Odd One Out accepted
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.