Bub­bly ef­fort by Tawa Col­lege drama class

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS - CHELSEA MCLAUGH­LIN

Nick Bryant, 14, will play Theo, a char­ac­ter he said found it hard to cope with the world.

Tawa Col­lege drama stu­dents are ex­cited about per­form­ing an orig­i­nal play at Mana Lit­tle Theatre this month.

The year 11 drama class will per­form Bub­bles, a piece de­vised by the stu­dents as year 10s last year.

Head of drama Nick Brown said the story fol­lowed a young boy named Theo.

Nick Bryant, 14, will play Theo, a char­ac­ter he said found it hard to cope with the world.

‘‘He de­vel­ops his own way of cop­ing with ev­ery­thing, but he be­comes quite obliv­i­ous as well, so it kind of works on from that,’’ Nick said.

He said he was look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing at a theatre. ‘‘To write it our­selves, to direct it our­selves, con­sid­er­ing we were all young, it’s quite an achieve­ment. We thought about tak­ing it some­where and that’s what we’re do­ing.

Vic­to­ria Mal­hop, 15, plays Theo’s grandma. She said they per­formed the play at school last year, but this would be a new ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘It’s nerve-rack­ing. Most of our au­di­ence [last year] were par­ents, but to per­form for other peo­ple is quite ex­cit­ing. I don’t think any of us have done some­thing like this be­fore,’’ she said.

Nick said it would be a story ev­ery­body could en­joy. ‘‘It will be en­ter­tain­ing for kids, but I think adults will re­ally be moved or touched by it.’’

Brown said the play was top­i­cal, and con­tained a strong en­vi­ron­men­tal un­der­cur­rent.

Mana Lit­tle Theatre, May 20 un­til 22, 7pm. Also mati­nee show Satur­day, May 21, 2pm. Tick­ets, $10 adults, $5 chil­dren. Or­dered by phon­ing 2328184, or buy at the door.

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