Playwright and Director Melissa Fergusson brings a stimulating and contemporary piece of theatre to the stage in her latest work, pURe, which is premiering as part of a double-bill with Motherlock.
pURe is high impact dramatic work exploring the dysfunction of relationships through turbulent reality and drug use.
Will (Alistair Browning) is seduced in to the world of methamphetamine through a surprise encounter with former fling, the calculating Anais (Rebecca Parr). pURe consumes all in its path, no relationship is spared from its devastation, and it is difficult to escape its grasp. Fergusson said she was inspired to write 'pURe' because "methamphetamine is so prevalent in NZ society and effects families from all walks of life. Meth rapidly hooks people into the cycle of addiction and wastes life away. It takes a person's soul from them."
‘pURe’ is endorsed by outspoken activist and life coach, Christina Stroud; published author of two books and founder of the True Potential Trust and Hope of A Nation; organisations chartered to stop the supply and demand of methamphetamine into New Zealand. Stroud has provided expert advice on the use of methamphetamine and its effects to Fergusson and cast to enhance the credibility on stage through enabling the characters to replicate true to life physical and emotional behaviours.
Both Fergusson and Stroud hope people will learn from ‘pURe’ and be motivated to incite positive change in their communities. Fergusson says, "I want people to be educated and understand how this drug takes people's lives in to its grip. There may be audience members whose son/daughter is currently using and they are unaware, or even people in the audience itself who have a problem and are in denial. I want people to know methamphetamine is a real problem, potentially knocking at their door".
‘pURe’ premieres as the second part of a double-bill with Fergusson’s earlier work Motherlock, which has been re-cast, re-mastered and had dramaturgy from Peter Matheson (one of Australia’s leading dramaturgs) with multi-media incorporated in to stage craft. Motherlock was critically acclaimed in its earlier seasons that included showings as part of Auckland, Wellington and Melbourne Fringe Festivals. This time Tara O'Brien is "the mother", coming off recent successes in "The Intimate Confessions of Room 319," short film "Going Live" and feature film "Someone to Carry Me."
charlatan clinic continues to capture audiences and produce provocative, intelligent and insightful professional theatre. Film-making is on the agenda, Motherlock and pURe will be made in to a screen play and filmed 2012/2013. pURe is also set to take the stage as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival 2013. Motherlock and pURe will be performed as a double-bill in to Los Angeles in 2013 to show case its work to a growing USA fan base.
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