THE FIRST TIME
16/03/2017 - 25/03/2017
The First Time is about the perspectives of women in their late teens and early twenties experiencing things for the first time.
The script experiments with a monologue structure and to highlight key moments of communication, dialogue is threaded throughout. It focuses on voices that are often overlooked and not thoroughly explored. The script written by Courtney Rose Brown won ‘Highly Commended’ from Playmarket’s Playwrights b425 Competition in 2016 and is making its debut at BATS Theatre on the 16th of March through to the 25th.
The experiences the characters go through in the play are universal for young women and often not discussed. This play gives direct insight into the minds of women with different class backgrounds, cultures, goals, sexualities and mental health, who all are linked together by the challenges of their life experiences.
‘The First Time’ provides a platform for better representation of Queer characters, Māori characters, mental illness and sexual assault to be shared in order to develop conversation and remove stigma. These said voices are lesser heard voices, presented through the female gaze, they are not sexualised or stereotypical. The characters are complicated, flawed and loveable; making ‘The First Time’an entertaining and insightful production directed by Neenah Dekkers-Reihana and performed by the promising new talent.
Trigger Warning: This production includes discussion of mental health, sexual assault and the gay agenda.
BATS Theatre, The Heyday Dome Stage, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington
Thursday 16 – Saturday 25 March 2017
8pm, 1 hour
Elle – Courtney Rose Brown
Te Rina – Cassandra Sutherland
Mereana – Trae Te Wiki
Jess – Ingrid Saker
Alana – Iris Henderson
Lighting Design and Operation: Michael Trigg
1 hr 5 mins
Covers topics rarely aired in public
Review by Ewen Coleman 24th Mar 2017
One of the benefits of theatre is that it often provides a platform for writers to canvass issues and concerns affecting not only themselves, but the world around them and for performers to voice those ideas in some sort of performance-based structure, The First Time written by Courtney Rose Brown, currently playing at Bats Theatre, is a great example of this.
Five young women sit on stage and relate experiences that have occurred to them for the first time. This in itself is not unusual, in that many plays have done this previously. What is different with The First Time however, is that it covers topics rarely aired in public and often regarded as not suitable for a theatrical performance. And while the structure of the show as a series of monologues with the odd interaction from one character to another doesn’t wholly work, there is sufficient within the speeches to hold the audience’s attention. [More]
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