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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,...
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The dramatic presentation of a fascinating true-life story comes to Christchurch during the New Zealand Icefest with a short season of the award-winning play HeLa. The play is based on the life of Henrietta Lacks – a woman who walked into the coloured section of a hospital in Baltimore in 1951, complaining of a pain in her abdomen. When Henrietta’s doctor took a sample of her cells during his examination, she unknowingly became a part of some of the most important scientific discoveries of the past 100 years. HeLa is an all-consuming story, intertwining genetic identity, social responsibility and current ethical debates about human tissue research and ownership. This solo show by Adura Onashile takes as its inspiration the true life story of Henrietta Lacks and the extraordinary life of the HeLa cell line, which continues to be used in medical research today. HeLa comes to New Zealand following a successful presentation...
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By the end of 2010, The Forge at The Court Theatre had established itself as the place to catch cutting-edge contemporary theatre from New Zealand and around the world. Edgy and challenging, the productions staged here attracted brand-new audiences who were keen to embark on theatrical adventure – and sometimes find themselves confronted in the process. All that changed in February 2011, of course, and when the doors of The Court Theatre were closed, The Forge went into hiatus. By 10 December 2011, The Court Theatre had reopened in industrial-chic new premises – The Shed – in Bernard Street, Addington, but fans of The Forge have had to wait a little longer. Now the wait is almost over. On Saturday 9 March The Forge fires back into life with Groundswell: Stories from the Quake. This collection of extraordinary true stories about the February earthquake and its aftermath was collected from ordinary...
Michelle Berridge News & Reviews
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It's August. The sweltering heat of late summer in Oklahoma and one family sweating it out in a house lacking air-conditioning and pressure-cooker tense. This is not the US of A's 'mid-West', mind, but the 'Plains' – a state of mind or an affliction as much as a geographical location. In one momentous month, a series of events are kicked off by Beverly Weston (John Bach), the patriarch of this particular all-American middle-class clan. The generations gather and sweat and attempt to make good, but in this heat pretensions melt away and dark truths are revealed. Meet Violet Weston (Yvonne Martin), the pill-popping matriarch who may be as high as a kite or may have a better handle on reality than any of those around her. Meet her sister, the irrepressible Mattie Fae (Jude Gibson), her laid-back husband Charlie (Bruce Phillips) and their much put-upon Peter Pan son, Little Charles (Martyn...