Arts outburst about to cut loose
Arts Uncontrolled may be a second half substitute for Massey University’s usual Festival Of New Arts, but this performance showcase promises to burst off the bench with the impact of Ardie Savea.
The collection of original works from Manawatu-based authors, poets, performers and film-makers, includes young first-time writers as well as awardwinning professionals, along with a tribute to the late Joy Green - a poet, theatre director and one of the champions of FONA.
Encompassing comedy, surrealism and tragedy, the four-night season in the auditorium of the refurbished Sir Geoffrey Peren Building at Massey University has five one-act plays, one short film, and presentations by four poets, but is designed to be more than simply a bunch of performances.
‘‘We have an idea of it being an experience rather than a show you just go along to see,’’ artistic director Tobias Lockhart said.
There’s a ‘‘pre-show’’ involving the university fire club, live music and displays of original poetry and short fiction.
‘‘There’s a lot of talent in Palmy, and we’re wanting to showcase as much of it as possible. The performances start at 7.30pm but people should turn up at 7pm to explore the space.’’
The ‘uncontrolled’ theme includes issues such as addiction with relationships and decision-making versus having decisions made for you.
None of the items is longer than 10 minutes and includes Zed on the Bed, an absurdist comedy by award-winning playwright Dr Angie Farrow.
Other plays include time travel comedy The Inter Dimensional Murder Box by Alex Cutforth, and a darker piece called Nerve Ending by Arts Uncontrolled producer Shivarn Stewart.
There’s the ludicrous whimsy of ‘grave’ economic comedy Dinglebottom’s Funeral Service, and a devised piece centred around a struggling marriage called The Architect.
‘‘We’ve also got a performance poet, a slam poet and The Baggage Series by Joy Green - a medley of poems as an homage to her. There’s a short film called On The Nod a debut work by Aaron McLean - a surreal piece dealing with addiction.’’
More Arts Uncontrolled details are available at Eventfinda. Entry to the 7pm performances next Wednesday to Saturday is $10 adults, $5 students.
Rosheen Leslie and a masked Shivarn Stewart in a scene from the short movie ‘‘On The Nod’’.