Directed by Jarrod Martin
Based on actual characters and events, ALBERT BLACK is a new play chronicling the fiery emergence of New Zealand’s first teenagers. It’s a Kiwi Rebel Without A Cause, set amongst - as one newspaper described it at the time – “a wasteland of warring juveniles, delinquents, teenage sex, no parental supervision, all-night dives, blaring jukeboxes – even a cult built around the banned books of Mickey Spillane. “
Vivid as a comic book, the play follows Belfast immigrant Albert Black – a frowned on Bodgie – as he scrapes by in the conservative and surreal New Zealand of the mid-fifties - a country in the grip of a crime wave which could have been ripped from the pages of one of Spillane’s hard boiled paperbacks: the Parker-Hulme murder, the Milk Bar Murder and the notorious Jukebox Killing that led Albert to his tragic demise.
The play explores the causes and effects of the Sidney Holland led National Government’s infamous “Mazengarb Report” into juvenile delinquency and the consequent employment of the death penalty. “In the 50’s New Zealand went through a classic moral panic” says playwright Peter Larsen, “Albert Black guides us through the hysteria of the times as absurd politics and social mores reap their strange and dreadful fruit”.
Produced in association with the National Youth Theatre Company the play celebrates how teenagers remade our world. Featuring a large cast of professional and emerging actors, ALBERT BLACK is the story of NZ’s first teenagers as they struggled to find - often with disastrous consequences - their place in our society.
So blame rock and roll. Blame slick-back heart throb James Dean. Blame the pulp fiction of Mickey Spillane. Called “Riotous, shocking and thought-provoking” by theatreview, ALBERT BLACK is a ripping truth as entertaining as it is insightful.
Crowdfunding video: http://youtu.be/qqOKurbIHzU
Boosted Project: www.boosted.org.nz/projects/albert-black
Review by David Stevens: http://www.theatreview.org.nz/reviews/review.php?id=6434
29th July – 2nd August
Lower Greys Ave, Auckland CBD
Matinee Sat 2nd August at 4pm.
Adults $24, Students & Beneficiaries $16.