A dark side to Christ­mas

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

A young Auck­land ac­tress is tak­ing her ou­tra­geous ex­ploits to a dif­fer­ent level this Christ­mas.

An­to­nia Preb­ble, who plays youngest daugh­ter Loretta on tele­vi­sion’s Ou­tra­geous For­tune, will take to the stage in The Eight: Rein­deer Mono­logues at the Base­ment The­atre.

The Rein­deer Mono­logues is the story of scan­dal in the North Pole as eight of Santa’s rein­deer dis­cover their mas­ter has been up to unChrist­masy be­hav­iour with Ru­dolph.

An­to­nia says the play is funny, but dark.

“It’s not your typ­i­cal Christ­mas story.”

She plays rein­deer Dancer, an ex-bal­let in­struc­tor who has had a change of life cir­cum­stances.

The re­turn to the stage will be a change af­ter full­time screen act­ing af­ter five sea­sons of Ou­tra­geous For­tune.

“I’m re­ally ner­vous be­cause I haven’t done the­atre in a long time,” she says.

“But it’s good to do some­thing that ter­ri­fies you.”

The play is also tak­ing an un­con­ven­tional ap­proach with its cast.

Forty ac­tors will al­ter­nate over the 14 per­for­mances, mean­ing audiences will never know which cast of eight they’re go­ing to get on the night.

An­to­nia says it will be a sur­prise ev­ery night.

“It’s like an early Christ­mas present.”

The 24-year-old Eden Ter­race res­i­dent will be tak­ing a well-earned Christ­mas break when the show fin­ishes on De­cem­ber 19, spending a few weeks in her home town Welling­ton.

Rein­deer Mono­logues di­rec­tor Cameron Rhodes says co­or­di­nat­ing 40 ac­tors in the cast has been a huge job but is a novel way to present a play.

There will be a mix­ture of well-known ac­tors and new­com­ers on each night, and he hopes peo­ple will come more than once over the two week sea­son to see how the dif­fer­ent ac­tors in­ter­pret the same role.

Char­ac­ters like sleazy Santa, an al­co­holic Mrs Claus and a drag queen rein­deer will have the au­di­ence laugh­ing and cring­ing at the same time, he says.

But it’s def­i­nitely a play for adults. “It’s dark and satir­i­cal. “It’s an an­ti­dote to the com­mer­cial­ism of Christ­mas.”

The Eight: Rein­deer Mono­logues is on now and runs un­til De­cem­ber 19 at the Base­ment The­atre.

Tick­ets are $30, avail­able from www.iticket.co.nz.

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