Odd One Out ac­cepted

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - GARY FAR­ROW

Hamil­ton born ac­tor Ryan McIntyre will soon be per­form­ing in the city for the first time in six years.

The for­mer St Paul’s Col­le­giate stu­dent was last on stage in Hamil­ton as part of the school’s pro­duc­tion of Les Mis­er­ables in 2012.

Af­ter that McIntyre stud­ied at Toi Whakaari in Wellington, grad­u­at­ing with a Bach­e­lor of Per­form­ing Arts.

McIntyre will re­visit as part of the chil­dren’s pro­duc­tion Odd One Out, aimed pri­mar­ily at chil­dren and be­ing held in the Clarence Street The­atre on June 6 and 7.

The story is one of ac­cep­tance, kind­ness and in­clu­sive, per­formed through a non-ver­bal live per­for­mance.

‘‘I’d say it’s a show about change and ac­cep­tance and the re­flec­tion of dif­fer­ent kids, the dif­fer­ent way in which chil­dren see change, and the dif­fer­ent way they ac­cept it or fight,’’ McIntyre said.

He said that to cater for more ma­ture mem­bers of the au­di­ence, there are also hu­mour tech­niques used that have uni­ver­sal ap­peal.

‘‘Be­ing ac­tors on a live stage you have to con­stantly be fig­ur­ing out what the au­di­ence wants and cater­ing to­wards that,’’ McIntyre said.

How­ever, Odd One Out is ac­tu­ally a diver­gence from most of McIntyre’s cur­rent roles.

While his work usu­ally con­sisted of mo­tion cap­ture and stunt ma­noeu­vres, he took this role as it was an op­por­tu­nity to flex his ‘‘live the­atre mus­cle’’.

Dr Sarah Rusholme, di­rec­tor of Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple at Cap­i­tal E, hopes the au­di­ence takes lessons away from the fun per­for­mance.

‘‘Odd One Out is a fun show for kids to learn about be­ing in­clu­sive and how to deal with the feel­ing of be­ing left out.

‘‘We think that it is im­por­tant to in­tro­duce young chil­dren to live the­atre, as it can ig­nite and fuel their cre­ativ­ity.’’

Stars of Odd One Out. From Left; Tyler Wil­son Kokiri, Batanai Mashin­gaidze, Ryan McIntyre and Grace Bent­ley.

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