A laugh with Black­ad­der

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

A lo­cal in­flu­ence will be in play when Welling­ton Reper­tory Theatre tack­les Black­ad­der III in May.

The show, based on the third se­ries of the cel­e­brated tele­vi­sion pro­gramme that starred Rowan Atkinson, is be­ing di­rected by Porirua trouper Ross Miller and stars Tawa’s Jodie Ma­han as Mrs Mig­gins.

It is ex­pected to ap­peal to both reg­u­lar theatre­go­ers and any­one who en­joyed the tele­vi­sion show.

‘‘Our pro­duc­tion of Black­ad­der II [the early Tu­dors] in late 2010 was ex­tremely pop­u­lar,’’ says Miller. ‘‘ We en­cour­age peo­ple to book early for Black­ad­der III to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.’’

Black­ad­der III is set in the Re­gency pe­riod with Black­ad­der now but­ler to the wit­less Prince Re­gent and Baldrick raised to the po­si­tion of dogs­body and gen­eral kitchen-hand.

The four episodes adapted for stage are: Ink and In­ca­pa­bil­ity (Sa­muel John­son and the dic­tionary), Nob and No­bil­ity (the Scar­lett Pim­per­nel), Amy and Ami­a­bil­ity (the high­way­man episode) and Sense and Se­nil­ity (the ac­tors and the Scot­tish play).

The 22-strong cast and crew will have re­hearsed for over 10 weeks around their full-time jobs – rang­ing from GPS, to stu­dents, to IT man­agers – and are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing theatre-go­ers with a great night out.

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