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That Face

Posted in Theatre with tags , , , on 21/03/2010 by ThreeDice

Last night I decided to introduce my girlfriend to the theatre so I took her to see the vivid and emotional That Face. I’ll have to confess, I didn’t know a great deal about the play until after I’d already booked the tickets. It was an impulse buy based on the fact that Jenifer Ward-Leyland ( who I saw two weeks ago in Le Sud) was co-starring with Rose McIver  (of The Lovely Bones). It also had a surprise appearance from Andrew Grainger, and I had a little chuckle when he came on stage because he was in both Le Sud and The Lovely Bones. The remaining two actors were new faces to me. Dan Weekes a bit of light research on Wikipedia suggests this is his first appearance since graduating from Toi Whaakari last year. Not that it shows, his accent was a little scratchy, but his performance was just as gripping and captivating as those of his fellow actors.  Chelsie Preston Crayford plays Mia. Again she’s a relative newcomer (apparently she had a bit part in Ruben Guthrie last year but I never saw that). Like Weekes, she is able to keep up with her more seasoned colleagues. I take my hat off to both of them for being launched into the hard-and-fast world of live theatre through such challenging roles (though, I must confess, as much as I enjoyed the acting the UK accents were all over the place and at times had a suspiciously distinctive kiwi twang about them).

The play was written by a girl called Polly Stenham. I say girl, because she was 19 years old when she wrote it. While she claims that it is not autobiographical, she did go to an English boarding school, so it doesnt seem like she would have had a shortage of material from which to work.
Catch it quick before it closes on April 10th.

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Le Sud

Posted in Theatre on 03/03/2010 by ThreeDice

Last night I went and the Auckland Theatre Company’s Le Sud up at the Maidment. It’s a play with a genius premise: in 1838 the French colonised the South Island while the British colonised the North. Years later disaster ensues when the sophisticated, wealthy South Zealanders raise the price of electricity supplied to the North. What follows is the play, set on the shores of French Wanaka in an opulent meeting room to negotiate on the price. The Northern PM has brought with him his MMP coalition partners (one from the right wing Federation of United Consumers and Taxpayers, or FUCT party, and the gorgeous Miriama McDowell, from the Maori Party). They meet the dashingly repulsive, womanising prime minister Francois Duvauchelle and his sparkling deputy Dominique (Jennifer Ward-Lealand) as well as the self-interested Minister for Maori Affairs (George Henare). Amongst the pointed political barbs are scenes of seduction, double crossings, and an ending that ties together all too easily. Though, that is the point.

Magnifique!