Play explores youth
If you could remain a certain age, what would it be?
In the world of Assisted Living, the latest production from Whitireia New Zealand and Long Cloud Youth Theatre, 20 is the perfect point to stop; bodies at their peak, fast minds, glorious youth.
The play investigates a world where this age group is kept separate from the rest of humanity and the various issues that arise from this.
Long Cloud has teamed up with award- winning playwright Jo Randerson ( Yo Future) and director Aaron Cortesi ( Tom Keeper Passes) to create a weird tale that is in equal part Greek Myth, science fiction and the computer game The Sims. It opens at BATS Theatre in Wellington on May 23.
‘‘After the success of last year’s Sheep I am really excited to have Long Cloud back at BATS,’’ says the theatre’s programme manager, Martyn Wood. ‘‘ Long Cloud have long been at the forefront of contemporary arts practice in Wellington and the bold new direction of their work in the past year means this is still a company that will continue to surprise, delight and challenge their audience.’’
Long Cloud, run by Whitireia and based in Wellington, is a training and production company for young people aged 16 to 21. It gives young actors the means to enhance their theatrical skills through practical performance experience.
Assisted Living runs at BATS, 1 Kent Tce, 7.30pm, May 23 to June 9. $14/$20, bookings on 802 4175 or visit bats.co.nz.
Youth gone wild: Olivia Mahood receives the silent treatment in Assisted Living.