It’s a mat­ter of faith

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Shop­ping is a re­li­gion for teenagers, the joke goes, but an up­com­ing Tawa Col­lege pro­duc­tion takes a closer look at the link be­tween con­sumerism and faith.

The col­lege is in the midst of in­tense re­hearsals for Des­per­ate An­tics, a black com­edy by Auck­land play­wright Kevin Keys.

The play cen­tres on Fad, a re­li­gion which con­trols the play’s char­ac­ters from cra­dle to grave. A se­ries of sketches poke fun at so­ci­ety’s ma­te­ri­al­is­tic ob­ses­sions, from fash­ion vic­tims to gym ad­dicts.

Over­see­ing fad’s reign on earth are three ‘‘cor­po­rate an­gels’’, played by students Ro­han Li­ley and Briana Boele van Hens­broek, both 14, and Brae­den Fos­ter, 18.

‘‘It looks at how con­sumerism has be­come a new re­li­gion,’’ Ro­han says. ‘‘Fad is god.’’

The play, which all three ac­tors de­scribe as hi­lar­i­ous de­spite its thought-pro­vok­ing sub­ject mat­ter, is hugely rel­e­vant to teenagers, Ro­han says. ‘‘It’s what you let your­self be – a slave to that or not,’’ he says. ‘‘I think our gen­er­a­tion needs to have a bit more per­sonal choice.’’

Over the course of the play wars are fought in the name of Fad, but its char­ac­ters also start to wake up and chal­lenge it.

Students in the au­di­ence will get a huge kick out of see­ing their fads held up to mock­ery, Briana says. ‘‘Col­lege is a big part of peo­ple’s lives. It’s go­ing to be some­thing to do with them and their so­ci­ety,’’ she says. ‘‘There are lots of ex­am­ples in our lives – girls be­ing re­ally ob­sessed with how they look be­cause of these in­flu­ences.’’

The $150 ‘‘ugg pants’’ ev­ery­body seems to wear on mufti days are the per­fect ex­am­ple of a ma­te­ri­al­is­tic fad at Tawa Col­lege, Brae­den says, but students’ ma­te­ri­al­ism can be seen ev­ery day.

Divine com­edy: Tawa Col­lege students Briana Boele van Hens­broek, Brae­den Fos­ter and Ro­han Li­ley play cor­po­rate an­gels over­see­ing a ma­te­ri­al­is­tic re­li­gion in their up­com­ing pro­duc­tion Des­per­ate An­tics.

Des­per­ate An­tics and The End of the World as we Know It dou­ble bill, Au­gust 15-18, 7pm. Tick­ets $14 adults $8 students, from Tawa Col­lege of­fice or Drum­mond phar­macy.

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