En­sem­ble im­pact

Youth show cham­pi­ons the un­der­dog

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A tour­ing se­condary school show gets a pub­lic show­ing in The Dark Room tomorrow night.

En­sem­ble Im­pact presents Pow­er­Plays: Ev­ery­day un­der­dogs try­ing to win at life, a short sharp col­lec­tion of ex­tracts from plays by award-win­ning New Zealand play­wright Arthur Meek.

Wo­ven to­gether under the direc­tion of Leo Gene Peters from the A Slightly Iso­lated Dog the­atre com­pany, the five themed ex­tracts are per­formed set and sound­ef­fects free, by four young pro­fes­sional ac­tors in a high en­ergy en­sem­ble style pro­duc­tion.

The only prop is piles of scrap pa­per, which be­come, with the­atri­cal imag­i­na­tion, a range of things from trav­el­ling waka to wool in a shear­ing shed.

Mak­ing use of NCEA lan­guage as ap­plied to life goals in­stead of school work, the en­gag­ing, tongue- in-cheek per­for­mance from ac­tors Jo­hanna Cos­grove, Shane Mur­phy, Calvin Petersen and Ka­t­rina Wes­sel­ing, also sends up some of the older, more tra­di­tional ap­proaches to the­atre in ed­u­ca­tion.

Under the aus­pices of Young and Hun­gry Arts Trust, Pow­er­Plays has earned plenty of pos­i­tive re­sponses from the se­condary col­leges it has been vis­it­ing over the last two months.

Ar­riv­ing in Palmer­ston North at the end of its coun­try-wide tour, the 50-minute show fin­ishes with a QnA.

Rec­om­mended for ages 14 and above, there are two per­for­mances open to the pub­lic in The Dark Room at 2pm and 7pm on Thurs­day, June 30.

Tick­ets are $15 with a $10 con­ces­sion, and book­ings are via The Dark Room web­site or 354 5740.

En­sem­ble Im­pact ac­tors Shane Mur­phy and Ka­t­rina Wes­sel­ing put a new spin on pa­per shuf­fling dur­ing a per­for­mance of the tour­ing youth the­atre en­sem­ble piece Pow­er­Plays: Ev­ery­day un­der­dogs try­ing to win at life. Photo SUP­PLIED

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