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Thursday August 3, 2017

Southgate resident to star in world premier play By Emma McAuliffe

A Southgate resident will be part of a premier play at Circa Theatre next month about forbidden love in Austria during World War Two. Donna Akersten stars in Caging Skies as the grandmother of a young man, Johannes who belongs to Hitler Youth and falls in love with a Jewish girl, Elsa, hidden by his parents in his house. Her life in his hands, Johannes and Elsa embark on a gripping journey of obsession and love that blurs the lines between the captive and the free, the victorious and the defeated, as the horrors of the war unfold around them and each must find a way to survive. This would be the world premiere of Caging Skies, written by Desiree Gezentsvey and based on the novel by Christine Leunens. Donna said she loved the play upon first reading it. “I read the play a year ago when Desiree had her first reading of it,” she said. “My character’s grandson is in the Hitler Youth. She’s not anti-Jewish but she is living in the past a bit. “She’s reminiscing about the time when Vienna was the cultural capital of Austria, when it was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. “When the Nazis came into Austria it crumbled away in the collapse of the empire so she longs for that time. The rise of the Nazi party ruined her life.” Donna, who has been involved with Circa Theatre since the 1970s said she was interested in the play because of its relevance to today’s audiences. “It’s great to have the writer in the room because she is

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An expert on gender equality will make a presentation at a boys’ high school on Tuesday evening. American professor of sociology Michael Kimmel will speak about how parents can encourage boys and young men to become aware of gender inequality and be the driving force of change. College spokesperson Rebecca Burton described him as a great speaker with an interesting viewpoint on the gender equality story. Rebecca said the evening was open to parents and children Year 9 and older, and they did not have to be from Scots College. Tickets for the 6.30-9pm event are $25 each and all proceeds are going towards the school’s Prep playground project.

Donna Akersten will be in Caging Skies. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe

adding all of these little things,” she said. “There’s a lot of relevance to today’s world. There’s a world built on lies and atrocities are happening.”  Caging Skies will be taking

place between Saturday, August 12 and Saturday, September 9. Show times vary. Tickets cost between $25 and $52. Bookings at 1 Taranaki Street, by phone 04 801 7992 or online www.circa.




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