Youth show champions the underdog
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