Ac­tor re­turns to stage

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - HUGH COLLINS

Jarod Rawiri is re­turn­ing to his in­ner clown.

The Short­land Street ac­tor who plays char­ac­ter Mo Han­nah is re­turn­ing to the White Face Crew theatre group for a per­for­mance of their orig­i­nal play La Vie Dans Une Mar­i­onette.

Formed in 2006 the White Face Crew con­sists of Rawiri, Tama Jar­man and Justin Haiu.

The trio per­form an idio­syn­cratic brand of phys­i­cal theatre with in­flu­ences from clown­ing, hip-hop and con­tem­po­rary dance.

Rawiri says the three con­nected cre­atively over their shared sense of quirky hu­mour.

‘‘When­ever we get to­gether we’re al­ways try­ing to make each other laugh, so we de­cided that maybe peo­ple would be in­ter­ested in see­ing us do our silly phys­i­cal com­edy.’’

The fa­ther-of-four says La Vie is a show that harks back to the era of black-and-white Char­lie Chap­lin and Buster Keaton si­lent movies. ‘‘It’s an ode to those kind of times and that art from.’’

De­spite play­ing a se­ri­ous role on Short­land Street, Rawiri says he’s had an in­ter­est in com­edy and mime since his days at drama school.

‘‘Move­ment has al­ways been a huge part of the way that I like to work in terms of theatre and also film and tele­vi­sion.’’

The Morn­ing­side res­i­dent has al­ways made him­self avail­able to all types of genre.

‘‘I guess it’s lit­tle known that I’ve al­ways had this in­ter­est in phys­i­cal and im­pro­vised theatre.

‘‘The cast and crew here [at Short­land Street], when­ever I tell them I’m do­ing this clown show they give me a side­ways look a lit­tle bit….there’s a few clowns walk­ing around Short­land Street in the cast al­ready.’’

But he says the show is re­ally not as far-fetched as peo­ple think.

‘‘Hope­fully the fans kind of go ‘hey!’.’’

The 36-year-old first pur­sued per­form­ing arts in 2002 and has ap­peared in The Almighty John­sons and Taika Waititi’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed 2010 film Boy.

‘‘Taika is a vi­sion­ary, he keeps mak­ing th­ese great films. Hope­fully we can work to­gether again…..hope­fully he’s got some­thing up his sleeve for me. Maybe a Maori clown film.’’

La Vie Dans Une Mar­i­onette per­forms at The Base­ment Theatre from June 21 to 25 and is part of the venue’s in­au­gu­ral Matariki Sea­son. Visit base­mentthe­atre.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

‘‘ When­ever we get to­gether we’re al­ways try­ing to make each other laugh, so we de­cided that maybe peo­ple would be in­ter­ested in see­ing us do our silly phys­i­cal com­edy.’’

Jarod Rawiri

Rawiri in White Face Crew’s 2015 per­for­mance of Dou­ble Dere­licts.

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