Out­stand­ing de­but at Cen­tre­point

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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.

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