By David Burton
Hawke’s Bay Youth Theatre presents a powerful work of verbatim theatre, written by Australian playwright David Burton. Described as charming, intelligent, ambitious and honourable, Toowoomba teenager Kristjan Terauds, died on April Fools Day 2009 after complications from illegal drug use. Kristjan’s story is hardly a standalone tragedy and is a disturbingly common one in our community. Using the words of Kristjan’s friends and family interviewed over many months, and inspired by the journal of his father, this is a powerful story of love, loss and sadness, with touching humour. It is intimate, moving, thought-provoking and sometimes confronting, but ultimately an optimistic reflection on the choices we make and how they affect those we love. April’s Fool is at various times clinical, vulnerable, comical and deeply spiritual. It brings the real voices of real people into the performance space, bearing a potent message for the audience and a wake-up call for the wider community. Carefully supported and guided by directors Peter Cottrell and Champa J. Maciel, the actors of Hawke’s Bay Youth Theatre are proud to share this deeply human experience and invite you to actively participate in this discussion with the rangatahi of our community.
R13 (Contains references to substance abuse, strong language)
No interval, full lockout
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