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L to R: Maddy Berquist, Abby Shaw, Sharne Jones L to R: Maddy Berquist, Abby Shaw, Sharne Jones CREDIT: Rangi Ruru

New NZ Play Wins at International Festival

Thursday 8 October 2015, 3:08AM
By RedPR
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Rangi Ruru Girls’ School has won Best Youth Production and Runner-up Best Overall Production at the acclaimed Norfolk Island Theatre Festival.  

For the sixth time Rangi Ruru’s Director of Theatre Arts, Robert Gilbert, has been named Best Director.

The group of Year 13 students performed ‘Breaking News’ a brand new play by award-winning New Zealand playwright, Angie Farrow.

‘Breaking News’ explores the relationship between of self-image and media, and Robert Gilbert describes the play as a perfect fit for the girls.

“The girls immediately identified with the central character,” said Mr Gilbert. 

“As an ensemble piece of physical theatre, they really had to commit to a disciplined rehearsal regime.  They put their hearts and souls into their roles and that came across with their winning performance,” he added.

This is only the second time Rangi Ruru has competed at the festival.  In 2013 a group of Year 12 students won Best Production for their performance of ‘Bottom’s Tale’, an excerpt from William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

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About ‘Breaking News’

‘Breaking News’ is Angie Farrow’s newest play and was written with young female performers in mind.  It is the story of a famous newsreader who one day finds herself not just reading the news, but inside of it, not just a detached observer, but an active participant.  Her experience takes her on an extraordinary journey of adventure and self-discovery.

About Angie Farrow

In addition to being critically acclaimed, Angie Farrow has won numerous awards for her theatre plays including The Pen is A Mighty Sword International Play Competition in 2007 and The Bruce Wrenn Award for Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Writing for her community theatre play ‘Before the Birds’ (2009).  Her short plays have won many awards on the international stage including Peoples' Choice at the Inspirato Festival in Canada for ‘Tango Partner’ (2011) and Best Script for her play ‘Lifetime’ at the Short and Sweet Festival in Singapore (2010).

Angie is the author of two anthologies of plays for young adults: ‘Plays for Physical Theatre’ (2005) and ‘Plays for Physical Theatre II’ (2010).