Zom­bies on the rise

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

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.

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