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Producer nervous as big show nears

Producer nervous as big show nears
(From left):"Stages of Change"Assistant Director Anapela Polataivao with Directors Nina Nawalowalo and Tom McCrory on July 18, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
July 19
11:00 2017


The producers are nervous and excited with the launching of a play titled Stages of Change at 7pm on Saturday at the University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Centre at the Laucala campus in Suva.

Renowned Wellington based director and co-founder of The Conch Theatre Company, Nina Nawalowalo said she was nervous at how it was going to turn out but was very excited at the prospect of performances around Viti Levu.

“I want the crowd to see the message behind the performance and be moved by the production,” she said.

Ms Nawalowalo whose success with The Conch co-founder Tom McCrory has built an international reputation with performances of Vula and Masi at the Wellington’s BATS Theatre, Sydney’s Opera House and London’s Barbican Theatre.

The original Stages of Change was staged in Honiara a few years ago and has been re-created for the Fijian audience.

“It’s a piece that we have already made and how can we put that in a Fijian context,” said Ms Nawalowalo.

The 20-25 minute production was put together in two weeks after the training of 12 USP Oceania Arts School students with Valuing Voices.

Valuing Voices Programme Specialist, Sivendra Michael said the primary objective of the production was to empower community members to participate more effectively in civil society.

“It addresses the problem of violence against women and in doing so empowering a new generation of leaders and storytellers,” he said.

Mr Michael said theatre was a vehicle to open up dialogue and awareness about the important role of women in civil society and to reduce violence against women.

Artistic Director of the Oceania Dance theatre, Peter Espiritu said the issue of abuse and battered women was not an approachable subject.

“Abuse of women in the community is not spoken much about but it happens all the time but people tend not to talk about,” Mr Espiritu said.

Mr Espiritu will be facilitating the production between USP, the community and the production on Valuing Voices.

“I’m looking forward to taking the production to the communities by next week,” he said.

The production team will also tour Viti Levu visiting the villages of Cautata, Burelevu, Viseisei and Namatakula.

The project is an EU funded project that is implemented by the British Council in partnership with Save the Children Fiji, USP and Dialogue Fiji.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika



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