PERMISSION TO SPEAK is an exciting theatre project,
providing Wanaka teenagers with an opportunity to explore issues
pertinent to their world today. Three weeks of intense physical
theatre, improvisation, and rehearsing, will lead to performing an
electric play, performed in the Festival of Colour 2019.
High school students from around the country have spoken
their truths to us about gender equality, what feminism means to
them, toxic masculinity and the way forward for men, and body
image. Their verbatim dialogues are presented with movement and
song in this powerful Wanaka production. Our talented cast of 19
teenage actors are facing these issues head on.
PERMISSION TO SPEAK stars music & drama students
from Mount Aspiring College, who get to work on a professional
show while being mentored by GOYA Theatre's practitioners, Fiona
Armstrong and Jonathan James.
Fiona Armstrong is an acclaimed ex-local director, most
recently helming the gritty, sell out production of 'Losing Faith',
and its subsequent Otago tour, which played to rave reviews. She is
the producer of 'CONSTANCE', a TVNZ New Blood production which is
set to shoot in Wanaka in 2019.
Jonathan James produced GOYA Theatre's successful
double-bill season of 'No Science to Goodbye/ Todo Verano' at Te
Pou Theatre in Auckland. He is currently in pre-production for
'THOMAS', a new web TV show.
Fiona & Jonathan are trained, working actors,
alongside being working teachers of the arts. With years of
experience working with children of all ages, they are excited to
mentor & guide the students of Mount Aspiring College to devise
PERMISSION TO SPEAK.
It's such a great opportunity for local students and it
speaks about important issues that simply cannot be
ignored.PERMISSION TO SPEAK will fuel the energy of
the students as they explore matters of concern to so many Kiwi
teenagers and their families. The opportunity to perform and be
part of this unique site-specific show will have an incredibly
positive impact on the students involved.
Developing professional theatre in regional New Zealand is
important to Fiona and Jonathan. With your support, GOYA Theatre
will give local students an exceptional theatre
WHERE IS YOUR MONEY GOING?
We need just $5,000 to make this project possible. Your
donation will go towards:
- Better props & costumes.
- Equipment necessary to provide for the outdoor
requirements of our show (keeping you dry).
- Hiring top of the line lighting & sound equipment,
to take this production to an extremely high standard.