Celebrate! It's New Zealand Theatre Month
It's a Roger Hall initiative triggered by his belief that large sections of the New Zealand public are unaware of New Zealand theatre, plays written by New Zealanders about New Zealanders and we definitely do have a flavour that is uniquely ours.
New Zealand theatre has definitely come of age. While we still enjoy English drama we no longer rely so heavily on them. New Zealand has its own history, its own culture and its own special brand of humour.
Roger Hall has called on all theatres in New Zealand to become involved in presenting New Zealand work, plays, panel discussions and displays. His call has been heard, resulting in New Zealand plays, displays and discussions throughout New Zealand this month. His hope is that we will recognise our 150 year-plus of NZ theatre and that members of the public who've not previously attended theatre will do so.
We have a rich history of producing relevant and thought provoking plays, plays that reflect our culture, our problems and our responses to them. Let's appreciate them.
Wanganui's Repertory Theatre's response to NZ Theatre Month is the production of Eugenia, written by NZ playwright Lorae Parry.
Typically her themes are gender inequality and sexual orientation which, although not mainstream concerns, are becoming more openly discussed and accepted.
We at Repertory Theatre hope that Eugenia enjoys a successful season provoking greater awareness amongst those of us who'd not normally interact with the transgender community. They don't choose their orientation. We choose our response.
Eugenia opens at Repertory Theatre on Friday, September 14 with the following performance dates: Saturday, September 15, followed by a matinee on Sunday, September 16, Thursday, September 20 through to Saturday, September 22.