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

 


Playing Nicely: New work tackles rise in Child Anxiety


Gina Andrews. Photo credit Matt Paterson

New work tackles rise in Child Anxiety

Rates of diagnosed mental illness in children have doubled in the past five years, and now two local dancers are bringing the issue out of the closet and onto the stage. In an effort to raise awareness and do their bit to make families affected by childhood anxiety feel less alone, Brigid Costello and Gina Andrews have created Playing Nicely, a new work that incorporates dance, theatre and multimedia to talk about childhood anxiety in a quirky yet highly thought provoking way.

Director Costello and principal dancer Andrews (producing the show as Pinwheel Dance Theatre) have drawn on personal experiences with the issue to highlight a subject that according to Andrews is something of a conversational taboo. “We don’t talk about what’s really bothering us in this country – it’s that whole ‘she’ll be right’ attitude again. So with heavy things like this, people end up struggling on their own, and that’s just not how it should be.” Playing Nicely director Brigid Costello agrees. “People need to understand that they aren’t alone in this. Whenever I hear about teen’s struggling with intense psychological issues and families who won’t talk about it or don’t know how to deal with it, it really hits me hard.”

By taking the discussion to the stage the duo hope to get Wellingtonians opening up about an issue that as a society, inevitably affects us all. “Both Brigid and I feel there is a real need to get people talking about this more – and what better way than through dance,” says Andrews and her director agrees. “It needs to be done in a way that is enjoyable, entertaining and ultimately uplifting,” says Costello. “We want people to get lost in the world of the show, but then have some hearty discussions with their friends afterwards.”

Playing Nicely is on at BATS Theatre, 6:30pm
15-19 February 2014, as part of the New Zealand Fringe Festival. Tickets can be purchased through BATS (Full $18, Concession $14, Group $14, Fringe Addict $12, Artist Card $12), either on their website (www.bats.co.nz) or calling (04) 802 4175.
For more information on Playing Nicely visit www.playingnicely.co.nz.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cap Bocage: Anti-Mining Campaign Doco Debuts At NZ Film Festival

Playing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, Cap Bocage is a close-up exploration of the forces that came into play when environmental issues and indigenous rights became intertwined in New Caledonia ... More>>

Film Fest:

More Film:

Sharon Ellis Review: A View From The Bridge

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More>>

Māori Language Week: He Karanga Kia Kaha Ake Te Tīhau Ki Te Reo Māori

The Māori Language Commission wishes to see social media swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori using the hashtag #tekupu. More>>

ALSO:

Book Vote: Kiwis Prefer Young Adult & Classics

To compile their Top 100 List for 2014, Whitcoulls again asked New Zealanders to vote for their favourite books and authors. And while classic novels continue to appeal to Kiwi readers, 2014 marks a significant new trend – the increasing popularity of novels for young adults. More>>

ALSO:

Five NZ Cities: Bill Bailey Back To The Southern Hemisphere

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Book Television Is Coming

Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland, Graham Beattie of The Book Blog and producer Deb Faith of FaceTV have raised enough money via crowd funding at Boosted – just under $7,000 so far – for 12 episodes, which begin production in September, and will be on screen later that month. More>>

Electric Sheep: Light Nelson Exceeds All Expectations

Light Nelson exceeded all expectations drawing over 40,000 people over two nights to the Queens Gardens and surrounds. The event, with over 40 installations from local and national artists, is in its second year, and organisers were hoping they’d top last year’s crowd of 16,000. More>>

MacGyver: Richard Dean Anderson To Attend Armageddon This October

New Zealand’s biggest pulp-culture event, the Armageddon Expo is proud to announce the world’s most recognised DIY action hero will be attending the Auckland event at the ASB Showgrounds from October 24th to 27th. More>>

ALSO:

Barbershop Gold: Māori Party Singing Praises Of The Musical Island Boys

The Maori Party has congratulated four young men on a mission, who in 2002 took up barbershop singing at Tawa College, and tonight took out the Gold Medal in the 2014 International Barbershop Harmony Society competitions in Las Vegas. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news