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The Changing Shed
by Michael Metzger
Growing up gay is not for sissies. Especially in 1970s rural Otago. In this energetic and thoughtful autobiographical work, Michael Metzger weaves together his childhood memories with his present-day experience of training for and running a marathon, because sometimes we find a sense of community in unexpected places.
The Changing Shed is a play about overcoming the long-term effects of bullying while offering a heartfelt message of hope and solidarity. It formed the creative component of Michael’s PhD at Deakin University in Melbourne (2020) and it won the award for Best Theatre at Dunedin Fringe 2021 and Best Script at the 2021 Dunedin Theatre Awards. Michael's PhD also won the Australasian Drama Studies Association's 2021 Philip Parsons Prize for performance as research. Proudly adding to the small canon of New Zealand gay plays, The Changing Shed is the first to specifically address queer identity in a rural context.
“This unsettling power play opens a dialogue between the performer and the audience, a dialogue that moves beyond the play into minds. The personal is political. The personal is worth repeating.”
Producer & Tech Operator: Katrina Chandra
Writer & Performer: Michael Metzger
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A celebration of solo artists, TAHI is a ten-day Festival from 8-17 September dedicated to showcasing the finest and most engaging solo performances from all around Aotearoa. With events across Pōneke in 2022, check out our website for all the details and to book. www.tahifestival.com
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