Published: Fri 5 Feb 2010 03:23 PM
Urban Vineyard and YHA Present

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Vanja Draganic’s
Vanja Draganic, a performer/devisor who Die Deutsche Bühne called, “inspired
and terrifying” (Schulte 2007), makes her New Zealand directorial debut in this
exploration of the effects of power on ordinary people. The company of eight
actors spent 6 days in a community hall in the rural Waikato town of Glen
Murray working on the script under Draganic’s supervision. Half the actors
were designated as guards and worked in shifts, while the other half were
assigned the status of prisoner and agreed not to leave the Glen Murray
Memorial Hall for any reason until the six days were up. Their improvisation
over this period was recorded and edited and Fractur is the result.
As the cast struggles, and frequently fails, to come to terms with power, or the
loss of it, Fractur asks of it’s audience “would you have done better?”
Fractur is documentary theatre inspired by one of the most notorious
psychological experiments in history. The Stanford prison experiment was a
study of the psychological effects of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. The
experiment was conducted in 1971 by a team of researchers led by Psychology
Professor Philip Zimbardo at Stanford University. His methods were used by
Draganic to structure long form improvisations which then became the basis of
the show.
Urban Vineyard is:
We are an independent theatre cooperative based in Hamilton, who have toured
work through out the Waikato and frequently as far away as Wellington.
Previous works have been called “ambitious and imaginative” (Nexus 2003),
“hard, fast and quick” (The Package 2004) and “an unexpected treat” (Waikato
Times 2008). Although this is Urban Vineyards first attempt at documentary
theatre, it has in recent years made a speciality out of similarly ambitious
devised works. The pick-a-path murder mystery set in a circus, “Exit 2nd
Banana” has, since its premiere, also been taken on a successful regional tour
as well as being staged by the Napier Youth Theatre.
Hamilton - 2-6th & 9-10th Feb
New Place Theatre
Gate 8, University of Waikato
Do nothing or for more information visit
Wellington - 13-16th Feb
Bats Theatre
1 Kent Terrace

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