Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Students Collaborate and Create Instructions For Life

Students Collaborate and Create Instructions For Life

Strange interludes, tremendous honesty, occasional disturbing moments and general silliness are all woven into Carving in Ice Theatre’s latest production, Instructions for Life.

Opening on May 16 at the Playhouse, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, the play is a devised theatre piece, collectively collaborated by a group of 13, including seven Waikato University students and four former students.

“We started with absolutely no script,” says director Gaye Poole, who teaches Theatre Studies at Waikato University.

“We began playing an exercise about games instructions, giving each other game instructions, pillowslips over heads, conversations about the anatomical advantages of being a boy at parties, and a group of 12 eager devising collaborators willing to make a piece of theatre together.”

The piece evolved organically and incrementally from there as a result of the homework given to the group each week; 'bring something that makes an interesting sound', 'write an apology letter to someone', 'choose a pair of old shoes from this large bag'.

Sometimes devised shows are produced by groups (here in New Zealand and more prolifically internationally) who specialise in collective collaboration as their primary means of theatre-making.

Carving in Ice typically has not worked that way in the past but several of the group had a particular desire to work again on a collective collaboration after working together on Flights of Absurdia last year.

Hillary scholar, theatre studies student and the play’s producer, Brendan Theodore says he has been very aware of the performers’ willingness to do some quite strange things when asked including drawing on their personal lives.

The play is a snapshot montage of twenty-first century life.

“Being alive is a complex business and if there isn’t any definitive instruction manual, where and how are we getting information on what we should be doing?” says Poole.

“It is a reaffirmation of what it is to be human and a reminder that there are glimpses of the extraordinary to be found within the most mundane pastimes.”

The play runs on May 16, 17 and 18 at 7.30pm at the Playhouse, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts in Hamilton before moving out to the Gaslight Theatre in Cambridge for shows on June 6, 7 and 8 at 7.30pm and June 9, 2pm.

Tickets: Concession/Student $15 | Adult $20
Bookings: www.ticketek.co.nz | 0800 TICKETEK
Ticketek booking fees may apply

For more info, please visit: www.carvinginice.co.nz

Rehearsing life: The cast of Instructions for Life listening to instructions.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Film Awards: The Dark Horse Scores Big

An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach Genesis Potini, made all the right moves to take out top honours along with five other awards at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards - nicknamed The Moas. More>>

ALSO:

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news