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.
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
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
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Jatinder Singh and Claire Dougan with the Foxton Combined Choir.
British prime minister Theresa May has Type 1 diabetes.