackson movies: The Hobbit, King Kong, Mortal Engines and Meet the Feebles. A film made in Motueka by Stef Harris, partnered Mark up with long time friend and colleague Jed Brophy to play the co-leads in Blue Moon, which has won multiple best film awards around the world at film festivals. In 2020 Blue Moon was invited to play at the Cannes Film Festival and Mark won Best Actor in the IPFF in Italy in 2022. Die Like a Shark, a film produced by Shane Rangi, saw Mark pick up Best Supporting Actor for his role as a South African kick boxing coach.
With the entertainment industry, and especially live theatre, being decimated by Covid, Mark established the Professional Theatre Company here in Nelson, to reengage with the community on how important live theatre performance is for the future of local professional talent and our next generations of up and coming talent.
Lara Macgregor works as an actor, director, dramaturg and performance coach throughout New Zealand. She studied acting in New York City with Uta Hagen, Anthony Abeson and Tony Greco and subsequently worked for ten years as an actor in the USA.
Lara holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Directing from The National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney and has directed over 40 productions in the last decade.
In 2009, Lara was appointed Associate Artistic Director at The Court Theatre in Christchurch and, in 2010 went on to become Artistic Director at Fortune Theatre in Dunedin. Directing highlights include Red; In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play); Tribes; Souvenir; The Caretaker; Punk Rock and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
She currently freelances with multiple companies including Auckland Theatre Company, Circa Theatre, Centrepoint Theatre, The Actors’ Program, National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) and the University of Otago Theatre Studies.
Recent acting credits include Annie Wilkes in Misery (The Court Theatre), Sgt Gillian Carmichael in Clickbait (Netflix), Fran in Things I Know to Be True (The Court / Circa Theatre), Mrs Roidern in One of Us Is Lying (Netflix) and Deborah in the feature film Bad Behaviour, directed by Alice Englert.
Lara is represented by the wonderful team at Gail Cowan Management.
A brand new play from a brand new theatre company, based right here in Nelson. Mr & Mrs Macbeth is set in the dressing room, right before the two actors are about to go stage. One of them is ready, the other is, well, Tom. What could possibly go wrong?
The play brings Mark Hadlow (MAMIL, Peter Jackson’s King Kong and The Hobbit) and Lara Macgregor (Netflix’ Clickbait and One of Us Is Lying) together again on stage, with an electricty that sparks on stage, and sizzles right through the theatre.