Student performance art works premiered in Massey show

11092107 News Photo Supplied:Jeremy Hunt, Devon Helliwell and Cam Dickons check in to "The Hotel".
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11092107 News Photo Supplied:Jeremy Hunt, Devon Helliwell and Cam Dickons check in to "The Hotel".

A mini festival of new short plays and films, original songs and poetry opens a limited season next week at Massey University's Palmerston North campus.

Catalyst: A Show of Stage, Screen and Song follows in the creative traditions that were established by Massey's Festival of New Arts and continued in 2015's We Made This and last year's Arts Uncontrolled.

"Palmy has such a hub of enthusiastic and talented artists, and Massey has a history of facilitating cool, exciting new art - so this show is the perfect blend," said Tobias Lockhart, the show's artistic director.

Finn Maloney, Ethan Burmeister and Tessa Mitchell-Anyon in a scene from "Perfection (Terms and Conditions Apply)".
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Finn Maloney, Ethan Burmeister and Tessa Mitchell-Anyon in a scene from "Perfection (Terms and Conditions Apply)".

"It's about creating an opportunity where people can push themselves and their work."

From debating the meaning of humanity and assessing perfection, to a director desperate to keep his show running despite an increasing body count, each performance piece is less than 10 minutes.

The varied programme includes a new play by Angie Farrow. The Wall made its debut during last month's Massey University Students Association Arts and Cultures Festival.

Kaitlin Edmonds and Matt Schaw enjoy a fictional night out on the campaign trail in "DBs with Winnie P".
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Kaitlin Edmonds and Matt Schaw enjoy a fictional night out on the campaign trail in "DBs with Winnie P".

Other works are The Scottish Play by Alex Cutforth​ and Jack Edens, Perfection (Terms and Conditions Apply) by Cameron Dickons, The Hotel by Charlie Pearson, Numb by Aaron McLean, and  the contemporary politically flavoured DBs with Winnie P by Lockhart.

The production's Shivarn Stewart said there were also two short films made by Ethan Burmeister and Kaitlin Edmonds, with original songs from Rosheen Leslies. Catalyst had a performing cast of 30 and a wider ensemble of 37.

"It's quite a big beastie this one," Stewart said. 

Interest in drama at Massey was at an all-time high, and producers had tried to include as many people as possible in the show, she said.

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Catalyst will be presented over four nights from Wednesday, September 20 in the Sir Geoffrey Peren Building Auditorium, with the pre-show, art and poetry display starting at 7pm. Tickets are $15 adults and $10 for students, available at the door.

 - Stuff

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