Written by Samuel Christopher, Anoushka Klaus & Jess Sayer
Directed by Scott Wills
presented by Dark Horse Productions
at TAPAC Theatre, Western Springs, Auckland
From 20 Feb 2013 to 24 Feb 2013
Reviewed by: Lexie Matheson; Matt Baker (Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog);
TACKLING THE UNSPOKEN ISSUES AROUND YOUTH SUICIDE
TAPAC joins with recent graduates of The Actors' Program to bring to life the exciting debut of new theatre company Dark Horse Productions from the 20th to 24th February as part of the 2013 Auckland Fringe Festival.
Multi-Award winning actor Scott Wills will make his directorial debut with an ensemble play charting the lives that pass through an Auckland bus stop and the secrets which are unravelled following a young man's death, alongside the writing team of Samuel Christopher, Jess Sayer and Anoushka Klaus; all part of the inaugural year of The Actors Program in 2012.
The writers have been personally moved by youth suicide and “BUS STOP” is being developed to potentially tour high schools to bring awareness to youth suicide and the affects it has on those left behind in the wake of death. New Zealand's suicide statistics concerning young people in particular are alarming and frightening, and demand to be looked into deeper. Auckland Fringe 2013 is a great opportunity to test the work in front of audiences before developing it further to take to high schools.
A graduate from the New Zealand National Drama School in 1994, Scott Wills earned a double major Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and Media Studies at Massey University. In 1997 he won the Chapman Tripp Best Male Newcomer Theatre award for his role as Baby in Jez Butterworths', "MOJO". Wills is excited to be on board “BUS STOP” and brings with him a wealth of experience having won multiple Best Actor awards across both stage (“MOJO”) and screen (“APRON STRINGS” and “STICKMEN”).
Sayer is making big strides early in her career; in 2011, Sayer won Playmarkets ‘Playwrights b4 25' competition with her first play “FIX” which was work shopped by “Read Raw” with Michael Hurst, Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Callum Gittens. In 2012 her play “BEAUTIFUL COINCIDENCES” was shortlisted for the Adam NZ Play Award and her play “ELEVATOR” is also to be featured in the 2013 Auckland Fringe Festival, starring Sayer, Michele Hine and Lauren Gibson. Klaus is a writer and actress whose screen work has ranged from beloved television shows “GO GIRLS” & “SHORTLAND STREET” to independent films “JAKE” AND “GHOST SHARK 2”. Klaus has also performed in numerous plays and has worked with Outfit Theatre devising several shows including the award winning “THE SEX SHOW” in 2011 & 2012. In 1998 Klaus came runner up in the Playmarket Under 25 Playwrights competition.
Christopher is a 2009 graduate of the University of Auckland with both a Fine Arts degree from Elam School of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Latin American History. He is also an award winning actor and writer with a sharp wit and wry sensibility who has performed in a wide breadth of plays. - recently writing, producing and starring in his sell out show “AN N&N PRISONTIME SPECIAL” in the 2012 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.
The Auckland Fringe Festival runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to www.aucklandfringe.co.nz .
BUS STOP plays
February 20th – 24th, 8:30pm
Duration: 60 mins
Location: TAPAC, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs
Tickets: Adults $18, Students/Equity $15
Bookings: Visit https://www.patronbase.com/_TAPAC/Productions or call 09 845 0295 for ticketing assistance.