Making theatre from the ground up
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.