The­atre on streets at Glas­gow Games

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By NIGEL MOFFIET

Young per­form­ers from Auck­land will help bring the streets of Glas­gow alive dur­ing next month’s Com­mon­wealth Games.

Three mem­bers of Auck­land’s Mas­sive Com­pany the­atre group have been se­lected to rep­re­sent New Zealand for per­for­mances at the huge sport­ing event which kicks off in Scotland on July 23.

The Ki­wis are among 90 young artists from across the Com­mon­wealth tasked with cre­at­ing ‘‘pop-up the­atre’’ next to river­side land­marks.

Liam Ja­cob­son is not too sure what to ex­pect but he’s look­ing for­ward to the dif­fer­ent styles and cul­tures of the­atre he’s hop­ing to en­counter at the event.

The­atre has been a cre­ative out­let for the 16-yearold ever since he at­tended his first classes at Mas­sive Com­pany.

‘‘I started when I was 14 do­ing one of the free work­shops dur­ing the school hol­i­days and from there I moved on to the next level.

‘‘When I was younger I was that kid who couldn’t shut up and was al­ways wanting to be the cen­tre of at­ten­tion so I just took to it from there.’’

Do­minic Ona-Ariki is ‘‘su­per stoked’’ to have the op­por­tu­nity to travel to the event and can’t wait to col­lab­o­rate with per­form­ers from around the world.

The 24-year-old started per­form­ing at the the­atre com­pany when he was 16 and calls it his ‘‘stomp­ing ground’’ and the place where he has honed the craft of live the­atre.

‘‘I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to go­ing over with our team ... it’s go­ing to be a great op­por­tu­nity to learn and grow,’’ he says.

They are head­ing over to Glas­gow with 21-year-old Cen­tral Auck­land res­i­dent Denyce Su’a.

The project is be­ing run by the Na­tional The­atre of Scotland and par­tic­i­pants will help tell sto­ries of Glas­gow’s in­dus­trial past through a se­ries of drama, craft, de­sign, mu­sic pro­duc­tion, dance, sto­ry­telling and ur­ban art.

Per­for­mances will be in­spired by the best­selling book The Tin For­est by He­len Ward and Wayne An­der­son.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor Sam Scott says Mas­sive Com­pany was asked to take part in the event be­cause of the strong net­works it has in the United King­dom. It is the only New Zealand the­atre group to have per­formed at Lon­don’s Royal Court.

Scott is ex­cited for the per­form­ers cho­sen to rep­re­sent their coun­try.

‘‘It will be a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the three that are go­ing . . . they are all very good per­form­ers and de­vis­ers and they will bring a lot to what­ever they end up mak­ing.’’

Big stage: From left, Do­minic Ona-Ariki, Liam Ja­cob­son and Denyce Su’a from Auck­land’s Mas­sive Com­pany the­atre have been se­lected to per­form in Glas­gow dur­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games.

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