Drama mis­fits at Massey

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON -

The char­ac­ters of a newly-cre­ated play are the kids your par­ents warned you about but writer Shivarn Ste­wart en­cour­ages peo­ple to come along and hang out with some mis­fits.

The Massey Univer­sity Drama So­ci­ety’s lat­est play Mis­fits is an adap­ta­tion of the English TV show and Ste­wart said the char­ac­ters have: ‘‘no morals, no cul­ture and no clue’’.

And they also be­come su­per-pow­ered, Ste­wart said.

‘‘Af­ter a freak elec­tri­cal storm hits and things start to go crazy, mind-read­ing and man­slaugh­ter is the new nor­mal.’’

First time direc­tor Ethan Burmeis­ter said he was ex­cited about ex­plor­ing the play’s unique char­ac­ters.

‘‘This pro­duc­tion is full of re­luc­tant, in­com­pe­tent and crim­i­nal char­ac­ters, and so it is so in­trigu­ing to see what hap­pens when they are faced with the idea of what a su­per­hero should be,’’ he said.

‘‘There are so many mo­ments that are com­pletely ridicu­lous but un­nerv­ingly easy to re­late to. This is a thrilling, dark and hi­lar­i­ous show and we are pulling ab­so­lutely no punches – so don’t bring grandma . . . or do, she might just like it.’’

The drama so­ci­ety is Massey’s old­est club on record and they hold a show in the first and sec­ond se­mes­ter each year.

Not just for drama stu­dents, mem­bers are en­cour­aged to get in­volved in writ­ing, di­rect­ing or any­thing else in­volved in the pro­duc­tion.

Mis­fits opens on May 19 and runs for six shows at Palmer­ston North’s The Dark Room.

PHOTO: SHIVARN STE­WART/SUP­PLIED

The cast of Mis­fits. From left, Naya Tor­lesse, Emma Camp­bell, Con­nor Skoglund, Finn Maloney, Mor­gan Parker-Cor­ney.

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