Boss of an Office: Work from Home



15 April 2020

No leadership experience required. Send emails! Speak to your colleagues! Make important decisions!

Boss of an Office: Work from Home is an interactive online office role-play, simulating a ‘work from home’ experience for audiences to experience one-by-one. 

“One of my all-time mega howler favourite theatre experiences to date.” - Audience member


“Loved it, I felt like a corporate titan. I even got to fire someone.” - Audience member


"I loved being decisive... with no consequence. Maybe I will start living my life like that." - Audience member

Directed by Olivia Mahood

Co-produced by Poppy Serano

Devised and performed by Ella Hope-Higginson, Patrick Carroll and Milo Cawthorne.

The premiere season of Boss of an Office: Work from Home was made and presented with support from Satellites.



Boss of an Office

Basement Theatre

Auckland, New Zealand

27 February - 2 March 2018


Seeking Boss for an office. Should be comfortable with decision-making. No leadership experience required. Basic computer skills optional. Private office provided. Flexible work hours, with multiple short shifts available.


Boss of an Office is an immersive interactive office cubicle and computer game, simulating an 'at work' experience for participants to experience one-by-one. ​Featuring video game, It is as if you were doing work, by Pippin Barr.


"Fav experience at @aklfringe." - Rosabel Tan 


​"It was only for 15 minutes but it was maybe my favourite 15 minutes of the festival." - Eddy Dever



Best Contemporary Performance & Live Art, Auckland Fringe 2019

Best Production Design, Auckland Fringe 2019

Pantograph Pick of the Fringe 2019, Pantograph Punch

Directed by Olivia Mahood

Co-produced by Poppy Serano

Devised and performed by Ella Hope-Higginson, Patrick Carroll and Jonathan Price

Cleaning the Room


Basement Theatre (Season of Durational works)

Auckland, New Zealand 

7 March 2020


Today I will work on my art. But first, I must vacuum the floor. And mop it. The more I think about it, I think it’s best that I clean this entire room. Then I will do my art. 


Cleaning the Room is a four-hour durational participatory performance where one woman attempts to clean the entire space before she can do her art. 


I've seen women insist on cleaning everything in the house before they could sit down to write... and you know it's a funny thing about housecleaning... it never comes to an end. Perfect way to stop a woman. A woman must be careful to not allow over-responsibility to steal her necessary creative rests, riffs, and raptures. She simply must put her foot down and say no to half of what she believes she "should" be doing. Art is not meant to be created in stolen moments only.

 - Quote by Clarrisa Pinkola Estes



Spirit of the Fringe, Auckland Fringe 2020 (shared)

Directed and performed by Olivia Mahood

Co-produced by Poppy Serano

Sense of a Stranger


The Performance Arcade

Wellington, New Zealand

1 - 4 March 2018


Expressions Gallery 

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

8 - 11 March 2018


Sense of a Stranger is an interactive performance installation.


A wall of many openings, where arms reach, beckon, wait. Inviting passersby to interact, to hold hands, play a game of paper scissors rock, give a high five, receive a hug. It offers a held space for members of the public to connect with another person, to share a small moment of touch, play a game, and to remind each other of their own human-ness.

"Watching this all day, I see nothing but delight as tourists and Kiwis touch the hands, attempt to engage with them as if they themselves are the full-bodied people attached to them but invisible to view." - Amelia Jones, The Live Press


Directed by Olivia Mahood

Co-produced by Poppy Serano

Performer Co-ordination by Rachel Baker

Performed by Virginia Kennard, Debbie Fish, Jenny McArthur, along with 20+ volunteer performers

Supported by the Wellington City Council Public Art Fund, Expressions Gallery and generous donors.