Stage­craft feels the love

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS - By TALIA CARLISLE

It’s all about love in Stage­craft’s pro­duc­tion of Pride and Prej­u­dice at Gryphon Theatre this month.

In a new adap­tion by co-di­rec­tor Joy Hel­lyer and Amy Whiterod, the play in­cludes 95 per cent of the orig­i­nal text, with an added pic­nic, a fenc­ing scene and a few other sur­prises, codi­rec­tor Paul Kay says.

‘‘ We have a speed­dat­ing evening idea that we’re do­ing in re­gency style,’’ he says.

‘‘We’ve added a cou­ple of ex­tra tweaks that peo­ple may not have seen in the ac­tual novel but we’ve kept the dia­logue.’’

The play em­pha­sises the re­la­tion­ships in Pride and Prej­u­dice, not only Lizzie and Mr Darcy but Jane and Mr Bin­g­ley, and the naugh­tier tale of Ly­dia and Mr Wick­ham.

It in­cludes a pop-up set which ex­pands dur­ing the play, and pe­riod cos­tumes de­signed by Sue Miller of Mana.

One of the high­lights is a ball­room scene chore­ographed by Mel Hea­phy.

Di­rec­tors Kay and Hel­lyer have pre­vi­ously di­rected shows in­clud­ing Jane Eyre, En­ron, A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream and The Three Mus­ke­teers, but pre­fer 19th cen­tury pro­duc­tions, Kay says.

Pride and Prej­u­dice is at Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street un­til July 13.

Book at iticket.co.nz.

Up­per class: Jayne-Grace Ra­m­age plays El­iz­a­beth Bennet and Daniel Wat­ter­son Mr Darcy.

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