Zombies on the rise
A young Tawa man’s passion for the theatre has led to tragedy and decapitation.
Tawa College drama enthusiast Ben Richards, 17, had no idea that being accepted into the Young and Hungry Arts Trust’s Ambassador Programme would lead to being eaten alive in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
The programme gives aspiring thespians the opportunity to see up to 25 live performances throughout the year performed by a variety of theatrical groups, and requires them to write several reviews.
Ben says the experience has been brilliant for exposing him to more theatre and building connections with like-minded people.
Through the programme he learned about audi- tions for Young and Hungry play Disorder, and was cast in his first role outside school productions.
The play explores what could happen if zombies sweep through New Zealand, and Ben says while the audience should be prepared for gore, it’s a great experience.
‘‘Zombies really appeal to everyone. It’s very human – their reactions to such a bizarre situation.
‘‘There are thoughtful moments, but it’s a lot of fun.
‘‘It wouldn’t be fun for the characters because they are being eaten alive, but it’s a lot of fun for the audience. It’s a real spectacle.’’
Disorder is one of three Young and Hungry plays showing at BATS theatre from July 22 to August 6.