'The First Time' is told from the point of view of five women in
their early twenties experiencing things for the first time. The
script experiments with a monologue structure and to highlight key
moments of communication, dialogue is threaded throughout. It
focuses on voices that are often overlooked and not thoroughly
explored. The script won 'Highly Commended' from Playmarket's
Playwrights B425 Competition this year and is making its debut at
BATS Theatre in March 2017.
We are crowdfunding to cover the costs of hiring Toi Poneke as
our rehearsal and development space, publicity; poster design by
Aimee Smith, as well as the printing and distribution of the
posters, and the design elements of our show to create Poppy
About the play:
Sisters, Te-Rina and Mereana grew up in Lower Hutt with
conservative values; Te-Rina has stayed in that world whereas her
sister has moved beyond it. Te-Rina has just started a hairdressing
course and is excited about reinventing herself and for the first
time, excited about the future. However, a new social circle brings
her back into old habits as she struggles to find confidence in
Mereana finds herself in an unexpected romance and for the first
time has to confront her assumed heterosexuality. She's attempting
to find a purpose in life while learning how to live with her
mental illness and unemployment alongside her new relationship.
Elle has a temper and feels like the world is against her. She
attends the same course as Te-Rina and is trying to come to terms
with her personal shame about her mental health through her regular
visits to her councillor.
Jessica has no understanding of mental health which clashes with
her relationship. She is an outspoken feminist and the most
ambitious and confident of the characters which leads her into good
and bad situations.
Alana has fallen in love for the first time. Overwhelmed by the
feeling, her story revolves around her romance as she forgets to
focus on other aspects in her life.
'The First Time' provides
a platform for better representation of Queer characters, Māori
characters, mental illness and sexual assault to be shared in order
to develop conversation and remove stigma. These said voices are
lesser heard voices, presented through the female gaze, they are
not sexualised or stereotypical. The characters are complicated,
flawed and loveable; bringing a new perspective to the stage.
Monologues present direct insight into the characters who speak in
a candid manner, that women often don't do due to the fear of being
interrupted or judged due to their honesty.