Dark play will move audiences
A decade has passed since Todd Emerson first picked up a script for the play credited with bringing about the so-called ‘‘in-yer-face’’ theatre movement of the 1990s.
It was a script he couldn’t get out of his head but one he didn’t seem destined to bring to an Auckland stage – until now.
Philip Ridley’s The Pitchfork Disney is showing at Q theatre’s Loft in a performance which promises to be far removed from the usual run-of-the-mill theatre experience.
Any resemblance to fluffy, feelgood Disney tales is confined to its title.
The British playwright’s controversial work follows the haunting story of twins who survive on nothing but chocolate, barbiturates and nightmarish stories after the unexplained disappearance of their parents 10 years earlier.
Mr Emerson says it is a dystopian fairy-tale combining shocking images with dark comedy which is guaranteed to leave audiences with more than a few questions.
‘‘There are going to be some really big conversations happening in the car on the way home for audiences.
‘‘It’s a modern classic. It’s dark but it’s beautiful.’’
The Grey Lynn actor was just 18 when he first came across the script.
Mr Emerson is now starring in the production alongside Michelle Blundell, Leon Wadham and Sam Snedden. He has finally put it on stage with the help of Grey Lynn director Sophie Roberts and theatre designer Daniel Williams.
Mr Williams has been set the task of transforming the Loft into the bizarre world of the lead characters.
From the moment audiences arrive they will find it’s a theatre experience like no other, Ms Roberts says. ‘‘People won’t have seen anything like it on stage or in the way we’re using the building.
‘‘I find it really funny but it is incredibly violent and moving,’’ she says. The play is showing until June 29.
Dark fairy-tale: A team of Grey Lynn creatives, from left: Daniel Williams, Sophie Roberts and Todd Emerson are bringing the macabre tale The Pitchfork Disney to Q theatre.