Party cul­ture probed

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By MAR­JORIE COOK

A 28-strong group of Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege stu­dents is tak­ing a no­holds barred ap­proach to binge drink­ing and party cul­ture this week.

The drama stu­dents per­form­ing the Fes­ti­val Colour’s pro­duc­tion of are

of Like There’s No To­mor­row, di­rected by Robin Kerr, of Auck­land’s Play­ground Col­lec­tive.

The venue is in an Ard­more St bar – the Gin and Rasp­berry – and also in­cludes some street scenes.

It’s likely to be as un­pre­dictable and fast mov­ing as any teenage party. At last Mon­day’s street re­hearsal, shop­pers were ini­tially taken aback at what seemed like real-life con­flict be­fore re­al­is­ing art was un­fold­ing be­fore them.

Writer Eli Kent has drawn on the teenagers’ ex­pe­ri­ences in telling the story of Joseph. He died in a drunken, dar­ing state of mind, dash­ing his brains out in a mis­judged leap from on high into a swim­ming pool.

Auck­land ac­tor An­drew Gunn, 23, has the role of Joseph and is the only ‘‘ring-in’’. The oth­er­wise all-lo­cal cast per­form char­ac­ters deal­ing with grief and loss at an il­le­gal af­ter-ball party.

Gunn trained as a teacher but de­cided to fol­low his heart and

Wanaka coun­try pop singer-song­writer Jody Direen at Lake Hawea, where she will re­lease her sec­ond al­bum on An­zac Day.

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