Actors get their game face on
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.
Love of the game: Fasitua Amosa and Nick Foo play gamers obsessed with Halo in the play Gestalt.