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Upcoming Drama Productions

Hanna Maloni and Nina Bailey, students —

June and July offer a diverse wealth of Drama productions at the College. The full details follow.

Week 8, Wednesday June 20,  7.00 p.m. start, entry by koha/donation.

Year 9 are performing their Integrated Arts projects around their inquiry into Turangawaewae, their place to stand.

There is a Year 10 performance of "The Distance We Have Travelled", part of their inquiry into the current refugee crisis. Also, this is being performed on World Refugee Day. Some students are also taking part in the Refugee Ration Challenge, and tonight's donations will go towards our fundraising for that.

Year 11 are performing their own Commedia dell'arte creations - a physical comedy style that "Fawlty Towers" was based on. This style was made popular during the 15th and 16th centuries in Italy when travelling troupes of actors would perform in local market places.

Week 9, Thursday  June 28,  7.00 p.m. start, gold coin entry.

This Year 12 Class production is  of Bertolt Brecht's "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui". It has been created by Year 12 Drama performers and directors, as well as our Performing Arts Technology students, who are contributing to set design, lighting and film.

Week 10, Monday July 2,  7.00 p.m. start, $5.00.

Tonight's event is a Year 13 class production of "Ophelia Thinks Harder" by Jean Betts, directed by Hanna Maloni and Nina Bailey and created by Year 13 Drama performers and directors, as well as our Performing Arts Technology students, who are contributing to set design, costume, and lighting design. A big thank you to Mr Carr and the Technology students who helped peer teach us.

"Ophelia Thinks Harder" is a New Zealand play incorporating Shakespeare that is emotional, raw, passionate and which without fail has gripped and moved a part of every one of us that we didn’t even know existed. It is a powerful production that exposes all the deepest parts of human nature and our society that many choose to hide or ignore. Based on 15th and 16th century Shakespearean expectation and idealism, the themes are still challenging our conservative certaincies so much that it becomes almost an exhibition of how little we have grown as a society. Toxic masculinity is one of the major topics the production examines. This is something our New Zealand culture struggles with. We have an oppressive, toxic view of ‘the male way of life’ as tough, brawling, booze drinking men with no feelings. Toxic masculinity is harmful mentally and emotionally to all men and women and this relates heavily to our aberrant suicide rates. The inability to ‘fit in’ to domineering social stereotypes can often result in feeling unwanted, isolated or rejected, a theme that presides a great deal throughout the play.

We chose this play because of the sheer importance of the content and its ability to affect everyone involved. Come along and join our journey as we challenge gender boundaries and strive to slay the patriarchy. 

Katikati College Hall, 7.00 p.m. start. Doors open from 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and sold at KatiKopy Print and the College office. Bring cash for light refreshments, as this is also fundraising for our Waitangi camp in September.