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Devised by Leo Gene Peters & Long Cloud Youth Theatre Summer School
In association with Downstage, Whitireia Polytechnic and a slightly isolated dog

[1hr 50 mins, incl. interval]

at Downstage Theatre, Wellington
From 1 Feb 2013 to 16 Feb 2013

Reviewed by:  John SmytheLaurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post); Lynn Freeman (Capital Times);

1 – 16 Feb at Downstage

The stories of real people come alive on stage when Long Cloud Youth Theatre create a unique theatre experience full of sweet, surreal, profound and profane moments.

A night on the town…

Nights out become the stuff of legend, our own personal myths; where we risk touching heaven, or even (if we're lucky) each other.

Perfectly Wasted aims to capture all the beautiful energy of youth, as well as the painful, ugly situations on a quest for the perfect night out in Wellington. It is a party, a celebration, a search for connection, tequila and Lynx body spray.

Changing the shape of Downstage…

This show also marks the first creative reconfiguration of the Downstage auditorium space since 2010's Apollo 13: Mission Control.  The major performance will take place ‘in the round', while the production will also utilise other spaces within the Hannah Playhouse to create a distinctly new experience for Downstage visitors.

The return of Long Cloud…

This show marks the third partnership between Downstage and the Long Cloud Youth TheatreSummer School programme. Where previously the students presented established plays such as Daughters of Heaven, The Portrait of Dorian Gray and Vernon God Little, Company Director Aaron Cortesi (previously seen at Downstage in Mark Twain and Me in Maoriland and Goodnight The End) has since guided the participants to use their own experiences as young people living here and now.

Long Cloud Youth Theatre is a hothouse for New Zealand's most exciting young acting talent. Run by Whitireia Performance Centre and based in Wellington, Long Cloud is training and production company for people aged 16-21.

Innovative leadership…

This year's Summer School project is created under the leadership of director Leo Gene Peters, whose previous award-winning work includes Awhi Tapu and Death and the Dreamlife of Elephants at Downstage in 2011.

Elephants was created by Leo Gene Peters' company A Slightly Isolated Dog Ltd,  Wellington-based performance company that has been creating new devised theatre since 2005. They aim to build performance through dialogue with the public. 

A space to experiment…

Downstage is once again providing the opportunity for Long Cloud to present its students' work in a professional environment as part of its commitment to developing the future of New Zealand performing arts. Downstage Director/CEO Hilary Beaton says:

“Downstage has always been a dynamic space for experimentation, not just a venue.  It's very exciting to be showcasing the versatility of this building – a work of art in its own right – and to be placing that opportunity in the hands of such talented and committed young artists.” 

Tickets:  $25/20 

All shows 7.30pm 

Performance Dates: 

Wed 30 Jan - Public Preview 
Fri 1 Feb - Opening Night 
Sat 2 Feb | Thu 7 Feb | Fri 8 Feb | Sat 9 Feb | Tue 12 Feb | Wed 13 Feb | Thu 14 Feb | Fri 15 Feb | Sat 16 Feb – Closing Night 

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (04) 801 6946 or in person at Downstage's box office. 


Frankie Berge

Mitchell Bernard

Paddy Carroll

Kieran Charnock

Brie Cox

Lily della Porta

Rori Evans

George Fenn

Angela Fouhy

Ella Gilbert

Bella Guarrera

Patrick Hunn

Amanda Hutchinson

Brianna Jamieson

Ryan Knighton

Olivia Mahood

Irene McGlone

Lewis McLeod

Calvin Petersen

Hen Priestly

Nino Raphael

Freya Sadgrove


Director: Leo Gene Peters

Artistic Director LCYT: Aaron Cortesi

Production & Stage Manager: Paul Tozer

Sound + AV Designer/Operator: Matt Eller

Set and Publicity Designer: Oliver Morse

Lighting and Production Assistant: Jason Longstaff

Downstage Liason: Alana Kelly