IN SPITE OF HIMSELF
THE SEEyD SEASONS: SEEyD, inSalt, SAnD + THE REMEDY SYNDROME, THE BRILLIANT FASSAH, TURBINE + PAUA, THE DECEMBER BROTHER, THE SPY WHO WOULDN'T DIE AGAIN
by Tim Spite and members of the SEEyD Company
Directed by K C Kelly
at Various Schools and Community Venues, New Zealand wide
From 30 Apr 2012 to 30 Jun 2012
Cashmere High School, Christchurch
17 May 2012
Reviewed by: John Smythe; Lindsay Clark; Sharon Matthews;
EnsembleImpact's 2012 Schools Tour
Touring May / June 2012.
The Spy Who Wouldn't Die Again
Stephen St Claire, secret agent, part time Hobbit and animal psychologist, is in New Zealand and spying for us. Weapons, women, a dastardly villain and nothing – not even attack trained killer robots – can stop St Claire from unearthing this evil.
The December Brother
The extraordinary story of how Tim Spite's father, Tony, found his birth family in 1995 (based on Tony's memoir The December Brother) and secondly, an event that shocked New Zealand in 1994, that of the Bain family Murders.
1850's. An English couple, Sara and Gabriel Plowright, arrive on New Zealand shores, bringing with them the desire for a new life and the body of their recently deceased father…our colonists soon discover they are not the only Europeans to have come this way.
An organic seed farmer and his wife are confronted by an invasion of genetically modified crops. And, if mutated bees and the multi-national on his patch weren't enough, there's the issue of Graham's own sterility and the overly attentive hired hand who's keen on a very different kind of ploughing.
It's 2039 and the death rate is now lower than the birth rate. Gabriel Plowright's has Alzheimer's disease but is refusing medical intervention despite the fact that his daughter, a Nanotechnologist, can now rebuild his brain from the molecular level up.
The Remedy Syndrome
Rebecca and Joe they face the issue of vaccinating their baby girl. Overwhelmed by all the information they receive, they negotiate their own blueprint for parenting while personality differences force them to question their couple compatibility.
The Brilliant Fassah
Nathan Clenick, sceptic and maths teacher, discovers he can channel an ancient spirit called Fassah. With the help of his neighbour and his wife, Nathan starts to make some serious money. Suddenly, however, his spirit fades and Nathan has some choices to make.
A serial killer is stalking paua poachers. When government turns a blind eye to the killings, questions get raised about what townspeople will tolerate if there is a financial benefit to the community. Set in the small town of Waiwhero, it is part environmental wake-up call, part whodunit, part thriller and part slasher movie.
Wind farming provides the backdrop for The SEEyD Theatre Company's sixth play Turbine. Mark Lachlan from the electricity company visits the self-sufficient Gusten household in Ohaunui to complete his consultation process before seventy turbines are erected in their ‘backyard'.
Various Schools and Community Venues
30 April-30 June 2012.
For the up-to-date schedule and study guide, go to: www.EnsembleImpact.com
As at 30 April 2012:
Pataka, Porirua: 1:25 Wednesday, 2 May
Puki Arki, New Plymouth: 11:00 and 2:00 Saturday, 26 May.
Te Aroha Centre, Te Aroha: 7:30 Monday, 28 May
Hawkins Theatre, Papakura: 10:00 Wednesday, 13 June
Te Kotahitanga, Whangarei: 10:00 Thursday, 21 June
Turner Centre, Kerikeri: 7:00 Friday, 22 June.
Wellington/Waiarapa: April 30 – May 4th.
Christchurch /Wanaka/Queenstown: May 7th – May 11th.
Dunedin/Timaru/Christchurch: May 14 – May 18.
Manawatu/Hawkes Bay/Taranaki: May 21- May 25th.
Hamilton/Tauranga/Coromandel: May 28 – June 1st.
Auckland: June 5th – June 15th.
Northland: June 18th – June 22.
Fight choreography: Allan Henry
Italian coaching: Antonia Bale