Bringing out the animal within
A couple struggle to adjust to life after a child, fathered by one of them in a previous relationship, is thrust upon them.
It may sound like many other plays you have seen before, except this same-sex couple is comprised of a shark and a zebra and the roles are played by two female actors.
Zooquatic is the latest offering from Ponsonby acting and writing duo Chelsea McEwan Millar and Elizabeth McMenamin.
The 10-minute play is showing as part of the fourth Short+Sweet Theatre Festival on June 18.
Short+Sweet is a festival of bite-sized productions lasting 10 minutes.
Ms McEwan Millar says Zooquatic was born out of the realisation they didn’t have to restrict themselves to just playing 25-year-old women.
‘‘It just kind of happened and it’s really, really fun.
‘‘It’s a cool way to be able to experiment with the kind of ridiculous side of us.’’
The short performance follows Larry the shark, Lorenzo the zebra and Lorenzo’s son, who is half zebra, half giraffe, on the eve of the Marriage Equality Bill being passed in Parliament.
Ms McMenamin says it’s like nothing they have ever done before.
‘‘It was our first attempt at delving into the absurd,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s kind of tackling serious issues in a ridiculous way – it will only work if it’s fun.’’
The two will use the performance to gauge whether they can adapt the play into a feature-length production.
The festival’s audience and a panel of judges will vote to send the best plays to a final, where they are performed one last time.
Short+Sweet Theatre opens on June 18 and runs until June 29. The gala final will be held on June 30.
Wild act: Ponsonby actors Chelsea McEwan Millar and Elizabeth McMenamin are starring in the 10-minute play Zooquatic they wrote for the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival.