Living art gallery of teenage stories

An orchard on Woodcocks Road will be turned into a living art gallery when the Healing Through Arts & Action Trust presents a post-modern theatre production on Saturday, May 5.

The programme will be made up of six stories, directed by actor/director Ash Jones, who is a regular collaborator with the trust on drama and school projects.

The stories share common teenage themes – bullying, adolescence angst, communication, and insecurity – and touch on the consequences of some of the risks people take when they are young.

Drama therapist Maxine Donnellan-Axford says the stories are about de-mystifying what it is to be human and asking the question, ‘Where does happiness lie?’

“The performances will be outside, so people should dress warmly,” Maxine says. “It’s quirky and will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

“But the stories address real issues and are taken from real people’s lives, and some offer a cautionary tale of how seemingly innocent decisions can have dire results.”

The trust, which formed in 1994, uses theatre and creativity to talk about difficult issues.

It has developed the empowerment and leadership through sport programmes, and every year it provides therapeutic theatre, professional theatre and therapy programmes for people from all walks of life.

The show, at 372 Woodcocks Road, starts at 7.30pm.

Info: Phone Maxine on 021 343 193 or The alternative weather venue will be the Warkworth Town Hall.