The Court Theatre’s new play Niu Sila offers a couple of dynamic theatrical team-ups; firstly between New Zealand playwrights Dave Armstrong and Oscar Kightley, and then between actors Greg Cooper and Semu Filipo, who take the task of bringing their creation to life entirely upon their shoulders. The play focuses on the friendship of two ordinary New Zealand kids growing up in the 80s – Samoan Ioane and Pakhea/Palagi Peter, and the ways in which 1) the differences in their family cultures affect their ongoing relationship; and 2) the differences in their family cultures don’t actually matter a damn.
With the story tracing Peter and Ioane’s lives from a shared first day at school to middle age, the two actors must not only convincingly play their characters at different ages, but also take on all the other roles of the people in Peter and Ioane’s lives – parents, schoolmates, relations,...
There’s a touch of Groundhog Day to be found in the messy affairs of the heart in Ache, The Forge at The Court’s brilliant and ballsy new will they/won’t they rom-com with an edge.
We’ve all been there – instantly smitten, thinking we’ve met the one – only to have bad timing and circumstance throw a spanner in the works like a tortured Alanis Morissette track.
Boy, Jono (TV’s Step Dave) Kenyon, meets girl (Amy Straker) while nicking off for a cheeky puff at a roof top balcony during one of those endless strings of weddings you end up attending when you reach a certain age – the sparks fly, but he’s got a girlfriend, and she’s nursing itchy feet having recently returned from London.
But what would happen if you met up with that person a second, third or fourth time?
Pip Hall’s razor-sharp writing beautifully captures the push-pull of...