Party culture probed
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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