Outstanding debut at Centrepoint
An outstanding new New Zealand play written by Jamie McCaskill, who learned his craft in Palmerston North, will make its Manawatu debut at Centrepoint Theatre. Not in Our Neighbourhood has been described by one critic as ‘‘a truthful look at domestic violence and its farreaching effects. Kali Kopae’s (pictured) solo performance is truly engrossing.’’
Maisey Mata, a filmmaker, has been invited by the Women’s Refuge to follow some of their clients in a bid to raise awareness about domestic violence. There she encounters Sasha, Cat and Theresa – three individuals with very different backgrounds living together in ‘The Safehouse,’ each seeking solace and trying to rebuild their lives.
Written by director, actor and awardwinning playwright Jamie McCaskill Not in
Our Neighbourhood, will be presented in association with Tikapa Productions (Manawa).
The production had its humble beginnings after McCaskill and performer Kali Kopae worked with the Hauraki Women’s Refuge, the former as a performance advocate and Kopae initially supporting fundraising events and then working with the daily running of the place, organising food and looking after the house and garden.
‘‘I am truly humbled and honoured to be able to share the stories of these women and take them to the stage,’’ Kopae says.
‘‘I believe the work reveals a truthfulness that many people haven’t yet encountered or even acknowledged because it’s often still seen as a taboo subject.
‘‘But domestic violence isn’t isolated to any particular demographic or class. It exists and needs to be addressed.’’ Following its original season Not in Our
Neighbourhood went on to win Outstanding New New Zealand Play with Kopae claiming Actress of the Year at the 2015 Wellington Theatre Awards. Two years on, the production has already been part of the New Zealand Festival and Auckland Arts Festival and toured throughout the South Island. Earlybird tickets for Not in Our
Neighbourhood are on sale now, offering audiences up to 20 per cent off standard ticket pricing when booking for a performance within the first week of the season.
Theatre view writes ‘‘Jamie McCaskill and Kali Kopae are a dynamic team, using their combined skills to produce theatre that goes to the heart of who we are.’’
Not in Our Neighbourhood runs at Centrepoint from Saturday June 10 to Saturday June 24, Wednesday at 6.30pm, Thursday-Saturday 8pm and Sunday 5pm.
Tickets $16-$40. Bookings 06-354-5740 or centrepoint.co.nz.