Mt Aspiring College drama production pokes fun at gender perceptions
Year 12 drama students at Mt Aspiring College will take a light-hearted poke at gender perceptions in their upcoming production Revenge of the Amazons.
New Zealand playwright Jean Betts penned the drama in 1983, after becoming fed up that many Shakespearean plays had "blokey" story lines.
Her cast requires so many female characters that some of the college males have had to switch genders to fill some of the roles - although in Shakespearean times this would not have been unusual.
Drama teacher Emily McRae is delighted with how her charges have responded to the challenge.
Although the satirical story-line was underpinned by a more serious message about patriarchal societies, it was primarily a tongue-in-cheek, fun piece, McRae said.
The level two NCEA students were at a level of assessment where they were required to delve into more complex themes and embody a character very different to themselves, she explained.
"Level two has always been a brave, passionate and lively bunch. They are prepared to give things a go," she said.
The students hope their audiences will enjoy the laugh out loud script when they take to the boards of the Lake Wanaka Centre in 10 days time.
What: Mt Aspiring College Year 12 drama production, Revenge of the Amazons
Where: Lake Wanaka Centre
When: Friday and Saturday, August 21-22. Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start.
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students, from Mt Aspiring College office.
Note: mature themes suitable for 15 years and over.