Short sea­son of short plays on at Cen­trepoint

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

Cen­trepoint The­atre is set to host three short plays by Massey Univer­sity’s Dr Angie Far­row.

The all-fe­male Af­ter Eden com­pany will per­form two award­win­ning works by the play­wright and pre­miere a third in a pro­gramme called Among Strangers di­rected by Tracey-Lynne Cody.

‘‘While the plays are not nat­u­ral­is­tic or tra­di­tional, they are all ac­ces­si­ble,’’ Cody said.

‘‘We’ve worked with Angie de­vel­op­ing the ma­te­rial for the stage in re­hearsal, so we’ve been work­shop­ping the scripts as well.’’

Cody said the plays had both a mythic and a sur­real qual­ity.

‘‘They’ve been writ­ten with young women in mind, and while the three cre­ate quite dis­tinct worlds, they all ex­plore themes of fe­male iden­tity and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity in a rapidly chang­ing world.’’

The nine Af­ter Eden ac­tors with be play­ing mul­ti­ple roles. In the play Break­ing News, which won Best Youth Pro­duc­tion at the 2015 Nor­folk Is­land The­atre Fes­ti­val, the cen­tral char­ac­ter, an

‘‘I've been fo­cused on en­hanc­ing the phys­i­cal­ity of the plays while mak­ing sure we tell a rip­ping story.’’ Tracey-Lynne Cody

am­bi­tious news­reader who bites off more than she can chew, is played by five ac­tors.

Es­ther, which won the teenage cat­e­gory in the 2016 Play­mar­ket Plays for the Young com­pe­ti­tion, was the story of a search for a fa­mous woman who had gone miss­ing, and had a prom­i­nent Greek-style cho­rus com­po­nent.

The new play, Au­gust Moon, was a com­edy.

‘‘This has been the most chal­leng­ing be­cause it’s char­ac­ter driven. In it, a com­mu­nity em­braces the re­turn of a miss­ing girl, but there are doubts that she is who she claims to be,’’ Cody said.

The en­sem­ble cast was mix of ex­pe­ri­enced com­mu­nity ac­tors and per­form­ing arts grad­u­ates from UCOL and Massey Univer- sity. Cody said they were ex­cited to be able to per­form on Cen­trepoint’s main­stage.

‘‘I’ve been fo­cused on en­hanc­ing the phys­i­cal­ity of the plays while mak­ing sure we tell a rip­ping story.’’

Among Strangers plays this week un­til Satur­day 16 at Cen­trepoint, and per­forms for Massey’s lunchtime Arts on Wed­nes­day ses­sion on Septem­ber 20. The tril­ogy then heads to Welling­ton for a sea­son at Bats The­atre from Septem­ber 26 to 30.

PHOTO: SCOTT MEY­ERS/SUP­PLIED

Viv Aitken and Kristin Reilly in the Angie Far­row play ‘‘Break­ing News’’, part of the ‘‘Among Strangers ‘‘ sea­son at Cen­trepoint The­atre

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