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Distraction Camp - Extended Season

Distraction Camp - Extended Season

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  • Thu 10 Dec ’09, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Fri 11 Dec ’09, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 12 Dec ’09, 8:00pm – 9:30pm


University Theatre - The Arts Centre, The Christchurch Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd, Christchurch



Ticket Information:

  • Waged: $20.00
  • Unwaged: $15.00
  • Group bookings for 6 or more: $15.00

Due to a highly successful premiere season of Distraction Camp, Free Theatre Christchurch is extending the season for three more nights.

Alan Scott of The Press says:
"Distraction Camp has at its heart a delicious contradiction whereby sensuous, bizarre, exotic and theatrical images uncover an arid, soulless world. In a universe of endless distraction, life is meaningless, mindless walking in a desert of commercial plenty… I hand it to Peter Falkenberg and his cast for crafting such a theatrical account of intellectually complex concepts. This is not easy theatre to watch and understand, but it is interesting theatre. I wish there was more like it."

Whetu Fala, Theatreview:
"This beautifully staged and professionally realized production brings to mind a quote by Nietzsche: "Then what is freedom? It is the will to be responsible to ourselves. ""

Distraction Camp takes place in a House of Illusions. Inside, live music is performed by a twin pianist and cellist as actors tango together on a small dance floor, centre of the stage. Between dances and songs, the actors move to small dressing areas at the edge of the stage, and prepare for a series of performances, given for the audience and for each other. A bishop hears the confession of a young penitent, and gives penance. A judge hears the testimony of a thief, who is consequently punished severely by an ominous masked figure. A camp commandant trains his “horse” – a young woman who must be disciplined and properly put through her paces. A woman sings soulfully in remembrance of times past. The thief sings for the camp commandant, and in reward is given the head of her torturer in a box.

Distraction Camp takes further Free Theatre’s previous work in Faust Chroma, which revolved around the exploration of acting in theatre and everyday life. It also addresses the perverse fascination with Nazi symbolism in New Zealand that has been exposed in recent controversies.

Distraction Camp sits conceptually in relation (not quite opposition) to the “concentration camp,” drawing on a range of texts, films and images to explore a provocative premise: whereas the experience of the concentration camp was one of scarcity and hunger, the current experience of late capitalism is one of obesity and obscenity, which ironically can be seen to lead to the same effect. Induced constantly to consume entertainments that revolve endlessly around distractions and commodities, audiences have become like the Muselman – as the walking dead were known by fellow prisoners in the concentration camp – resigned to a way of living without meaning, obese yet starved of real nourishment.

Don’t miss your chance to see this original and innovative work.

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