Michelle stages a role re­ver­sal

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Power Ranger’s star Michelle Lang­stone is leav­ing be­hind su­per­hero ac­tion for some­thing a lit­tle more grown-up.

The 29-year-old Pon­sonby res­i­dent is well known for her roles on Power Rangers and McLeod’s Daugh­ters. Now she plays the cen­tre of a love tri­an­gle in the Harold Pin­ter story Be­trayal, start­ing at the Her­ald Theatre tonight.

She stars along­side Oliver Driver and Colin Moy.

Michelle takes on the role of Emma, a wife whose il­licit af­fair de­stroys her mar­riage and sab­o­tages a friend­ship.

“It’s a re­ally grown-up play for me in a lot of ways,” she says.

In an un­usual twist, Be­trayal is told in re­verse chrono­log­i­cal or­der, start­ing at the end of the af­fair and track­ing back to the for­bid­den first kiss.

“It’s quite com­pli­cated, but in a re­ally com­pelling and en­gag­ing way,” she says.

Michelle says work­ing with the script by Pin­ter, win­ner of the No­bel prize for lit­er­a­ture, has been re­ward­ing.

“It’s an amaz­ing, time­less, beau­ti­ful play and it’s a story any­one can re­late to.”

She says the play has also been a “won­der­ful shift” and quite a change for her af­ter her most re­cent ap­pear­ance on the ac­tion­series Power Rangers.

Michelle de­scribes her time on the se­ries as imag­i­na­tive, crazy, and “so much fun”, but says it is nice to swap screen act­ing for the stage, some­thing she tries to do once a year.

She plans to head to Aus­tralia at the end of this year and see where the work takes her.

“New Zealand will al­ways be my home and I re­ally love it but I also like the chal­lenge of set­ting my­self adrift.”

Be­trayal runs at the Her­ald Theatre un­til July 19.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

All grown up: Michelle Lang­stone’s latest play Be­trayal is a story of love and de­ceit, told in re­verse.

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