Don Juan to woo and wow at Q The­atre

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

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.

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