One of the prizes in our Winter Read Challenge for teens is three double passes to see Astroman at The Court Theatre. This show is on from 27 October to 10 November. It sounds like a ripper – the 80s, video games, and Michael Jackson moves:
It’s 1983, and young Hemi ‘Jimmy’ Te Rehua knows how to dominate the games at the Whakatāne Astrocade Amusement Parlour. Too smart for his own good, Jimmy has a knack for trouble.
In this vid, playwright Albert Belz talks about Astroman to The Court Theatre’s Artistic Director Ross Gumbley.
We asked Albert a few questions:
How would you describe your play Astroman in a couple of sentences?
A coming of age story set in the small town N.Z. 1980s where a young boy genius discovers what it really means to be brave.
Do you have any tips for teens who want to get into writing plays?
Write with humour about the things that make you most angry.
What are your fave things – games, books, comics, movies, tv etc?
- Games: I love Fallout 4 and Civilization 6
- Books: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (It’s not a bad movie either); Bulibasha by Witi Ihimaera
- Movies: Immortal Beloved (1994); The Professional (1994)
- Comics: V for Vendetta by Alan Moore; Starman by James Robinson
Kia ora Albert, and good luck to all of you entering the Winter Read Challenge.
More about Albert
- Albert Belz on the Playmarket website has detials of this career, plays, and awards.
- My Bookshelf: Albert Belz – NZHerald article with info on his favourite comics and more.