Scouts and pies key to fam­ily show

Mem­o­ries of south rekin­dled

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

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

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