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Bats Theatre June 23 2005

Bats Theatre June 23 2005

Kia ora BATS supporters,

Already there's little more than a week left of the 2005 Young and Hungry season of plays. You can book to see any of these three new NZ plays by emailing book@bats.co.nz or phone the BATS booking line: (04) 802 4175. Please include your name, the show name/s and the date/s of the performance you would like to attend, and the number of tickets.

Here's a sneak preview of Lynn Freeman's review in next week's Capital Times:

'The Many Faces of Kelly j Loko' by Stephen Bain (6.30pm) : 'Stephen Bain has always had a taste for the experimental and boundary pushing and here a giant animated character addresses the audience... Alisha Smith, as Kelly, is compelling... an intriguing production.'

'Exchange' by Lauren Jackson (8pm) : 'Under Kerryn Palmer's intuitive direction, her cast (several of them expertly juggling numerous roles) is superb - tightly knit, generous to each other on stage, committed and passionate.'

'Collective Agreement' by Whiti Hereaka (9.30pm) : '...a satirical play, set on a shop floor... There are some good black-humoured laughs to be had and it's certainly a reminder what a pain in the proverbial we can all be as customers.'

Further info on the plays follows...

Young and Hungry Festival of New Works Bats Theatre 1 Kent Terrace June 17th ­ July 2nd 2005 Bookings Ph 802 4175 book@bats.co.nz Ticket prices $12 /$15 or season pass for all 3 plays $24/$36

Since 1994 the Young and Hungry Festival of New Works has been getting together the hottest young theatre talent to bring Wellington an annual festival of new plays. Young actors, designers and technicians get to stretch their creative legs under the guidance of professional directors, writers and mentors.

This year¹s Young and Hungry Festival of New Works at Bats Theatre premieres new plays by Stephen Bain, Whiti Hereaka and Lauren Jackson. With 54 participants, 5 mentors, 3 directors, 3 writers and 1 animator the 2005 Festival is shaping up to be the greatest Young and Hungry ever.

"The line up for this year includes a completely animated character, German speaking teenagers and a mafia style shoot out," says Young and Hungry Producer Angela Meyer.

The Many Faces of Kelly J Loko By Stephan Bain Directed By Paul McLaughlin 6.30pm Laptops, i-pods, chat rooms and text messaging - welcome to the world of Kelly J Loko. Watch as young Kelly discovers that people aren¹t always what they seem to be in the age of the invisible friend and

Big Brother¹. Can Kelly learn to establish herself in the physical world as well as she can in the virtual Or will she get lost in cyber space forever Director Paul McLaughlin takes on the challenge of this innovative new play written by Stephen Bain. A self-confessed technophobe, Paul is keen to get up with the play in Kelly J.

Exchange By Lauren Jackson Directed By Kerryn Palmer 8.00pm Break out your lederhousen and moisten your strudel ­ cos here comes the class of 1994. Five Kiwi kids are about to experience the trip of a lifetime when they take on Germany. How will they cope with the culture shock and the numerous stereotypes?

Is there more to New Zealand than pavlova, All Blacks and buzzy bees? An OE is as Kiwi as BBQs and gumboots, both writer Lauren Jackson and Director Kerryn Palmer have experienced this rite of passage.

Collective Agreement By Whiti Hereaka Directed By Larry Rew 9.30pm How do you survive bad pay, snotty superiors and the monotony of retail hell? ­ rob the customers, of course!

Step 1: Nod and Smile (the customer is always right!). Step 2: Maintain the illusion of the perfect employee, always on time, always tidy and always polite. Step 3: Rip off the buggers and frame someone else. Larry Rew a member of the Director¹s Guild of Great Britain and former retail assistant Whiti Hereaka have joined in a Collective Agreement to expose what¹s really going on at our department stores.

ENDS

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