Massey Expressive Arts student Eden Cowley in performance. Photographer: Jane Wilcox
01 Nov 2015
1 - 2pm
Theatre Laboratory 5D14, Massey Wellington
63 Wallace St, Massey Wellington Campus
Mt Cook, Wellington, 6021
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Provocative new short plays by international and local playwrights for Climate Change Theatre Action (#ClimateChangeTheatreAction). 1pm to 2pm in Theatre Lab 5D14, Massey University Wellington. Free: all welcome.
Massey University School of English & Media Studies presents Waves, a provocative afternoon of short plays by international and local playwrights, spoken word poetry, and readings from the finalists in our Expressive Arts Club Climate Change Creative Writing Awards.
Waves is our contribution to Climate Change Theatre Action (#ClimateChangeTheatreAction), a series of worldwide readings and performances led from New York by Theatre Without Borders.
Kicking off Climate Change Theatre Action for Aotearoa on Sunday November 1st in the Theatre Laboratory (5D14) at Massey University Wellington Campus, we will entertain, console and confront you with works humorous and intense, problem-illuminating and solution-focussed, powerful, sometimes funny, sometimes catastrophic, often moving and inspirational.
Waves will include the World Premiere of a new short play, Mōrehu and Tītī, by the award-winning playwright David Geary. Mōrehu and Tītī takes us into the surreal and blackly humorous world of an ancient Tuatara and a flighty young Sooty Shearwater as they contemplate the rising Southern Ocean off the coast of New Zealand from the deck of a drifting life-raft bound for Antarctica.
Bring your lunch and join us from 1pm to 2pm to celebrate to power of creativity to make us think differently and illuminate possibilities for change as well as present deep challenges to our complacency. We’ll provide free coffee, tea, juice, biscuits, entertainment and an unhurried space for thoughtful korero after the performance. We’ll also be hearing the finalists and announcing the winners of the Expressive Arts Club Climate Change Creative Writing Competition at the event. Attendance is free: all welcome.
Climate Change Theatre Action is a partnership between three international creative activism NGOs: ‘Theatre Without Borders’, ‘The Arctic Cycle’ and ‘NoPassport’, and a series of international collaborators, to stage short plays and readings about climate change worldwide as part of an ‘International Climate Change Theatre Action’ global event in November. The project is coordinated from New York City, by three award-winning playwrights: Caridad Svich (recipient of 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre), Chantal Bilodeau (Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle – an organisation created to support the writing, development and production of eight plays that examine the impact of climate change on the eight countries of the Arctic), and Elaine Avila (Recipient, Mellon Foundation Environmental Arts Commission, Pomona College, Los Angeles). Thank you to Massey University for supporting Waves, a Climate Change Theatre Action event in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.