Young pro­fes­sion­als em­brace com­edy

Auckland City Harbour News - - MILESTONES - HUGH COLLINS

The nine-to-five pro­fes­sional life shouldn’t be a barrier to a cre­ative out­let.

This is the mind­set of Car­bolic Pro­duc­tions, a group of young Auck­land pro­fes­sion­als who get to­gether an­nu­ally to per­form a re­vue - a stage show of skits, mu­sic and dance.

They aim to con­tinue a univer­sity tra­di­tion where var­i­ous fac­ul­ties per­form re­vues in the na­ture of com­edy and par­ody.

Car­bolic Pro­duc­tions was born in 2011 when then-lawyer Su­nil Nathu was talk­ing with a friend about how it would be cool to cre­ate a plat­form for young lawyers to have a cre­ative out­let.

‘‘It grew year-on-year and in 2014 we de­cided it’s time to maybe ex­pand and in­cor­po­rate all young pro­fes­sion­als. From there we ba­si­cally said let’s open up to every­one.’’

Each year has a theme that in­volves cur­rent events - this year it’s post-apoc­a­lyp­tic and in­cludes zom­bies and the Amer­i­can elec­tion.

Nathu, 30, says in­spi­ra­tion for the show’s ma­te­rial is drawn from day-to-day pro­fes­sional life.

‘‘It’s al­most like a bit of life’s ob­ser­va­tions through the eyes of young pro­fes­sion­als and then tak­ing a comedic an­gle on it,’’ Nathu says.

The for­mer Par­nell res­i­dent says when peo­ple be­gin work­ing lives they of­ten find the only path­way to get­ting on a stage is through a pro­fes­sional con­text, an av­enue most don’t have time for.

‘‘There’s an abun­dance of tal- ent with these young guys and girls … it’s es­sen­tially more am­a­teur based but we come to­gether and put on a great pro­fes­sional look­ing show.’’ Show direc­tor and Pon­sonby res­i­dent James McGe­orge says it’s also a place for peo­ple to net­work, even though it doesn’t have that feel. ‘‘There’s a whole bunch of peo­ple with a com- mon goal of en­joy­ing them­selves but also hav­ing a laugh and it’s some of the best sort of friend and net­work build­ing you can do, I think.’’

McGe­orge, a busi­ness strate­gist by day and for­mer lawyer, says Car­bolic’s ap­proach to hu­mour dif­fers from the re­vues at univer­sity.

‘‘You’re still hav­ing fun be­ing funny but you’re not putting on the re­ally bor­der­line sort of hu­mour that you wouldn’t want your boss to see.’’

The Re­vue: 28 Hours Laters per­forms Novem­ber 11 and 12 at SkyCity The­atre.

Su­nil Nathu and James McGe­orge of Car­bolic Pro­duc­tions.

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