18 March ecoglobe [yinyang] news 2000

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Genetic engineering

Progress           or           Luddites?


WELLINGTON, 18 March 2000 - Impressive! One year of research condensed into 90 minutes Avant-Garde theatre - and no bias! You could go in as a genetic engineering anti- and then come out as a progress convert, so to speak.

Wellington's Fringe Festival staged the world premiere of SEEyD, the drama of a couple of infertile organic seed producers (played by Genevieve McClean and Tim Spite) facing modern agriculture. Into the drama bikes a WWOOFer (Richard Edge) who happens to know an awful lot about genetics. The agitated beekeeper and the superior politician are both played by Scott Macky. The drama unfolds in a sound setting of electronic music by Peter Edge and creative lighting and scenery by Nyree Andrews and Sven Mehzoud.

The Nucleus Theatre achieves what Peter Biggs, chair of Creative New Zealand, suggested earlier this week in a public forum debate at the Beehive's Theatrette: create synergies between the Arts and other areas of society.

The professional team in their new theatre at Te Whaea Basement of the NZ Drama School got it right. You leave the scene still able to make up your own mind on this hotly debated issue of genetic engineering.

Wellington, 18 March to 15 April 2000, The Nucleus Theatre, NZ Drama School, Old Winter Show Buildings, 11 Hutchinson Rd (top of Wallace St.)
Bookings: tel. 04 - 389 6137 Fringe Festival: 0800 226 6548

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