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Fri 15 Jun 2007–Sat 30 Jun 2007

Where: BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

Listed by: Brianne Kerr

Young and Hungry is back for its action packed thirteenth year with a fresh season of three new scripts written specifically for youth audiences, developed and performed in a professional theatre context.

Professional theatre practitioners mentor these young people in all facets of theatre production - acting, lighting, sound, publicity, costume, set and stage management.

"Young and Hungry invests in the future of theatre” says Young and Hungry producer Sally Richards. “We provide a unique springboard into a professional theatre environment. Our mentoring process places young people with respected practitioners, a collaboration that not only creates vital new, New Zealand work but is a breeding ground for New Zealand's creative communities."

Our three fantastic plays for 2007 are:

6.30pm - The Life, Death and Afterlife of Felix Unfortunate
Written by Zoe Deverick
Directed by L’hibou Hornung

Some birds are too young to be caged

Felix sits on the brink of university, R18 movies, clubbing and adulthood. Although a devout non-conformist, his best mate Manny continually tries to convince him to hit town. OK – on the surface, it’s another story of a teen reaching adulthood.

But nothing is ever what it seems. Felix’s world is about to take an UNFORTUNATE twist!

Delia, perhaps Felix’s one chance at true love, seems to disappear and reappear at random, his father is hiding an awkward second life and Felix’s dreams consist of a disturbing alternative reality with a certain dark figure seeking his passing. A fun surreal play to kick off the 2007 season, Felix Unfortunate is a diverse and thought provoking production.

8.00pm - Fitz Bunny: Lust for Glory
Written by Grant Buist
Directed by James Hadley
Musical Direction by Jamie Burgess

We found the weapon of MASS DESTRUCTION – she’s furry, pink, lethal . . . and she sings!

A light-hearted, larger then life musical comedy. With an outrageous spin on politics, this is the inspirational story of rock star Fitz Bunny, New Zealand's first rabbit Prime Minister. With a cuddly cast of hedgehogs, rabbits, and Bolshevik sheep, the threat of global thermonuclear war is bound to lead to inter-species attractions and four part harmony singing.

"With characters breaking into song every now and then, a musical like this isn't limited by reality - particularly when it's a two-foot high psychotic pink bunny that's doing the singing! The fun is that this allows us to think outside the square, and re-imagine an alternative comic reality”, says director James Hadley.

Fitz Bunny is based on the characters from the comic strip Brunswick, written by playwright Grant Buist, who is also responsible for the ‘Jitterati’ comic strip, read and loved by 100,000 people every week in the Capital Times.

Very local, very 2007, very Wellington. Go see it.

9.30pm - The Henchman
Written by Dean Hewison
Directed by Rachel More
Fight Choreography by Allan Henry

Real Men Wear Lycra

The age old clash between Heroes and Villains, good and evil. All just another day at work for henchman, Adam, as he navigates through the trials and tribulations of working for super villain Double Cross. A famously perilous job description but better than sitting at home watching daytime Spanish Soap operas

Fresh after his award winning Fringe Festival season of Brain Power at BATS Dean Hewison’s The Henchman promises to entertain with high calibre mp3 equipped weaponry, tight black lycra uniforms and spectacular stage combat sequences choreographed by Allan Henry.

The Henchman is an exhilarating and action packed romp, that’s lots of fun and armed to the teeth.

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