Mak­ing theatre from the ground up

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT’S ON -

Their name may be MUDS, but Massey Univer­sity Drama So­ci­ety have lofty am­bi­tions. Open­ing this week in Globe 2 is We Made This, a fes­ti­val of new short plays writ­ten and di­rected by MUDS mem­bers.

Writ­ten by Jes­sica McLean, Shivarn Stewart, Jack Edens, Al­wyn Bakker, An­nie Richards, and Con­nor Skoglund, the six short plays cover a va­ri­ety of sub­jects, rang­ing from teenage mishaps and LGBT is­sues to a most un­usual love story, AI, the end of the world, and be­yond.

Jes­sica, who is also so­ci­ety pres­i­dent and show pro­ducer, says mem­bers were inspired to be in­volved in ev­ery as­pect at ev­ery level by the likes of Massey’s bi­en­nial Fes­ti­val of New Arts, and that in­cluded cre­at­ing the scripts.

The col­lec­tive of 30 ac­tors, di­rec­tors and pro­duc­tion per­son­nel in­clude a num­ber of first timers.

‘‘We have had a big in­flux this year of new young mem­bers and this seemed like the best way,’’ Jes­sica says. ‘‘ We knew there were a lot of peo­ple in the club who were writ­ers, and if you are writ­ing short plays, to get any­thing ac­tu­ally per­formed is re­ally hard. So this is a good op­por­tu­nity.’’

Stylis­ti­cally, the plays are quite dif­fer­ent rang­ing from fairy­tale type fan­tasy to fu­tur­ist, lad­dish larks to the apoca­lypse, all staged on a card­board ‘fort’ de­signed by Ash­leigh Mathe­son.

We Made This opens to­mor­row Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 1 and plays three nights at 8pm and one 4pm mati­nee un­til Satur­day 3 in Globe 2. Tick­ets are $10 with book­ings and in­for­ma­tion through muds.pn@gmail.com.

PHOTO WARWICKSMITH/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Rosheen Les­lie as Ellen (left) and Emma Camp­bell as Sarah in An­nie Richards’ play Bi the Way, one of six short orig­i­nal plays in the Massey Univer­sity Drama So­ci­ety’s pro­duc­tion of We Made This on this week in Globe 2.

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