Waikato University Theatre Studies students are channelling Katherine Mansfield for Hamilton Book Month.
They're performing in Carving in Ice Theatre Co’s staged reading of Today’s Bay by Craig Thaine. It’s based on Mansfield’s short story At the Bay, only it keeps moving away from the script for the students “to be students”.
The play, written in 1982, explores what it means to be a New Zealander, Mansfield’s work and her place as a “New Zealand writer”, and the preoccupation with childhood in New Zealand writing.
The performance is being directed by Gaye Poole, and while the students have a script during the show, they are still required to act and use props. Rehearsals have been taking place since early June.
“We’re delighted that Craig Thaine has agreed to come along to one of the performances and will do a Q and A,” says Gaye. “It’s always interesting to hear how a writer comes up with an idea, how themes are developed and how they construct a text.”
There’ll be two shows at the Playhouse in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the university; the first on Saturday 18 August at 7pm, and the second on Sunday 19 August at 2pm.
Today’s Bay features students Melanie Allison, Kendra Boyle, Henry Garfitt, Tara Given, Lily Gladstone-Gallagher, Biahga Larden, Kelly Petersen, June Potifara, David Simes, James Smith and Kirsty Young.
Hamilton Book Month takes place throughout August and features several University of Waikato staff, including award-winning authors Catherine Chidgey and Tracey Slaughter, writer in Residence Therese Lloyd and children’s literature specialist Dr Nicola Daly from the Faculty of Education.
For a full programme of events to: http://hamiltonbookmonth.wixsite.com/2018