Ac­tors get their game face on

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Janie Smith

It’s not ev­ery day that gam­ing en­thu­si­asts get to play with the props from their favourite game.

But that’s ex­actly what Fa­situa Amosa, Nick Foo and Damien Avery found them­selves do­ing thanks to an in­vite from Weta Work­shops.

The three star in the play Gestalt, which is on next week at The Auck­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre in West­ern Springs.

Through a se­ries of for­tu­nate events, the guys were able to play with a bunch of props made for a se­ries of short films about the X-Box game Halo for their play’s pub­lic­ity pho­to­graphs.

Since Gestalt is based around three friends train­ing for a fic­tional Halo tour­na­ment, it was a dream come true.

“It was like a lit­tle boy’s dream,” says Fa­situa.

They were able to play with ar­mour, cos­tumes, guns and even a fully func­tional ve­hi­cle from the game called the Warthog.

“They were re­ally gen­er­ous with us. Richard Tay­lor stopped to say hi. We’re re­ally for­tu­nate and grate­ful to Weta and Microsoft,” he says.

The play was orig­i­nally a story writ­ten by a friend as an as­sign­ment for his ter­tiary writ­ing stud­ies and was a 20-minute piece.

Gestalt co-pro­ducer David Van Horn liked the story so much, he and Fa­situa rewrote it and fleshed it out into a 50minute one act play.

The show was per­formed at last year’s Ar­maged­don fes­ti­val and was a such a sur­prise hit, it will be on again at this year’s event. It’s es­pe­cially timely, given that the ac­tor who does the voice of Mas­ter Chief, Halo’s main char­ac­ter, will be there.

The play also had a suc­cess­ful run at the Auck­land Fringe Fes­ti­val.

The ac­tors are all gamers and didn’t have much trou­ble re­lat­ing to their char­ac­ters.

“The guy who wrote it based it on our lives,” says Fa­situa.

In Gestalt, Nick’s char­ac­ter Liam gets a girl­friend and is torn be­tween play­ing Halo with his mates and spending time with her.

“He’s grow­ing up and de­cid­ing there are other things in life as im­por­tant to him as his friends.”

Nick says be­ing in the play is good fun.

Gestalt is on at TAPAC from Mon­day to Wed­nes­day.

To book tick­ets go to www. tapac.org.nz or phone 3605320.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Love of the game: Fa­situa Amosa and Nick Foo play gamers ob­sessed with Halo in the play Gestalt.

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