February 14, 2008

Hi Theatreviewers!

That time of year of again. Are you up for it? Auditions and Recruitment for Young and Hungry’s Festival Of New Works 2008 are now open!!!

Auditions take place Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of March 2008 at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown, Wellington.


Recruitment for lighting, sound, costume designers, technicians and publicists (CREW) is on the Monday 17th March 7pm at Toi.

If you are interested in participating please call Sally on 385 8227 for an Audition or Crew form. There are no prepared audition pieces.

Young and Hungry provides a unique springboard into a professional theatre environment. Our mentoring process places young people with respected practitioners, a collaboration that not only creates vital new, New Zealand work but is a breeding ground for New Zealand’s
creative communities.

The Young and Hungry Festival of New Works premieres three new New Zealand plays that offers maximum opportunity for access and participation by the youth of Wellington both as participants (aged 15-25) and audience members (aged 13-30).

The theme for the 2008 Festival of New Works is ‘Revolution’. The following three scripts are:

Swan Song by Branwen Millar
Directed by Willem Wassenaar

There’s an ancient belief that the mute swan sings a heartbreakingly beautiful song just before it dies. But what would the song be like for an entirely unexceptional seventeen year old? If you got a second go at the life you’ve lived how would you do things differently? Would it be possible to avoid those questionable encounters you had with your university lecturer, your high school heart throb and that giant sperm? Swan Song is a magical and mysterious, peculiar and entertaining look at just how awful and wonderful life really is.

RPM by Dave Armstrong
Director: Leo Gene Peters
RPM is a play about six young people and the cars they drive. 17-year-old girl racer Justine wants to discuss her unhappy relationship with her philandering rich-kid boyfriend Luke, but she must babysit 15-year-old Vanessa from Khandallah for the night. Vanessa wants to find her boyfriend Sam, who seems afraid to take their platonic friendship further. When Luke finds his best mate Phil doing more than fixing Justine’s pillar rust, and Vanessa finds that Sam has been up Brooklyn Hill with ‘Hutt Mutt’ Rose, a crisis ensues. Depressed Luke, fuelled by vodka and a full tank of gas, takes off with Vanessa, and everyone else must face up to the consequences. RPM is a humorous and hi-octane drama about love, relationships and fast cars.

Yolk by Arthur Meek
Director tbc

With her mother in hospital and the house to herself, Flip Porter is now in charge of her own life. So what’s she going to do with it? Over the course of a single, action-filled night with her best mates, Flip must decide whether or not to accept the yoke of history.


March 15 & 16 2008 – auditions are held and the plays cast.
March 17th 2008 – technical, management and design participants recruited
April 2008 – rehearsals begin.
April 2008 – design finalised by mentors, designers and directors.
Production – May 2008 – July 2008 

The production week runs from June 12-19 at BATS Theatre, with the opening night occurring on 20th June. The Festival of New Works then runs until 5 July.

Call Sally for more information

Sally Richards
Executive Officer
Young & Hungry
PO Box 27 -364
Marion Square
Wellington 6141
Ph. (04) 385 8227
Email: young.hungry@gmail.com
Website: http://youngandhungry.org.nz 

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