Te Auaha- The NZ Institute of Creativity and BATS theatre present Lovin’ It, Wellington playwright Jo Randerson’s wild, nuanced and hilarious take on the modern condition.
This production takes Whitireia Performing Arts’ third-year stage and Screen students to Wellington’s iconic BATS Theatre, a venue synonymous with fierce, fresh New Zealand performance.
Trapped in a display case, a group of 20-somethings try to make sense of the enduring pop-culture artefacts and historical totems that have been captured alongside them. Surely there’s meaning in here somewhere…but how deep in the detritus and decay of the formerly modern ages is it buried?
“Lovin’ It was created by Jo Randerson working alongside devisers from Long Cloud Youth Theatre, so the work is firmly centred in the perspectives of young people,” said director Richard Dey. “That was a big part of what drew me to the work. I’m conscious that our younger generation’s voices are too often lost in the grown-up political melee - Lovin’ It provides space for those voices and is a fine example of how powerful they can be.”
Lovin’ It revels in the ridiculousness of first-world-problems while bringing the serious negative consequences of modern life in the developed world into brutal focus. Tackling our unquenchable thirst for new information, the importance of memory, new senses of tribalism and community and our constant search to define and achieve ‘real’ social change, this explosive, dreamlike and wondrously playful work from one of New Zealand’s funniest and most politically active playwrights will bombard you with anarchy and steal your heart.
By Jo Randerson
Directed by: Richard Dey
Dates: 7.30pm, 15 August – 24 August 2019
Venue: Bats Theatre 1 Kent Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington