Love& Information by Caryl Churchill
Directed for Massey Modern Drama students by Rachel Lenart
Assistant directors Amy Atkins and Tobias Lockhart
Sir Geoffrey Peren Auditorium, Massey University, June 1 – 3
Reviewed by Richard Mays
This was a remarkable ensemble achievement. Director Rachel Lenart takes a challenging open form play written by modern English playwright, Caryl Churchill, and with a cast of 20 senior drama students, creates a performance masterpiece.
Impressive for its energy and frenetic pace, the production explores love and relationships in the digital age on a large sparsely furnished stage area.
The script is more or less free to interpret – a jazz chart rather than a sheet music score, allowing the director and cast to take certain liberties, so that no two interpretations of this play could possibly be the same.
Fragmented, the vignettes and their dialogues tumble together in this version. Characters at times speak over one another reinforcing spontaneity as well as creating impressions of dislocation, impermanence and pixilation.
It offers insights into human behaviour and interaction that are profound as well as petty.
The involvement and commitment from a young cast so immersed in how, what and why they were performing, gave the production an organic vitality.
Annie Richards (left) and Amy Atkins in one of the vignettes from Massey play Love & Information.