Friends return to the stage
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.