The Rangatahi Performance Workshops are a collaboration between Head High actors Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana and Te Ao o Hinepehinga Rauna, who aim to inspire and support the next
The Rangatahi Performance Workshops are a collaboration between Head High actors Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana and Te Ao o Hinepehinga Rauna, who aim to inspire and support the next generation of Tairāwhiti actors.
In the workshops, rangatahi will learn the nuts and bolts of performance. Students will learn high-level concepts, like how to break down a script and character creation, to the down and dirty work of learning lines and acting for screen and theatre.
When Luiten-Apirana came to Gisborne to cast her show, Lip Sync, Kanikani, Twerk Off, she was immediately excited about the talent pool.
“When I came to do auditions for my show I found these incredible rangatahi who had no training. I was blown away. They had never read a script before and they came alive. So I thought we needed to create something accessible to bring the arts to the Coast,” Luiten-Apirana said.
The pair saw potential in the Coast but both felt like there was not enough support to foster a potential career.
“It was something that we had to find ourselves,” Hinepehinga Rauna said.
“We both found we have this passion for training rangatahi in Tairāwhiti because we realised that there isn’t enough support to grow artists, despite the fact there are so many artists that come from the East Coast.”
Starting with the acting programme this January, they want to change that.
“We want to get these kids involved, give them the opportunity to see what it is to be a creative, from writers to directors. And we want to offer that for free because we know it’s not accessible to all of our whanau,” Hinepehinga Rauna said.
The pair thanked Creative New Zealand, Tūranga Ararau, Tūranga Health, Te Runanga o Tūranganui a Kiwa, Tolaga Bay Area School, Barnardos and others for funding and supporting the programme, which even covers lunch and transportation costs if necessary.
Hinepehinga Rauna said they don’t care about students’ backgrounds, they just want people with a passion for performance.
“There’s a bit of a whakama (shyness) around trying something new so we want to encourage people to try it out. It’s going to be a lot of fun,’ Luiten-Apirana said.
“We want to help foster and support our rangatahi and help them on the path to getting the connections they need to make it into a career.”
At the same time, they want to give young people a good time to do something different, even if they don’t want to be an actor.
“We are after anyone who fits into the age range, who is creative. You don’t have to want to be an actress, you might just love drama and want to give something a go,” Hinepehinga Rauna said.
The first programme will be held in Tolaga Bay so folks from further up the Coast can attend, and the second will be in Gisborne. It will run from Monday to Friday from 9am till 4pm.
“We want to give our rangatahi something fun and light so they can give something new a try and maybe give the parents a bit of a break.”
For more information or to sign up, anyone between 14-19, please fill the form online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeng6ZyvXiOzFXttSsxRuF-K9YGppIGLyW4zrtHUmFKkUZ0gg/viewform
The Tolaga Bay workshop is from January 3 to 14 and Gisborne from January 17 to 28.
3 (Monday) 9:00 am - 14 (Friday) 4:00 pm
Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana and Te Ao o Hinepehinga Rauna