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Murder most foul
On trial: Martyn Wood, front, and Leon Wadham take on multiple roles in The Laramie Project: 10 Years On.
Photo: REBECCA THOMSON
By REBECCA THOMSON
are we in NZ?
In a lot ways, in New
Zealand we have it
really good, but it's not
like we don't have
violence and we don't
have hate crimes.
Kate McGill, producer
AWyoming hate crime is the subject
of a play to be staged at Bats
Theatre this month.
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later
centres on the true story of a small
American town, 10 years after gay
student Matthew Shepard was beaten,
tied to a fence and left to die.
It is the follow-up story to The Laramie
Project, which was produced by American
theatre group Theatre Tectonic.
Members of the group travelled to
Laramie shortly after the 1998 incident
and interviewed people from the town.
The group turned those interviews into a
A decade later they produced The
Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, after
returning to the town and re-
Wellington producer Kate McGill
worked as an understudy for Tectonic
Theatre at that time and was inspired to
bring the show to New Zealand.
I started to think about how the whole
community has the power to change
history,'' she said.
The play is about that, about how we
raise our children and about how we
learn from past events.''
McGill said she was forced to think
about its relevance to this country when
her father questioned why she wanted to
stage it here.
In a lot of ways, in New Zealand we
have it really good, but it's not like we
don't have violence and we don't have
People have said to me they do
recognise characters in the play.
I'm not a lesbian and I don't have a big
involvement in that community, but I
don't know how we can let people get
away with intolerance. There is no space
for it in our lives.''
Actors Leon Wadham and Martyn
Wood each play nine characters in the
There are 47 characters altogether
and the cast of eight shares those
characters,'' Wadham said.
He said the production was sometimes
fast-paced, especially when you're
playing several characters in one scene''.
He had been aware, through media
reports, of the Wyoming incident at the
time it happened.
It was huge. There was even a Six
Feet Under episode that directly
paralleled the incident.''
The case also inspired a storyline in
the first season of The West Wing.
The Laramie Project has been staged
several times in Wellington and Wood
said it was great to be able to bring the
follow-up show to local audiences.
It's really interesting that we feel in
New Zealand we are quite liberal but
how do you quantify that against the
rest of the world? The play looks at that,''
This sort of stuff [hate crimes] still
happens in New Zealand. Last year
there was that attack on the lesbian
couple up north.''
Also it's kind of special for us, because
Kate worked with Tectonic Theatre and
it's nice to have a direct link to the
people that did the original play.''
The Laramie Project Ten Years On
focused on some heavy issues but there
were some lighter moments, said Wood.
It doesn't feel heavy to us. We're
having fun figuring out who all these
people are and building up their
They are so idiosyncratic and oddball,
so there's some humour in it [the play].''
Craft Beer o'clock in the capital
By EMMA BEER
The crafty guys at Yeastie
Boys have given us a box
of 12 of their specially
brewed beers to give away.
marvellously malty prize,
name your favourite
Yeastie boys beer. Enter
This competition is open
only to those aged 18 or
over. Proof of age must be
supplied before the prize is
If Wellington was a pint of beer,
what would it be? Would it taste
middle-earthy or would it be dark
Wellington advertising agency
Clemenger BBDO is launching an
initiative called Wellington in a
The initiative gives local
brewers and beer enthusiasts the
opportunity to come up with four
Wellington-esque beers, which
will be produced as limited
Four local breweries are sup-
porting the event: Yeastie Boys,
Tuatara, Garage Project and Par-
Stu McKinlay of Yeastie Boys
said the competition was going to
Each of the four breweries
would pick their favourite idea
and work with the winner to cre-
ate the brew, Mr McKinlay said.
[We will] mostly be looking for
something exciting. It lets people
The beer will be almost forced
upon us and we will have to work
with it. It's quite a nice way of
approaching a beer.''
The competition was open to
everybody, not just home brewers,
The best thing about craft beer
was the personality, Mr McKinlay
The big corporations produce
beer with a lack of personality.
The personality is driven out of it
by their minimalist approach to it.
They do everything but express
Craft beer is the total opposite.
It's about the people who make it,
the individuals involved.''
The first stage of the compe-
tition is for people to enter online
and describe Wellington in a beer.
Entries can be made at:
wellingtoninapint.org or search
for Clemenger's Wellington in a
Pint on Facebook or Twitter.
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