Hitmen line-up waiting for you
Small Dynamite Theatre Company is returning to The Meteor in Hamilton with explosive new work, The Tragedy of Cordelia.
Devised by the ensemble with direction from Small Dynamite cofounder Stephen Henderson, The Tragedy of Cordelia explores the six stages of womanhood.
A response to the seven stages of man through Shakespeare’s As You Like It, The Tragedy of Cordelia presents the six stages of woman through the title character of Cordelia. Played by six different performers, audiences follow Cordelia from infancy in the 1930s to old age in 2018.
“Audiences will get to see a human story play out in front of them,” says Henderson.
“The cast dive into their roles to create an ensemble and chorus as Cordelia does what she can to find safety, music, love, success, companionship and acceptance”.
A devised piece with input from multiple sources including the ensemble of 13, The Tragedy of Cordelia is not a traditional play. Small Dynamite has incorporated live music, physically bold ensemble work and brave, intimate storytelling into the show.
“We have used the talents of the cast to their full potential,” says Henderson, “finding creative frameworks to bring these to the forefront of the stage.”
Since its inception, Small Dynamite has been dedicated to bringing original, poignant and accessible theatre of the highest quality to the community.
Following their hugely successful show Judgement of Ecstasy (2018) and Boot in the Hamilton Fringe Festival (2017) Small Dynamite Theatre Company is overjoyed to present The Tragedy of Cordelia.
■ The show runs at The Meteor Theatre, October 16 to 20, 7pm. Tickets, $12 unwaged, $18 waged and $10 secondary students. More information and tickets can be found at www.themeteor.co.nz
Meet the line-up of local talent busy rehearsing at Clarence St Theatre for the fundraising concert that opens on October 18 to celebrate the theatre’s completion of earthquake strengthening work and gifting of the theatre to a community trust. The concert, Broadway Hitmen, is a compilation of show hits by Cole Porter and Andrew Lloyd Webber and will feature a full orchestra on stage, dancers, a choir and soloists in a two-hour musical theatre extravaganza. Ready to wow you are (from left): standing, Christian Tong, Sophie Nairn, Nathan Reilly, Shaan Kloet, Kirsty Young, Alex Pelham-waerea, Lisa Hawkins, Scot Hall, AliceCollins, Oliver Neil, Jayne Tankersley, Jason Long and Dane Moeke. Sitting, Kersten Hickman and Fiona Greaves.
Small Dynamite’s new stage show The Tragedy of Cordelia incorporates live music, physically bold ensemble work and brave, intimate storytelling.