GO SOLO 2012
Created and performed 3rd Year Acting Students
Directed by Sophie Roberts
Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
at Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown, Wellington
From 3 Oct 2012 to 13 Oct 2012
Reviewed by: John Smythe (Group A); John Smythe (Group B); John Smythe (Group D); John Smythe (Group C); John Smythe;
SETTING SOLO SAIL
Where else would you be able to see a suicidal sheep meeting Hitler alongside a regular cross-dressing guy from Howick? Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School's notorious and glorious monologues – Go Solo 2012 – invites audiences to sample a rich variety of 18 points of view as entertaining as they are thought-provoking.
Third year acting students present this year's annual season of Go Solo from Wednesday 3 – Saturday 13 October at Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre. The show will comprise 18 new 20-minute solo shows created and performed by graduating actors, who will present their pieces in five groups.
The season is directed by award winning actor and director Sophie Roberts.
“Solos are a long-held tradition of introducing the community to new voices that will shape the future landscape of the performing arts. As a director am constantly fascinated by the scope, investigation of personal politics, humour, unique perspectives and willingness to challenge the form of solo theatre that the students meet this project with and this year is no exception,” said Sophie.
For many of Toi Whakaari's graduates this established season has served as their first major stepping stone into the professional theatre. Go Solo provides Wellington audiences with the opportunity to view fresh, bold theatre from our next generation of fine New Zealand performers.
Attached is a photo of Alice Canton, Andrew Patterson, and Manuel Solomon by Stephen A'Court. Alice's solo – The Big Little Dictator – is the story of a suicidal sheep meeting the Leader of the Third Reich. Andrew's solo is looking at secrets, suburbia, ballet, obesity, and cross dressing. Manuel's solo examines the father figure he remembers and the father he hopes to be one day.
Audiences may chose to see a single group, or all the groups over several nights or see all five shows on a Saturday with a marathon of performances at 12.30pm 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
Go Solo 2012 features:
Group A: Cameron Jones, Manuel Solomon, Awhina-Rose Ashby
3/10, 8.30 | 5/10, 8.30 | 6/10, 4.30 | 12/10, 6.30 | 13/10, 2.30
Group B: Alice Canton, Jacqueline Gwaliasi, Kenneth Gaffney, Richard Munton
3/10, 6.30 | 6/10, 8.30 | 8/10, 6.30 | 12/10, 8.30 | 13/10, 12.30
Group C: Alex Tarrant, Sam Wang, Tameka Sowman, Ria Simmons
4/10, 6.30 | 6/10, 12.30 | 9/10, 8.30 | 10/10, 6.30 | 13/10, 6.30
Group D: Tom Eason, Tai Berdinner-Blades, Carrie Green
4/10, 8.30 | 6/10, 2.30 | 8/10, 8.30 | 10/10, 8.30 | 11/10, 6.30 | 13/10, 8.30
Group E Lucinda Hare, Deborah Rea, Jonathon Power, Andrew Paterson
5/10, 6.30 | 6/10, 6.30 | 9/10, 6.30 | 11/10, 8.30 | 13/10, 4.30
Go Solo 2012
Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown
3- 13 October 2012
Showing at 6.30pm and 8.30pm daily (no show Sunday)
with all five groups showing on Saturday 6 and 13 October
(12.30pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30 and 8.30pm).
Tickets $15, $10 (conc) or $50 for all five groups.
Online at www.toiwhakaari.ac.nz