Out­stand­ing en­sem­ble

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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.

Out­stand­ing.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

An­nie Richards (left) and Amy Atkins in one of the vi­gnettes from Massey play Love & In­for­ma­tion.

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