Friends re­turn to the stage

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

A COU­PLE of long-time act­ing bud­dies are re­unit­ing to bring a grip­ping new play to the Base­ment The­atre.

It’s been more than 20 years since Michael Galvin and Cameron Rhodes first met as as­pir­ing ac­tors in Welling­ton.

Both have gone on to es­tab­lish them­selves firmly in the coun­try’s per­for­mance scene, with Mr Galvin bet­ter known as Short­land Street’s Dr Chris Warner.

And whether he’s act­ing or di­rect­ing, Mr Rhodes has be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture at the Auck­land The­atre Com­pany, most re­cently ap­pear­ing in She Stoops to Con­quer, and di­rect­ing last year’s pop­u­lar Christ­mas play, The Rein­deer Mono­logues.

Tonight their com­bined years of ex­pe­ri­ence will come to­gether with the open­ing of their new play Sta­tion to Sta­tion.

But they haven’t for­got­ten their hum­ble be­gin­nings.

Mr Rhodes says his first meet­ings with Mr Galvin at the Down­stage Youth The­atre were daunt­ing.

“He was ex­tremely cool and I was from the Hutt with bad hair and re­ally dorky.

“I al­ways looked up to Michael in those days.”

But Mr Galvin says Mr Rhodes soon enough im­pressed the older kids with his ob­vi­ous act­ing tal­ent.

“He was the best ac­tor by miles. And then he gets into drama school be­fore me.”

Both at­tended the New Zealand Drama School in Welling­ton be­fore go­ing their sep­a­rate ways.

Sta­tion to Sta­tion was writ­ten by Mr Galvin and is his third ful­l­length stage work.

Far re­moved from his Dr Love char­ac­ter on primetime tele­vi­sion, he ap­pears in Sta­tion to Sta­tion as a tele­vi­sion pre­sen­terzealot, who re­turns to New Zealand from work­ing in Iraq to look af­ter his mother.

“It’s a grip­ping story re­ally,” says Mr Rhodes.

“It’s edge of the seat sort of stuff.”

Sta­tion to Sta­tion opens tonight at the Base­ment The­atre, Lower Greys Ave, and runs un­til July 11.

Tick­ets are avail­able from www. buyt­ick­ets.co.nz.

To­gether again: Old friends Michael Galvin and Cameron Rhodes join forces in Sta­tion to Sta­tion.

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