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Thursday October 4, 2018


Kilbirnie School play brings modern humour to Peter Pan story By Jamie Adams

It was standing room only when Kilbirnie School held their biennial production Losing Neverland last Thursday.

St Patrick’s College kindly let the nearby primary school use its hall for the end-of-term musical, which was a modern, humorous take on the characters of Peter Pan. The play, written by Kilbirnie

teacher Katrina Te Rito, saw the Lost Boys living up to their name by falling out of their book and into the real world during a class trip to the library. They then had to travel through

various books in their quest to return to Neverland, which included encounters with pioneering women, famous New Zealanders and Maori legends, as well as their interactions with Captain Hook and Tinkerbell. The entire school was involved in singing and dancing to a number of familiar pop songs in between the acts on stage. After the show Kilbirnie School Principal Tony Austin told appreciative parents in the audience that such a show created “lifelong memories” for their children. “I think it’s a testament about

what’s possible with the arts and why it’s so important. “There’s been so much learning of songs and dances but even more than that, there was so much learning of how much can be achieved when students work together. “There hasn’t been any student who has achieved anything by themselves.” As creative director Katrina says she wanted her script to involve plenty of input from students. “Each class was encouraged to come up with their own ideas for dances. We even used the dance from [video game] Fortnight.”

The Cricket (played by Freya Barnett) leads the Lost Boys (Joe Barry, Tilly Sipeli, Jessica McPherson, Charlotte Masters, Amelia Kamo and Flynn Gordon) on a conga through the jungle during Kilbirnie School’s performance of Losing Neverland. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Wellington designers among WOW award show winners Two designers from Wellington’s eastern suburbs won awards at the prestigious World of WearableArt (WOW) Awards show in Wellington last week. The 2018 show featured 140 finalist garments by 147 designers from 17 countries and regions, vying for 39 awards. Kayla Christensen of Island Bay was second in the Aotearoa section with her garment Ancient Dreamscape and Seatoun’s Ali Middleton

was third with Tar’White. New Zealand’s largest theatrical performance, WOW is celebrating its 30th anniversary season in 2018. WOW combines the world’s leading wearable art design competition with a spectacular nightly stage show that attracts an annual audience of around 60,000 people – over 40,000 of those travelling to the capital city from across New Zealand and around the globe.

This year’s exhibition shows are presented as a series of six worlds, each with its own design provocation that designers have responded to. Along with the recurring Avant-garde, Aotearoa and Open sections are Under the Microscope, Reflective Surfaces and the biennial Bizarre Bra.  WOW continues at TSB Arena until October 14. Tickets and more information at


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