Scouts and pies key to family show
Memories of south rekindled
Roxburgh’s Jimmy’s Pies has a starring role in a new theatre production touring the South.
Writer and performer Ryan Richards grew up in Mosgiel and is returning to his grassroots to tour his original theatre production, which is also the setting for A Boy Wonder.
He describes it as a love letter to his childhood passions: scouting and Jimmy’s Pies.
‘‘I grew up eating Jimmy’s Pies so the local hero was the obvious choice when I was writing my debut solo show. I remember when my family was on holiday in Millers Flat, we would often drive on to Roxburgh for a fresh Jimmy’s pie from the actual bakery.
‘‘I haven’t had a Jimmy’s Pies in years so I can’t wait to chomp one down when I’m on tour.’’
The play is a one-man comedy centred around two scouts’ friendship, charting their heroic journey to save everything they have sworn to protect.
It stars Richards, who plays a multitude of colourful characters, and is directed by Nic Sampson (2015 Billy T Award Nominee, Writer for TV3’s Jono and Ben) and Laura Daniel (2015 Winner Auckland Fringe Best Comedy Performance Award).
It is set in Roxburgh during the late 1990s and is about Jimmy’s Pies being under attack by the villainous Charlie Slaughter, an entrepreneurial cut-throat douche-bag who will do anything in his power to take down the little man – Jimmy (or ‘‘Scout Leader Jim’’).
It is described as a story of friendship, honour and ‘‘stupid knots’’ – all of which are crucial for the two heroes to succeed in taking down Slaughter, culminating in the final battle
Wonder which will determine whether they can save or destroy our great nation, our Queen and scouting forever.
The family-friendly show tour follows a successful Auckland season last month and is part of the 2015 Southland Festival of the Arts with 11 performances throughout Otago and Southland.
Ryan Richards is the writer and performer in the theatre productionABoy
– a play about scouting and Jimmy’s Pies. What: One-man comedy show A BoyWonder
Where: Roxburgh Town Hall
When: May 23
Tickets: Door sales
More info: aboywonder.co.nz