Lucrece??by Binge Culture Collective. It's??based on the narrative poem "The Rape of Lucrece" by Shakespeare. As a theatrical piece I thought it was very strong in its use of video, audio and live performance.?? The audience was seated across from each other with the actors moving up and down between us. Throughout the performance the audio from the headphones chattered on behind me. This was echoed in the tweeting from birds in the naked-women filmed sequences. They also used natural voice, electronically augmented voice, and recorded voice throughout the piece. The two female actors??took a role each which apparently developed during the devising process.??They only used the first part of the poem which sparked the need for discussion. Several times the director tried to stop the post-performance discussion only to have another audience member speak up with another statement or question.????Although the discussion gave performance-going audiences a place to discuss what they had seen, places outside of the exhibition space were missing from the opening night documentation. Details (such as contact details for Wellington Rape Crisis) were going to be added. The exhibition explores virtue and??woman's bodies; for me the overwhelming emotions evoked were isolation and sorrow. This was reinforced by the performance concentrating on the first part of the poem. I'd definitely like to see them continue and perform the rest of the poem. Parts of the exhibition will be triggering so be aware of that and keep yourself safe. (I am grateful that I??unexpectedly met a friend, and that??we went out for dinner.)
The performance has finished but the exhibition continues to Saturday 12 May, 2012 at Toi Poneke. (Binge Culture Collective are also
Live At Six by Out of Bounds.
A fascinating exploration of what it takes to make the news – in both senses of the word. It starts with a pre-show scandal-event and continues through the story of TVNZ and TV3 reporting on the incident. Two of the characters on stage are editing in real time and will use your video footage if you upload it. Footage is projected onto the walls of the theatre so if you miss the pre-show scandal-event you can still see what happened. Some parts of the script lag but I imagine they'd be more frenetic if there'd been more viral footage. Originally presented at BATS Theatre as part of a STAB season, the play has been redeveloped for this season.??It's the twisty way the ending comes about that makes this show. A super way to kick off the 2012 season at Downstage.
Last two nights – on to 28 April 2012 at Downstage.
Other People's Wars by The Bacchanals.
Based on the book by Nicky Hager, it's a show-and-tell of the contents. I love The Bacchanals style of theatre – ensemble work, playing multiple characters, creating the atmosphere with simple changes and choreography. So I enjoyed the way they played the script…still trying to work out how I feel about the story. Reinforces all my conspiracy theories; challenges my notion of what NZers are like.?? Fantastic programming to have it play during the week when New Zealand celebrates its participation in wars around the world. (Maybe a situation of 'hate the game love the player'?) I got to meet some of the cast and have a drink with them after the show and that was cool.
Last two nights – on to 28 April 2012 at BATS Theatre. (With a special appearance by the director!)