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A moment’s lapse, a life of regrets

A moment’s lapse, a life of regrets

Sometimes a single action has tragic consequences and you would give anything to turn back time and undo that wrong.

‘Salt Children’, part of Fourscene’s Fringe programme, examines what happens when Alice revisits the site of a tragic summer holiday.

Fifteen years on, she has been unable to accept the role she played in her nine year old brother’s death.

Told in flashback, ‘Salt Children’ examines the rivalry between siblings, Alice and Toby. Alice is fifteen and getting interested in boys, particularly Garth. However, Toby is constantly hanging around wanting to play, except Alice doesn’t want to play childish games any more. Instead she plays a far more dangerous one, when she persuades Toby to come out the boat as she tries to row to the island, and neither are wearing life-jackets.

‘Salt Children’ is being supported by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ), a first for this organisation.

Alan Muir, executive director of WSNZ says “This is the first time we have used drama as a means of getting the water safety message across to young people, who are an at risk group because they believe they are indestructible and often don’t consider the consequences of their actions. The play has an important theme of dealing with tragic consequences which could have been avoided if precautions were taken like life jackets being worn.”

‘Salt Children’ plays at 6pm at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre, from Tuesday 4 March to Saturday 8 March as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival, and has also been supported by the Young and Hungry Trust.

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