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NZ Premiere of Vernon God Little, the controversial Booker Prize winning novel by DBC Pierre

21 Jan 2010

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“See what happens now I’m in trouble. See the awesome power of Trouble. Trouble rocks.”

Youth cast tackle controversial Booker Prize winning novel.

Martirio, a flea-bitten Texan town. Vernon's best friend, Jesus, has just massacred sixteen of their classmates before killing himself. With the murderer dead, there's no one to blame for the tragedy. The town, hungry for a scapegoat, turns its sights on Vernon.

Every one wants a piece of the action and the bumbling cops and television reporters are out to exploit the killings. With his world crumbling before him, Vernon flees but the police and tv crews are in hot pursuit.

The controversial winner of the Booker Prize in 2003, Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre is a biting satire of the America we love to hate: the media, the judicial system, obsession with food, religion and adolescent angst.

Downstage is proud to continue its commitment to encouraging and showcasing our next generation of artists. Overseas productions of Vernon God Little have been performed by adults for young people, this youth focused production gives the voice back to the generation it represents.

About Long Cloud Youth Theatre
Long Cloud Youth Theatre is a unique training and production company for young actors aged 16-21 years. With recent productions Spring Awakening, The Crucible and Titus Andronicus, Long Cloud has been celebrated as a hothouse for New Zealand's most exciting young theatre talent. Vernon God Little is Long Cloud Youth Theatre’s Summer School 2010 project, partnering students with Long Cloud’s core actors for six weeks.

Vernon God Little
Dates: 4-13 FEB
Times: 6:30pm Tue-Wed and 8pm Thu-Sat.
Prices: $20 to $25. Meet the Artists: Tue 8 FEB
Matinee: Sat 13 FEB @ 3pm

Directed by Sophie Roberts and Willem Wassenaar. Designed by Glenn Ashworth and Andrew Foster.

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (04) 801 6946 or in person at Downstage’s box office.

For up-to-date information visit www.downstage.co.nz . Downstage is proudly sponsored by BNZ.