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September 20, 2010 | by  | in Theatre |
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Theatrical Eggsellence

Down at Victoria University’s theatre warren, 77 Fairlie Terrace, twelve humble third-years are facing armageddon: Theatrical Armageddon that is. They are the students of THEA 304—Directing. Over the past trimester they have run headlong through a crazed crash-course of theatre-based fascism. This week, the delicious fruits of their labour are presented on a stage-y platter for your hungry heads. Salient theatre magistrate Uther Dean sat down with two of these brave little directorial mongrels, Stella Reid and Rachelle Fons, and talked about how they are still alive, and why we should see their shows and stuff. Here we grant you exclusive access to some excerpts from that conversation.

UD: Why do theatre? You’ve just spent three years of your life studying theatre. Why?

SR: That’s a good question.

UD: So what is your thing?

SR: What is our thing?

UD: You know? Describe your thing. Like I know nothing.

SR: Well..?

UD: Well, I know what theatre is, but… What is your thing?

SR: In your third year you can apply for the directing paper where you look at a lot of things, but work towards a production at the end of the year…which is directing a ten minute long scene or excerpt or short play, based on what we’ve learnt about directing styles and stuff like that.”

UD: So what is directing?

SR: and RF: [laughter]

SR: Wow. That’s a really interesting question.

[Pause]

SR: I think directing is being a really good judge of character. There’s this fantastic Peter Brook quote—“If you want someone to stand on a chair, tell them the floor is on fire”.

RF: I had scrambled eggs for breakfast this morning.

SR: I had poached.

RF: We put mine last because we didn’t want people walking home and shooting themselves because they were so depressed. And I wanted to go last because I wanted to make a mess and not have to clean it up in two minutes.

SR: ‘People will hate it.’

UD: Well, this is an incredibly diverse set of plays…

RF: All of the plays this year are so different. That’s one of the most exciting things about our directing class. We all chose such different plays.

SR: I’ve created something that I really like and I’m not sure how other people will react to. But, as long as I like it…

[Second-year theatre students enter the Green Room while the interview is occuring.]

SYTS: “Oh, look it’s the fucking directing students.”

The THEA 304 Directing Season is split into two groups of six shows. One is called FRIED the other is called SCRAMBLED. FRIED is on the 22nd and 24th of September. SCRAMBLED is on the 23rd and 25th. They are both in the studio at 77 Fairlie Tce at 7pm. Tickets are $15/$8. Book by emailing
theatre@vuw.ac.nz or by ringing (04) 463 5359. Awes? Awes.

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Uther was one of the two arts editors in 2009. He was the horoscopier and theatre writer in 2010. Alongside Elle Hunt, Uther was coeditor in 2011.

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