Swearing, sexual themes cause shock in CYF play

Stuff.co.nz 07/12/2009

A play performance arranged by Child, Youth and Family for foster parents and children in CYF care has caused shock after sexual themes and swear words were used. One hundred and thirty two Wellington CYF children aged between six and 17 were treated to a performance of An Adagio Christmas at the Downstage theatre at the weekend. The play’s audience saw one one character calling another by an obscenity, and another refer to losing their virginity and miming an orgasm in a slapstick-style, Radio New Zealand reported. Despite the audience for the play, Downstage Theatre said it left the adult themes in as it did not want to be condescending to children. Child Youth and Family deputy chief executive Ray Smith, who was in the audience, admitted to being shocked but defended the performance.