NYT in 2013
NYT’s trademark menagerie of youth, joy, surprise and carnival to provide a unique evening of excitement and intrigue.It’s a story about getting stuck, trying to get home, looking for your parents and meeting your destiny. It's packed with seductive sirens, many faced beasts, one eyed monsters, capricious gods, shipwrecks, prophecies, battles, muses, feasting, bicycles and BBQs. It’s going to be an Odyssey.
Turn around, touch the ground, bags not it!
Genevieve is turning eleven. Genevieve is having a party. There is also a donkey at this party (played by Anthony Crum from NYT’s Senior company; Thinning, Quarry, and Odyssey) who leads us through the complex world of Genevieve's special day - through a landscape of games and gifts - exploring transformation and solitude, friendship and family, and the multitude of often unnoticed, tiny acts of
courage and connection that make us who we are.
In a world of transforming boxes, populated by loved and threadbare soft toys, strange and surprising friends, amidst the shredded paper and explosion of teddies, a party for all time will occur.
We know there'll be treasure hunts and games with claps. Little brothers will destroy, and big sisters will annoy. Tantrums, toothaches, songs and farewells. You'll hear secrets, pop balloons, pass the parcel, help choose the perfect gift, and tell everyone your birthday party was better.
The NYT 2013 Junior show is a raucously exquisite celebration of achieving age, eating what you like because you can, playing games like life, living life like a game, and making friends who didn't exist until the game started.
Devised with a magnificent cast of 17 young, local theatre makers (aged 8 -20), led by Katy Maudlin & accompanied by the enchanting musical stylings of Tomasin Fisher-Johnson, Cake is voiced and expressed by the unique talents of our local youth, a vibrant explosion of their existence, and it's entanglement with the lives of everyone.
Come along, blow out the candles, make as many wishes if you like, and see the the children putting the tail on the donkey, and the donkey tailing the children!
Cast: Tove Petersson, Samara Mase, Meg & Zoe Robinson, Lily Hallett- Pullen, Jasmine Fisher-Johnson, Cajun, Florence & Zelde Morrison-Smith, Genghis & Romane Gardes, Brodie & Lochie McIntyre, Benjamin Nagel, Arnika Wickham, Anna Mason & Anthony Crum. With music by Tomasin Fisher-Johnson.
ALBERT BLACK - Teenage love crimes
Northland Youth Theatre Presents Albert Black – Teenage Love Crimes.
“Young Love will Kick the chairs about and like a rush-fire burn” – J.K. Baxter
Blame slick-back heart throb James Dean. Blame Mickey Spillane. Blame rock and roll.
New Zealand in the 1950’s was on the cusp of a cultural transformation that was sweeping the world. In the aftermath of world war, the USA’s influence on the South Pacific was irresistible. Brassy, consumerist America had unleashed new appetites in a land of conservative Protestant Kiwis. The first to wholeheartedly adopt American Influences were a new and vivacious subculture that would go on to remake our world –Teenagers - and their unbound energies triggered a moral panic that would end at the gallows.
Based on actual characters and events, Albert Black is a new play chronicling the fiery emergence of New Zealand’s first teenagers. It’s a Kiwi Rebel Without A Cause,complete with ducks-arse haircuts, misguided love, rock’n’roll, and a cult built around the banned pulp fiction of Mickey Spillane. Vivid as a comic book, the playfollows Belfast immigrant Albert Black – a frowned on Bodgie – as he scrapes by in the conservative and surreal New Zealand of the mid-fifties... a country in the grip of a teenage crime wave whichcould have been ripped from the pages of one of Spillane’s hard boiled paperbacks: the Parker-Hulme murder, the Milkbar Murder and the notorious Jukebox Killing that leads Albert to his tragic demise.
Written by local playwright Peter Larsen for a large castat NYT, the play explores the anarchic rise of the teenager in New Zealand culture. “Before the advent of the teenager there was only childhood and adulthood,” explains Larsen. “Then child labour law reform and extended education created a new generation- one with a child’s responsibilities but adult urges. Society struggled to integrate and understand this new cultural phenomenon, and still does to this day.”
Featuring 22 actors aged 14-17, and directed by Jarrod Martin, the play is ultimately a celebration of how teenagers remade our world. Albert Black is the story of NZ’s first teenagers as they struggled to find (often with disastrous consequences) their place in our society; a place where every young person can now enjoy freedom and independence. And Albert Black asks the perennial and subversive question: why should any teenager submit to the authority of adults?
Asti Smith, Austyn Mills, Ava O’Brien, Bella Adams, Breanna Worthington-Gibbs, Carlos Wirihana, Chelsea Farr, Chris King, Cinta Damerell, Ebony Fairclough, Ella Thomas, Frankie Mulcare, Jack Robinson, Jasmine Monaghan, Jodi Katsoolis, Kaylee Powell, Lani McNamara, Michael Hemming, Rebeca McKean, Tegan Payne, Trent Reyburn & Vanessa Shaw.