Author, director, actor Michael Hurst: A life in journey – NZ Herald


Actor and director Michael Hurst. Picture / Equipped

What are your favorite recollections from childhood household holidays in NZ?

I got here to Aotearoa as an 8-year-old in 1966, travelling the 18,500 kilometres from the gray and crowded grimness that was the North of England – suppose Coronation Road earlier than color tv. We arrived within the inexperienced, open, slow-paced and nonetheless fairly bucolic metropolis of Ōtautahi, Christchurch. It was a little bit of a shock.

However I beloved it, and I beloved the seashores. My favorite recollections aren’t a lot of going away as a household (although we did try this, primarily to Timaru and Fairlie), however of the hours and hours I’d spend swimming and hurling myself down the sand dunes at North Brighton or Waikuku Seaside. Paradise.

The place is your favorite off the crushed observe/secret spot in NZ to get away from all of it and what makes it so particular?

It is not likely that a lot off the crushed observe, however our little place on Waiheke Island is my favorite secret spot. Quiet, in a cul-de-sac with a local reserve on the finish of it, no cellphone, a three-minute stroll to the beautiful, secluded seashore, and no sense in any way of the town of Auckland being wherever close to.

Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf - one of Michael Hurst's favourite spots in New Zealand. Photo / Getty
Waiheke Island within the Hauraki Gulf – one in all Michael Hurst’s favorite spots in New Zealand. Picture / Getty

It is the peace that makes it so particular; the tranquillity and the simplicity. I affiliate it with books, leisurely cooking, kayaks, beers within the solar and leisure.

Should you have been heading on a household getaway now, the place would you go and why?

If it wasn’t for Covid, I’ve to say that I’d be headed to Greece or Turkey or Eire or Norway or all of those. Nevertheless, given the scenario we discover ourselves in, I assume I might be headed to Waiheke once more!

What’s your dream NZ highway journey and why?

In a way, I’ve had my dream NZ highway journey. After the primary lockdown final 12 months, I used to be capable of tour my solo present, The Daylight Atheist by Tom Scott, from Oban in Rakiura proper via the nation. We travelled to 34 cities and cities in about 37 days, enjoying to packed homes in each sort of venue from residing rooms to sheds to opera homes to pubs. In our little van, the 2 of us (my technician and I) zig-zagged throughout your entire nation utilizing highways and again roads and every kind of secret shortcuts. Day-after-day a brand new, breathtaking journey by highway.

The enterprise of getting up early, driving to the following city (Norsewood? Hokitika? Cust? Paeroa?), placing the set in after which performing earlier than packing up once more, is a inventive, levelling, inspiring course of that retains an actor trustworthy. Correct work in the true world. Not precisely a vacation, however sensible.

And if you happen to might select one final, luxurious, dream vacation in NZ, the place would you go and why?

That is tough. If I am trustworthy, I’d discover the remotest spot I might that will nonetheless present the great issues I need – meals, alcohol, heat, tranquillity. Is there such a spot? All of the comforts with out the noise. No New Yr craziness for me! Give me a sauna within the distant mountains or a luxurious cabin within the Far North.

Or let’s go to the Chatham Islands. Have they obtained a luxurious retreat there?

Michael Hurst’s Jack & the Beanstalk will present from March 11 to 14, at Auckland Arts Pageant. Be taught extra at

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