Moves to bring show to town

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Taihape - ALIS­TER BROWNE

Tai­hape’s cul­tural life could be in for a pol­ish in early De­cem­ber if a play about the town comes to town.

Moves are afoot to put The Bright Lights of Tai­hape on in the 138-seat Ma­jes­tic The­atre in Tui Street if dis­cus­sions between play­wright and per­former Loren Ma­son and the the­atre bear fruit.

She per­formed it in front of a sell-out au­di­ence over three nights at The Dark Room in Palmer­ston North be­fore tak­ing it to her home-town of New Ply­mouth.

The 50-minute play is a thriller-com­edy based on Tai­hape’s fa­mous Gum­boot Day in which just be­fore the great day dawns all the town’s gum­boots are ap­par­ently stolen.

A fran­tic search is launched by the au­thor­i­ties to try to en­sure Gum­boot Day isn’t sab­o­taged, but the sus­pects mul­ti­ply.

Ma­son, 28, plays eight char­ac­ters dur­ing the course of events.

Ma­son said she hoped to take the play to the Auck­land fringe fes­ti­val next year, as she did with her last ef­fort, Tick­ing Time Bomb, which was based around the watch shop her fa­ther had owned in Palmer­ston North.

Bright Lights would be a fundraiser for the Ma­jes­tic, which in Novem­ber cel­e­brates its cen­te­nary.

Man­ager Si­mone Simp­son said putting on the play at the the­atre was an ‘‘ex­cit­ing’’ idea and she hoped a mu­tu­ally agree­able date could be fi­nalised soon so they could be­gin plan­ning for it around their movie sched­ule.

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Ac­tor Loren Ma­son gives it a heave for her solo show The Bright Lights of Tai­hape.

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