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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.

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Small Dy­na­mite’s new stage show The Tragedy of Cordelia in­cor­po­rates live mu­sic, phys­i­cally bold ensem­ble work and brave, in­ti­mate sto­ry­telling.

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