Hand­bag in­spires a play

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

What would you do if you were 97 years old and felt time was run­ning out?

Splurg­ing $11,000 on a bag might not be at the top of your list, but it’s ex­actly what the lead character does in the one-woman play Glo­ria’s Hand­bag.

The spon­ta­neous pur­chase sets off a se­ries of un­usual events trans­form­ing the el­derly woman’s re­main­ing days.

The show’s writer and star He­len Moul­der has to master six char­ac­ters, aged be­tween 21 and 97, for the solo piece.

‘‘In­clud­ing two guys, so I have my work cut out switch­ing from one to the other,’’ she says.

The play deals with peo­ple’s re­la­tion­ships to ob­jects and their in­flu­ence, the age­ing process, fam­i­lies and a fu­ture where the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of things may not be so im­por­tant.

Moul­der found her­self trawl­ing through op-shops and fac­tory out­lets across the coun­try for a hand­bag for the show.

In the end a one-off bag was cre­ated by cos­tume de­signer Gil­lie Cox­ill.

She plans to keep the play in her reper­toire for sev­eral years.

‘‘With a bit of luck I may keep go­ing un­til I’m 97.’’

Photo: MICHAEL DE HAMEL

Sur­prise splurge: He­len Moul­der stars in Glo­ria’s Hand­bag.

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