The Intricate Art
In 2009 The PlayGround Collective with Eli Kent created a play and performed it in his bedroom to 15 people at a time.
The Intricate Art of Actually Caring went on to win multiple awards and writer, Eli Kent, received both the 2010 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award and a 2011 Arts Foundation New Generation Award.
This semi-autobiographical work (Eli Kent & Jack Shadbolt play ‘Eli’ & ‘Jack’) tells the story of a road trip that becomes an escape, a pilgrimage and a quest. Two young men head out of town after the seemingly pointless death of a friend. They’re looking for meaning – for something to care about in a world that seems suddenly trivial. It’s a search that seems to resonate with all ages.
The play has drawn comparisons to everything from On the Road and Waiting for Godot to Goodbye Pork Pie and even Thelma and Louise. The script mixes authentic young male riffing on movies and girls with the excerpts from the greats of New Zealand poetry including James K. Baxter, Hone Tuwhare, Sam Hunt – plus original poetry from Kent himself.