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Albert Black


Tue 22 Oct 2013, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Wed 23 Oct 2013, 7:30pm–8:40pm
Thu 24 Oct 2013, 7:30pm–8:40pm
Fri 25 Oct 2013, 7:30pm–8:40pm
Sat 26 Oct 2013, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Old Library Building Arts Centre, 7 Rust Ave, Whangarei

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $18.00 ($17.00 + $1.00 fees)
  • Student/Beneficiaries: $12.00
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Northland Youth Theatre Presents Albert Black – Teenage Love Crimes.

“Young Love will Kick the chairs about and like a rush-fire burn” – J.K. Baxter

Blame slick-back heart throb James Dean. Blame Mickey Spillane. Blame rock and roll.

New Zealand in the 1950’s was on the cusp of a cultural transformation that was sweeping the world. In the aftermath of world war, the USA’s influence on the South Pacific was irresistible. Brassy, consumerist America had unleashed new appetites in a land of conservative Protestant Kiwis. The first to wholeheartedly adopt American Influences were a new and vivacious subculture that would go on to remake our world –Teenagers - and their unbound energies triggered a moral panic that would end at the gallows.

Based on actual characters and events, Albert Black is a new play chronicling the fiery emergence of New Zealand’s first teenagers. It’s a Kiwi Rebel Without A Cause,complete with ducks-arse haircuts, misguided love, rock’n’roll, and a cult built around the banned pulp fiction of Mickey Spillane. Vivid as a comic book, the playfollows Belfast immigrant Albert Black – a frowned on Bodgie – as he scrapes by in the conservative and surreal New Zealand of the mid-fifties... a country in the grip of a teenage crime wave whichcould have been ripped from the pages of one of Spillane’s hard boiled paperbacks: the Parker-Hulme murder, the Milkbar Murder and the notorious Jukebox Killing that leads Albert to his tragic demise.

Written by local playwright Peter Larsen for a large castat NYT, the play explores the anarchic rise of the teenager in New Zealand culture. “Before the advent of the teenager there was only childhood and adulthood,” explains Larsen. “Then child labour law reform and extended education created a new generation- one with a child’s responsibilities but adult urges. Society struggled to integrate and understand this new cultural phenomenon, and still does to this day.”

Featuring 22 actors aged 14-17, and directed by Jarrod Martin, the play is ultimately a celebration of how teenagers remade our world. Albert Black is the story of NZ’s first teenagers as they struggled to find (often with disastrous consequences) their place in our society; a place where every young person can now enjoy freedom and independence. And Albert Black asks the perennial and subversive question: why should any teenager submit to the authority of adults?

The Cast:
Asti Smith, Austyn Mills, Ava O’Brien, Bella Adams, Breanna Worthington-Gibbs, Carlos Wirihana, Chelsea Farr, Chris King, Cinta Damerell, Ebony Fairclough, Ella Thomas, Frankie Mulcare, Jack Robinson, Jasmine Monaghan, Jodi Katsoolis, Kaylee Powell, Lani McNamara, Michael Hemming, Rebeca McKean, Tegan Payne, Trent Reyburn & Vanessa Shaw.

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