Spot­light on night life


What turns an ar­tic­u­late and po­lite young per­son into a loud and drunken party an­i­mal at night?

Who are th­ese young peo­ple and what are they look­ing for in this be­hav­iour? That is the ques­tion posed by di­rec­tor Leo Gene Peters and Long Cloud Youth The­atre in Per­fectly Wasted.

‘‘Courte­nay Place is not out of the or­di­nary folk,’’ Peters said. ‘‘[It is] ar­tic­u­late and po­lite, cu­ri­ous and in­ter­est­ing young peo­ple. And then they go out and get ham­mered, try­ing to find mean­ing and have the best night pos­si­ble.’’

Peters has col­lab­o­rated with the Whi­tireia Polytech­nic-based Long Cloud Youth The­atre to de­velop a the­atri­cal piece ex­am­in­ing the ques­tion in a re­flec­tive and non­judg­men­tal way.

The large cast and Peters have ex­changed their own tales of the night and cre­ated an en­sem­ble piece in­ter-leav­ing sto­ries and characters.

‘‘It’s like a lot of dif­fer­ent sto­ries go­ing along,’’ Peters said. ‘‘We fol­low some of them over the course of the show – re­la­tion­ships de­vel­op­ing over a pe­riod of time.

‘‘We meet peo­ple now and then again fur­ther down the line,’’ he said. ‘‘You see this group of boys get­ting ob­nox­iously drunk and play­ing drink­ing games but then you see them car­ing for one an­other.’’

The play will res­onate with ev­ery­one, Peters said.

‘‘Th­ese are young peo­ple’s con- cerns about their lives, but they are all the same ques­tions that my fa­ther is ask­ing in his mid 70s, they are all the same ques­tions that I am ask­ing in my mid 30s.

‘‘The night out is, in a way, a mi­cro­cosm of life.’’

Welling­ton ac­tress Rori Evans said young peo­ple will re­late to Per­fectly Wasted.

‘‘They will get it. They will feel they are part of it.’’

Evans hoped many young peo­ple will go to the play and get into the­atre.

Tawa ac­tor Mitchell Bernard said the play will give peo­ple some in­sight into the be­hav­iour they see reg­u­larly on Courte­nay Place.

‘‘You can sit there as an au­di­ence mem­ber and kind of en­gage in the moment with­out be­ing threat­ened by it.’’

Per­fectly Wasted

Wasted youth: Rori Evans, left, and Mitchell Bernard of Long Cloud Youth The­atre.

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