An intimate audience
with Melissa Fergusson
Confronting, intellectual and edgy – that is how playwright and director Melissa Fergusson describes her two latest theatre creations.
Motherlock and pURe are two theatre pieces written and directed by Miss Fergusson of the theatre company charlatan clinic.
Motherlock, an autobiographical contemporary piece, follows the journey of a woman’s four pregnancies to different British men.
The critically-acclaimed play has already shown at the Auckland, Wellington and Melbourne Fringe Festivals but has been re-cast with actress Tara O’Brien and remade for its latest showing.
Miss Fergusson says the idea for the piece came about when a friend spoke to her about her children.
‘‘It’s not about being a mother; It’s about the journey of pregnancy and the choices women make to become mothers.’’
The second theatre performance, pURe, explores the destructive effect of methamphetamine on life and relationships.
It stars award-winning screen and stage actors, Alistair Browning and Rebecca Parr.
‘‘ pURe came about because I have two teenage daughters and I’d been hearing so much about the drug in the media,’’ Miss Fergusson says. ‘‘I also have a health background and I’ve worked in alcohol and detox in the UK so I’ve had quite a strong affiliation with seeing people declining and losing hope as a result of the drug.’’
She describes both pieces as edgy and hopes they will be interactive and intellectual.
‘‘I want to address the stigma also around the ideas such as single mothers and drug use – all sorts of issues are confronted in these pieces.’’
Both of the shows include multimedia aspects with pre-recorded footage and live feeds.
Both plays will be shown from September 18 to 22 at The Williamson Private Meeting Room, 1 Williamson Ave (part of the old Ponsonby Fire Station) in Grey Lynn.
Thoughtprovoking: Playwright Melissa Fergusson will be directing two of her confronting theatre pieces in Grey Lynn next week.