Re­vis­it­ing high school


Paul McLaugh­lin ex­pects Kings of the Gym au­di­ences to be rolling in the aisles be­fore an ac­tor ut­ters a word.

Writer Dave Arm­strong and di­rec­tor Danny Mul­heron, the team be­hind The Mo­tor Camp, have cre­ated an­other as­sem­bly of characters, with traits in­stantly recog­nis­able to any­one who wasn’t home­schooled.

McLaugh­lin plays dis­si­pated PE teacher Lau­rie, Ginette McDon­ald plays by-the-rules prin­ci­pal Viv and new­comer Acushla- Tara Sut­ton plays bright- eyed, bushy- tailed stu­dent-teacher An­nie.

‘‘They are not car­toons but you will recog­nise them from your time at high school,’’ McLaugh­lin said.

Lau­rie spends his days in the gym, watch­ing tele­vi­sion, gam­bling and hang­ing out with the kids and An­nie presents a cul­ture shock for him.

‘‘I’ve just grad­u­ated from teach­ing col­lege, a stu­dent on sec­ond­ment who wants to do things in all the PC ways she has just learned,’’ Sut­ton said.

A fun­da­men­tal­ist Chris­tian, her views are very much at odds with Lau­rie’s, and she is also on the brink of se­lec­tion for the Sil­ver Ferns. Prin­ci­pal Viv knows the rules. ‘‘ Viv plays the game well. She knows what’s re­quired of her by the board of trustees, by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and by the teach­ers’ train­ing col­lege,’’ McLaugh­lin said. ‘‘ She uses all the big words and all the new ter­mi­nol­ogy, but you can see she doesn’t quite be­lieve it.’’

Kings of the Gym is run­ning at Circa The­atre un­til Fe­bru­ary 16. For more in­for­ma­tion or to book call 801 7992 or visit

Sergeant Christ: It’s cramped but Jody Mor­timer is mak­ing mu­sic from the spare room of his Siev­ers Grove home in Porirua.

Roy­alty: Acushla-Tara Sut­ton and Paul McLaugh­lin in re­hearsal.

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