Drama played for laughs

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

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.

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