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Wednesday June 7, 2017


Black Confetti reveals insides of young Kiwis’ lives By Julia Czerwonatis

The New Zealand drama school Toi Whakaari has announced their term 2 productions, Black Confetti and The Antigone Sound, featuring graduating third-year actors collaborating with staff, students and graduates of the school. Black Confetti by Eli Kent was originally commissioned for Auckland Theatre Company and premiered at the Herald Theatre in 2012. In this version, the piece has been expanded with additional material added by director Leo Gene Peters, Leon Wadham and the cast. Joe Witkowski from Khandallah is a third-year student and will star as Siggy in the play. “My character is a scrubby individual who has good intentions but who hasn’t much

to offer as a friend. He enjoys other people’s company while he keeps on pushing them away when they get too close to him,” Joe explained. Black Confetti focuses on the question of youth and consequences. “The show is about relationships between young New Zealanders and how they deal with the culture of drug abuse,” Joe said. Situated within Wellington’s party scene, where hipsters yearn for significance, trying to make meaning out of their disaffected world, the play celebrates the ridiculous lengths people go to belong, to be cool, to be loved or even admired. Joe said working with director Leo Gene Peters was wonderful. “He respects what people bring to the table. We bounce ideas off each other without establishing a hierarchy.” The 21-year-old will graduate

Rolling up the sleeves for tree planting

Sara from Sustainable Coastlines looks forward to plant trees in Trelissick Park Group coming Sunday. PHOTO: Supplied By Julia Czerwonatis

The Trelissick Park is due to become a greener place with the Trelissick Park Group and Sustainable Coastlines launching a tree planting day coming Sunday. The Trelissick Park Group is an ongoing project run by volunteers from the neighbourhood that clean up their local park. They have collaborated with award winning charity Sustainable Coastlines that works together with Kiwis around the country to remove rubbish from the cost and plant alongside waterways. The lower part of Trelissick Park used to be farmed back in the 1800s which still caused a lot of disturbances, Peter Reimann, chairman of the Trelissick Park Group, explained. Upgrades from the railway line that is running along the

outskirts of the park and people that dumb their waste can also pollute Trelissick. “We’re also concerned about sewage leaks that run into the Kaiwharawhara Stream. The stream is full of sediments,” Peter said. Since the group was first established in 1991, its volunteers have planted over 90,000 new bushes, trees and flowers. “We have done quite a lot of work, and the park has improved, yet it still has a lot of problems,” Peter said. The upcoming planting at Trelissick Park is the first of a series of tree planting activities Sustainable Coastlines is running this winter as part of their nationwide tour.  Sustainable Coastlines is inviting volunteers to come around Sunday June11. Find out more on or facebook. com/TrelissickParkGroup.

from Toi Whakaari this year and would probably move to Auckland to pursue his career, he said. Joe said the most interesting part of his final live performance would be the audience interaction. “It’s far beyond the traditional sort of audience interaction,” he said. “We have been practising it a lot, and I’m curious to see how it will work out.”  Black Confetti will be staged from June 10-21 at Toi Whakaari, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown. Times vary. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for concessions, $5 standby tickets are available, June 13 is student night with tickets for $5. To book go on

Ruby Love, Joe Witkowski, Jack Parker and Logan Cole in rehearsal for Black Confetti. PHOTO: Philip Merry

Independent Herald 07-06-17  

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Independent Herald 07-06-17  

Independent Herald 07-06-17