Thursday March 8, 2018
inbrief news Paintings to hang at Cathedral The 12-15-yearolds of Wellington Young Actors after rehearsing at Island Bay Community Centre. PHOTO: Supplied
Young teens to express themselves in Fringe Festival By Jamie Adams
Some of them aren’t even teenagers, but the newest members of Wellington Young Actors, the capital’s youngest theatre company, will perform an original show at the NZ Fringe Festival later this month. How to ____ Us is the brainchild of the members aged 12-15 years, some of whom will be performing in front of an audience for the first time. They have been trained by Island Bay actor/director Deborah Rea, who says the blank word in the title is open to interpretation. “It could say ‘teach’, ‘accept’, ‘challenge, ‘understand’ or even
‘embarrass’.” As an experimental theatre show inspired by UK theatre company Forced Entertainment, the young actors designed it in the hope that adults will learn the true thoughts and feelings inside the wild head of a teenager. Parents will discover how their actions have consequences on the young mind, and how they can truly help a teenager in distress. The play is written entirely by its participants, which was a case of trial and error, Deborah says. “They started making these in term four till November, and worked on what stuck and what didn’t.
“We wanted to bridge the communication gap between teens and adults, especially with how fast technology has changed their world. “I saw as a teacher that there’s things adults don’t get and if only they were able to understand each other.” One example is how stupid things that children do could be recorded and played back to them years later, something previous generations didn’t have to worry about. “They are also dealing with the lack of job opportunities, and realise the old idea that if you work hard you will succeed no longer applies today.”
Deborah says the perception of what youth see as passe should not be underestimated. “None of the kids today use Facebook. They’re all on Instagram now.” As well as writing and acting, the students have been training in all elements of theatre making including marketing, design, fundraising and management. This provides them with the skills and knowledge to run a theatre company, or to put on one of their own shows in the future, Deborah says. How to _____ Us will be held at the Gryphon Theatre at 6pm on March 19-21. Tickets are $1014. Book at fringe.co.nz.
Art lovers will have the opportunity to view the suite of eight paintings by renowned New Zealand artist Melvin Day entitled Stabat Mater Dolorosa, which have been given to Wellington Cathedral of St Paul by Day’s estate. They are being unveiled in the Cathedral during the Choral Evensong service on Sunday, March 18 at 5pm, and will thereafter be on permanent display. Melvin Day was director of the National Art Gallery of New Zealand (now the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa) from 1968 to 1978, and later appointed government art historian. His works have been hung in prominent art galleries here and overseas.
NZSO to hold animal concert A magical mix of pigs, birds, cats, chickens, a bumblebee and Puss in Boots are at the heart of a special family concert by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington this month. A Musical Menagerie will see the national orchestra perform a selection of animal-themed music, including The Three Little Pigs from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, narrated by popular presenter Chris Lam Sam, and Tchaikovsky’s Puss in Boots and the White Cat from his ballet Sleeping Beauty. The show performs at the Opera House at 2pm on March 24.
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