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The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

A provoca­tive piece of theatre, The Events, is showing at Cen­tre­point Theatre.

Atroc­ity has all too rapidly be­come a by­word in mod­ern life. The Events is a provoca­tive piece of theatre that deals with the af­ter­math of atroc­ity.

Claire, a pro­gres­sive les­bian Angli­can pri­est of a small con­gre­ga­tion, is strug­gling to deal with the mag­ni­tude of ’’the event’’ that over­took her in­clu­sive mul­tira­cial and multi-cul­tural choir.

To re­count this, David Greig’s two-han­der in­cor­po­rates com- mu­nity choirs, re­quir­ing the re­cruit­ment of a dif­fer­ent choir for each night of the sea­son.

Choir mem­bers are un­fa­mil­iar with the plot and so be­come both par­tic­i­pants and spec­ta­tors.

A Greek cho­rus, they sing, make scripted re­sponses, add the odd lines of dia­logue, while see­ing the story un­fold for the first time.

On open­ing night, it was Kathi Craig’s Show­case Singers tak­ing their places on Harold Moot’s de­signer ris­ers, while mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Roger Buchanan pro- vided piano ac­com­pa­ni­ment and choral di­rec­tion from be­hind a ven­er­a­ble up­right.

It’s a her­culean por­trayal from Claire Dougan. Given her char­ac­ter’s ob­ses­sive be­hav­iour, Claire the pro­fan­ity spout­ing pri­est, is suf­fer­ing from post trau­matic stress dis­or­der as she strug­gles to make sense of what hap­pened. Her per­for­mance skil­fully cap­tures the char­ac­ter’s emo­tional dis­or­der.

Jatin­der Singh gives The Boy the ap­pro­pri­ate so­cio­pathic in­ten- sity, but he also plays some 10 other roles in­clud­ing Claire’s part­ner, Ca­tri­ona. These roles he at­tacks with sim­i­lar force­ful­ness, which is un­for­tu­nate, as it all be­comes a bit too stri­dent. Some qui­eter nu­ance would go a long way.

Art­fully rep­re­sent­ing the in­te­rior of a mod­ernistic church build­ing, is the stylised nave and fly­ing wooden semi arch of Moot’s strik­ing set.

With its ref­er­ences to con­tem­po­rary acts of ex­trem­ism and viol-

ence, themes of oth­er­ness and at­ti­tudes to im­mi­grants and for­eign­ers, The Events fits as a de­lib­er­ately confronting, un­com­fort­able but com­pelling con­tin­u­a­tion of Cen­tre­point’s Plays With A Pur­pose se­quence.

BRIDGE LO­CA­TION

You re­port (July 20) that Ray Swadel (City works gen­eral man­ager and steer­ing group chair) is propos­ing Ruha St as lo­ca­tion for the new cy­cle/pedes­trian bridge - a site that is ‘‘not on any of the orig­i­nal op­tion lists’’. So an ob­vi­ous ques­tion - who has de­cided that this is now an op­tion?

You fur­ther re­port that the Pi­tama Road and Maxwells Line op­tions ‘‘had been re­jected be­cause they had less com­mu­nity sup­port and were more ex­pen­sive to build’’. If nei­ther of these op­tions were suit­able then log­i­cally the third (pre­vi­ously mooted op­tion) at Katene St should be the de­fault.

It is im­pos­si­ble to please all the peo­ple all the time, and there are times when ‘‘some­thing more ex­pen­sive’’ ac­tu­ally rep­re­sents bet­ter value for money. A lo­ca­tion fur­ther from the ex­ist­ing bridge also seems more sen­si­ble.

Coun­cil needs to answer how much com­mu­nity sup­port does the Ruha St lo­ca­tion have and how much more ex­pen­sive are the other sites?

We (cor­rectly) hear much about the need for com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in lo­cal plan­ning mat­ters - let’s see it in ac­tion. What is a few more months of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion af­ter 10 years of wait­ing?

Fred­erik Dean Palmer­ston North

HOS­TEL CLOS­ING

All lo­cal churches should come to­gether on the is­sue of home­less­ness in our city.

The shut­ting down of the Sal­va­tion Army men’s hos­tel in Mil­son - a hos­tel that has been a part of the com­mu­nity for over 20 years - has brought the is­sue to a head. Com­bined, the churches have the fi­nan­cial power to lease rental prop­er­ties for those made home­less and liv­ing on the bread­line.

Manawatu is known as the ‘bible belt’ of New Zealand and so all the churches could be work­ing to­gether, along with city coun­cil to al­le­vi­ate the hard­ships more ten­ants are fac­ing in the hous­ing cri­sis. While most peo­ple are well housed we have to get out of our com­fort zone and make it work for ev­ery­one. Kevin Reilly Manawatu Ten­ants Union

TYPE 1 DI­A­BETES

At its July meet­ing the Di­a­betes Manawatu (Inc) com­mit­tee were in­ter­ested to learn that the re­cently ap­pointed Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May is the first global leader to serve in of­fice while hav­ing Type 1 di­a­betes.

While many peo­ple with Type 1 di­a­betes show up with the con­di­tion in their child­hood years, in some cases, Type 1 can ap­pear in adults in any decade of life. May is in this lat­ter cat­e­gory.

Type 1 di­a­betes af­fects about 10 to 12 per cent of peo­ple with di­a­betes in New Zealand. Un­like Type 2 di­a­betes, it is not pre­ventable. Most peo­ple with Type 1 di­a­betes are of nor­mal weight or oth­er­wise healthy peo­ple who have lost most or all of their in­sulin pro­duc­ing islet cells in the body’s pan­creas.

The symp­toms are ex­treme thirst, weight loss and ex­ces­sive uri­na­tion. This re­quires con­stant mon­i­tor­ing to en­sure that blood glu­cose levels re­main at op­ti­mal level. If not, spe­cific eye prob­lems, nerve, artery or kid­ney dam­age can oc­cur. These prob­lems can lead to blind­ness, am­pu­ta­tion, heart at­tack, stroke, or the need for dial­y­sis.

On our web­site Di­a­betes Manawatu (Inc) has sec­tions on what Type 1 di­a­betes is, and how to man­age it. The society can also be con­tacted by tele­phone or email if peo­ple have any ques­tions about how to man­age their con­di­tion, or those of other fam­ily mem­bers, whether this is Type 1, Type 2 or ges­ta­tional di­a­betes.

He­len Chong Di­a­betes Manawatu Inc

HAVE YOUR SAY

The Tri­bune wel­comes let­ters. They should not ex­ceed 250 words and must carry a gen­uine name, home ad­dress and day­time phone num­ber. Pref­er­ence is given to let­ters ex­clu­sive to The Tri­bune. Let­ters may be edited, abridged or omit­ted with­out ex­pla­na­tion. They can be emailed to tri­bune@msl.co.nz or posted to PO Box 3, Palmer­ston North to be re­ceived by 4pm on the Thurs­day prior to publi­ca­tion.

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Jatin­der Singh and Claire Dougan with the Fox­ton Com­bined Choir.

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Bri­tish prime min­is­ter Theresa May has Type 1 di­a­betes.

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