Drama played for laughs
The Ranfurly Care Society will roll out the red carpet tomorrow as it hosts the world premiere screening of Ranfurly Hospital.
The film is the work of the Ranfurly Players, a theatre company made up of intellectually impaired actors who are based at the Epsom care centre.
Based on their favourite local soap opera Shortland Street, the group of 15 actors put on their white coats to become doctors consumed in gossip.
“We do it for fun and for acting,” says actor Chris Radley.
Working in front of a camera and being involved in each step of the filmmaking process, including undertaking a first aid course, has increased the actors’ repertoire.
The Ranfurly Players formed in 2005 under the direction of Brett Ihaka, who says the six-month process was challenging due to the company’s distinct style of improvisation.
“We tell them what the scene is about and then they make it up themselves with regards to the theme of each scene,” he says.
“Needless to say the result is hilarious with some interesting storylines worthy of any Shortland Street episode.”
Ranfurly Hospital’s debut is open to the general public and will be accompanied by two other short films based on The Twilight Zone and Jaws.
The films will screen tomorrow night and on Friday, from 7pm at the Ranfurly Hall, 52-56 Ranfurly Rd, Epsom. Tickets are $5.
Information, phone 630-4108.
Movie premiere: The Ranfurly Players Theatre Company from left: Peter Mowday and Chris Radley get into character. Background, support cast from left: Andre Pascual, Stephen Cathie, Filia Solomona, Murray Nash and Janice McKenzie.