Arts out­burst about to cut loose

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - RICHARD MAYS

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’’.

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