Play ex­plores youth

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

Photo: PHILIP MERRY

Youth gone wild: Olivia Ma­hood re­ceives the silent treat­ment in As­sisted Liv­ing.

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