Play ex­plores fam­ily dy­nam­ics

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

Thames Mu­sic and Drama’s lat­est of­fer­ing ex­plores the sto­ries that come af­ter los­ing a loved one.

‘‘It’s a dif­fi­cult busi­ness, this dy­ing.’’

So says Irene, the ma­tri­arch of the fam­ily she leaves be­hind.

She also leaves be­hind the prover­bial skele­tons, a huge pile of re­sent­ments and a last will and tes­ta­ment that causes all sorts of grief.

The Rea­son I Called is the lat­est of­fer­ing from Thames play­wright Kristina Wal­ton, who is also di­rect­ing the play.

‘‘Death isn’t some­thing I re­ally like writ­ing about, but the play re­ally is more con­cerned with the fam­ily dy­nam­ics that oc­cur af­ter the death of a loved one,’’ Wal­ton said.

‘‘The sto­ries, the shared mem­o­ries and of course the laugh­ter that of­ten soft­ens the blow of death are all ev­i­dent at Irene’s pass­ing, but so too are the skele­tons and unan­swered ques­tions.

‘‘Glenys Humphrey plays Irene and I am full of ad­mi­ra­tion for her will­ing­ness to ‘play dead’ for a few hours.’’

A small cast of thir­teen ac­tors have been re­hears­ing for six weeks to pre­pare for open­ing night on Septem­ber 23.

‘‘Elec­tion polling closes in the arts room next door at 7pm and we start at 7.30pm.

‘‘What a way to wait for any mean­ing­ful re­sults to come in? I think our cast is much more en­ter­tain­ing than po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tors,’’ Wal­ton said.

If you can’t drag your­self away from the telly on Septem­ber 23 though, the show runs un­til Septem­ber 30. Where: Tararu Cul­tural Cen­tre. When: Septem­ber 23, 24, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30pm.

Get your tickets on­line from www.thames­ adults, $15; se­niors, $12; stu­dents, $10.


Cast mem­bers re­hearse for The Rea­son I Called.

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