Wartime let­ters

World War II let­ters gifted by for­mer pupils form the ba­sis for Feild­ing high School’s 95th an­niver­sary pro­duc­tion.


‘‘Beau­ti­fully writ­ten’’ a se­lec­tion of wartime let­ters have been in­cor­po­rated into a play writ­ten by the school’s head of drama, Karla Haronga. FAHS War Years opens at Feild­ing High tonight.

‘‘It’s a lan­guage and an art form that we have lost. So the script is pre­dom­i­nantly the words from th­ese let­ters.

‘‘The things that popped out were the founder of the school, L.J Wild who ob­vi­ously had amas­sive in­flu­ence on them as young men, and the school haka is also men­tioned a lot.’’

In­spired by those ‘‘stun­ning pieces of lit­er­a­ture’’ to en­cap­su­late the real life ex­pe­ri­ences of the men, Karla wrote the play in 2007.

‘‘It does it’s best to tie to­gether the school’s his­tory with its found­ing prin­ci­pal, Mr LJWild, and the­War Years, end­ing with our school’s Roll of Hon­our.’’

Pro­jec­tions of pho­tos of those por­trayed in the play are in­te­grated into the pro­duc­tion, adding an­other layer of mean­ing.

In­volv­ing more than 50 stu­dents on and off stage, Karla says en­sem­ble mem­bers have been af­fected by the weight of what they are bring­ing to the stage, and are treat­ing it with ap­pro­pri­ate re­spect.

Feild­ing High School’s jazz band Neon Fu­sion are pro­vid­ing swing tunes from the era to ac­com­pany the pro­duc­tion.

FAHS War Years plays at the school Wed­nes­day 9 – Satur­day 12 at 7.30pm. Tick­ets are avail­able from the school of­fice and via book­ings@feild­inghigh.school.nz

un­der­stoodQEC,6.30 – 8.30pm. En­quiries Bev 027 278 3120 or QEC. MAI CHEN TALK: ‘‘Why su­per­di­ver­sity mat­ters to busi­ness, govern­ment and all New Zealan­ders’’ by Mai Chen, con­sti­tu­tional and ad­min­is­tra­tive law ex­pert, Pro­fes­sor (ad­junct) at the Univer­sity School of Law, BNZ di­rec­tor. Fes­ti­val of Cul­tures pro­gramme, City Li­brary 6.45 – 8pm, March 10.

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