Don Juan to woo and wow at Q Theatre
Don Juan wants you to feel like the sexiest person in the room.
The legendary fictional figure is appearing in a play performed at the Q Theatre by production group A Slightly Isolated Dog.
The performance is a retelling of the Don Juan character who has appeared in many European cultural works as a womaniser.
‘‘We take bits from here and there and we kind of tell the story in our own way in sort of a modern but mythical setting,’’ actor and Point Chevalier resident Jack Buchanan says.
‘‘We look at him as the guy who can do whatever he wants and not worry about the effect it has on other people or on him.’’
Actor and Herne Bay resident Comfrey Sanders says Juan is the guy at the party who has all the great stories and can charm everybody.
‘‘A lot of the material is from our own experiences of what it’s like to be in relationships with people .. he doesn’t have any sense of obligation or anything that holds him down.
‘‘The idea of him is so cool … the reality of it is another thing.’’
Directed by Leo Gene Peters, the show doesn’t follow any particular version of the character in literature and is an ensemble show with all the actors (and audience), taking turns at playing Don Juan.
‘‘The characterisation is quite fluid and we sort of pass characters from person to person,’’ Buchanan says.
When devising the play the actors would think about ideas such as what Don Juan would be doing if they saw him at a party.
‘‘In his eyes he’s not abusing or he’s not being nasty or malicious, he’s just living boldly and living passionately and living a way most of us would want to live or only dream of living,’’ actor and Mt Albert resident Tim Carlsen says. ’’I suppose it’s his nature of just doing things without think- ing about consequences, that’s when we start to see him as someone who might be nasty ... so it’s more of us putting our own judgement on it.’’
Carlsen says while people will go into the show feeling unsure about what to expect, they’ll come out feeling confident sexy and alive.
Don Juan is presented as part of MATCHBOX, the Q Theatre’s creative development programme.
It performs from October 27 to November 12.
Visit qtheatre.co.nz for tickets and more information.