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Performing and Screen Arts talent on show at Unitec

Whether you have a taste for theatre, dance or locally made documentaries, Unitec’s Department of

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Whether you have a taste for theatre, dance or locally made documentaries, Unitec’s Department of Performing and Screen Arts has something for you over the next month or so.

Whether you have a taste for theatre, dance or locally made documentaries, Unitec’s Department of Performing and Screen Arts has something for you over the next month or so.

The department’s annual Grad Season kicked off on October 28 with “R-Evolution”, a showcase of plays produced by Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts students specialising in Directing and Writing.

The works are a collection of original material and includes the likes of The Idea of America, the story of Jude, a former flamboyant stage star, who is losing the plot and whose grown up children gather to move her into care. In between burning the house down and flirting with bemused policemen, Jude escapes into a world of sequins, air-kisses and grand sweeping entrances, while her children struggle with their own offbeat dysfunction.

Then there’s White Room about a man and a woman who find themselves trapped in a pure white featureless room with no memory of how they arrived there. They experience flashes of recollection and strange memory lapses, before becoming aware that only one of them is going to leave the White Room alive.

Other productions include Ioane and Alofa that tells the story of a young couple  struggling to cope with their families. With Alofa being "Afakasi" or half caste, and Ioane from a traditionally fierce Samoan family, their chances of living happily ever after don't look good.

Flat is a play written and directed by Lucy Zhou based on Dylan who is dead and his dubious flatmates who think he can still be the life of the party even in death.

The Grad Season will continue with a stage production by third-year acting students that will be directed by Academy Award winner Milton Justice who is at Unitec as a guest lecturer.

Our Town is a stunning interpretation of Thornton Wilder’s classic work and will come to life thanks to the final-year acting students.  

Justice says Our Town has been described as not just ‘a great American play, but possibly the great American play’.

Our Town opens on November 11 and runs until November 21 at the Unitec Theatre.

If dance is more your thing, then be sure to see what the contemporary dance students have to offer from November 18 to 21.

The students have been working with some of New Zealand’s finest contemporary choreographers – Katie Burton, Ann Dewey, Malia Johnston and Michael Parmenter – and have come up with some spectacular original material to wow audiences.

The Contemporary Dance: Showcase will be held at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Silver Rd, Epsom.

To round off this year’s Grad Season, students from Screen Arts will have a special one night only screening of documentaries, short films and video dance that they have spent the past year working on. The special screening will again be held at SkyCity Cinema, St Lukes on November 23.

To find out more about the shows, visit www.unitec.ac.nz

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Unitec

6 Nov 2009

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