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Arts Festival World Premiere 
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Arts Festival World Premiere

Arnika Hazelwood —

Congratulations to our drama students who were invited to be cast and crew for an Arts Festival World Premiere theatre production. The Dunedin Arts Festival ran from September 30 until October 9.

See the Otago Daily Times review which praises the actors here: http://www.theatreview.org.nz/reviews/review.php?id=9632

Beyond the Bright Black Edge of Nowhere, directed by Simon Wilkinson (UK) is based on a bizarre story from 1959 where 8 high school students and their science teacher disappeared in the Great Deep Basin Desert, USA, never to be seen again. Shrouded in mystery and an official cover-up, the play is a multi-media experience using 1950's film footage, digital manipulation, accompanied by a live soundtrack performed by Simon Wilkinson and Dunedin's Trevor Coleman. The play calls into question the information we receive, the power and authority we take for granted and our sources of reassurance in the digital age.

The following students were involved and enjoyed working with the acclaimed director on this production: Cuba Rust, Bella Rennie, Reva Grills, Ahi Katai-Mullane, Tia Hibbert, Ella Yiannetts, Rachael Molteno, Alice Houston Page, Oscar McGuire, Oscar LaDell, Nic Tregonning, Connor Vosh, Bene Holloway, Quinn Hardie, Lucan Willis, Jasper Holloway and Bruno Willis.