Young professionals embrace comedy
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.