Theatre’s fine farce

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By EMMA DAWE

Il­licit af­fairs, dodgy schem­ing, mur­der and the odd yak at­tack all come to­gether in the Fine Thyme Theatre Com­pany’s up­com­ing play be­gin­ning later this month. Death and Taxes, writ­ten by April Phillips and di­rected by Jane Pre­ston, will be per­formed by eight of the Cromwell-based theatre com­pany’s mem­bers, with at least 18 other mem­bers work­ing be­hind the scenes. Pro­duc­tion man­ager Kerry Horsnell said the play was a far­ci­cal com­edy set in a life in­sur­ance com­pany, fea­tur­ing lots of hi­lar­ity and clever one-lin­ers. The play had also been adapted slightly to in­clude sev­eral ref­er­ences to Cromwell, which helped make it more iden­ti­fi­able for the lo­cal au­di­ence, she said. The cast, which ranged in age from 18 to mid-60s, had been re­hears­ing twice a week for the past three months and were look­ing for­ward to open­ing night. The Fine Thyme Theatre Com­pany was this year cel­e­brat­ing its 10th an­niver­sary. The group tried to per­form ei­ther a play or a mu­si­cal each year and some years it per­formed both, she said. And while the com­pany al­ways had a good re­sponse from the pub­lic to its plays, the com­mu­nity seemed to par­tic­u­larly en­joy the mu­si­cals with, on aver­age, 200 peo­ple at­tend­ing them each night.

Photo: EMMADAWE

Thes­pi­ans: Tak­ing time out from re­hearsals were the cast of the Fine Thyme Theatre Com­pany’s playDeath andTaxes. Clock­wise from bot­tom left: Leigh-Anne Fox, Kel­ley Keenan, Ray Ash­ley, Amelia Fox, Bruce McPher­son, Liz Har­ris, Carla Creighton and Glenys Warhurst.

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