The Nelson College for Girls year 13 drama class is performing Toa Fraser's Bare, at Ghost Light Theatre next month. Photo: Sherise Ho.

NCG takes on Toa

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A group of young Nelson actors are set to give audiences a 2018 teen perspective on a cult Kiwi classic, 20 years after its debut.

The Nelson College for Girls year 13 drama class (aka #punchingaboveourweight productions) will be presenting their rendition of Toa Fraser’s Bare from 2 – 4 July at Ghost Light Theatre.

Bare is a monologue play set in South Auckland in the early 2000s. In a cinema complex, the play riffs on Kiwi pop culture, body image, films, takeaway food, graffiti and Shakespeare.

Student director Brittany O’Meagher says the play is a comedy which also touches on some more serious issues such as racism, domestic violence and poverty, as well as the migrant story.

“Some of us are playing more than one character, others are playing a different gender and other characters have different lives from ours – so that’s been really interesting and challenging.”

The 22 girls are also doing more than acting, taking on the roles as producers and directors.

“It’s been an eye opener to see all the different aspects of putting on play,” says Brittany.

“We’ve learned how to write a press release, use social media to promote our play, read a theatre contract, get our community involved and how to create a buzz about the show.”

Students Grace Wratt and Stephanie Ingham say the play will appeal to any kiwi who likes to have a good laugh.

“The characters are all very relatable and recognisable. The first version of the play was written in 1997 and then another version in 2007, so there are lots of late 80s to early 2000s references to celebrities, TV shows and events of the time.”

And for some of the girls, it will be their first time performing outside the school gates.

“It’s exciting that we are going to be performing at Ghost Light Theatre in front of a bigger audience than we are used to,” says Brittany.

“We want as many people as possible to come to the show as we really love it and know the audience will, too.”

Bare is on at Ghost Light Theatre from 2 – 4 July. Tickets are available from www.ghostlight.nz