Workplace warfare relived
Name-calling and petty point-scoring – sound familiar?
During election week Auckland will host a play set in 1991 in a corporate conference room as $23 billion of New Zealand assets are flogged to the highest bidder and labour laws are rewritten.
Wild Bees has been buzzing around in Western Springs-based playwright Phil Ormsby’s head for almost 20 years.
It is based on Ormsby’s own experiences around the negotiating table in the 1980s and 1990s.
‘‘I remember talking with people at the time, saying ‘this should be a movie, people won’t believe it’,’’ he says.
‘‘I’m always amazed at how little this period in New Zealand’s history is talked about. It was such a watershed time. Rogernomics, the Employment Contracts Act, asset sales – it radically altered New Zealand’s history.’’
The play stars Grey Lynn’s Donogh Rees, cen- tral city-dweller Emma Newborn and Pt Chevalier’s Damien Avery.
Watershed time: Negotiations crumble between union representatives and company bosses in a corporate conference room in 1991 during the play Wild Bees.