Teen Pride: baring my heart on stage
AMANAKI HOPE PRESCOTT FALETAU
What does Pride mean to you?
As part of Auckland Pride Festival, five young people will perform their heartfelt stories in Teen Faggots Come To Life.
We asked them to share their journeys as young, gay, transgender, fa'afafine, fakaleiti and bisexual Māori and Pacific Island artists. This is Amanaki's story.
Four years ago I did one of the hardest and most embarrassing things in my whole life: I wrote a play about my first love in high school and then had to co-direct it.
Not just that, I had to perform it as an actress and actor, meaning I had to play all the characters, switching my physicality, voice and gestures.
On top of that it was a true story that I still wasn't over. Awkward crying and baring my heart, my deepest issues and insecurities were all shown on stage, not just for one night, but for three.
Having to kiss myself on stage, talk to myself on stage, then reply to myself on stage, in front of a theatre full of people and my family was sooooo silly but very fulfilling.
I told myself I wouldn't do it again. But now I'm doing it again for Auckland Pride Festival.
I don't know how I did it the first time because I'm finding it hard to go there again.
Come and watch if you want to see a different kind of love story based on true events.
Teen Faggots Come To Life plays Saturday 15 February, 7pm The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland.