Life’s in­fi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties at Circa

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Op­po­sites at­tract, they say, and the ro­mance of Mar­i­anne and Roland is be­tween po­lar ex­tremes.

Physi­cist Mar­i­anne would see the cou­ple in terms of quan­tum me­chan­ics; ap­par­ently para­dox­i­cal paired par­ti­cles that can only make sense when they are viewed to­gether as parts of a whole, whereas bee­keeper Roland sees things from a nat­u­ral point of view.

In Con­stel­la­tions, Bri­tish writer Nick Payne has ex­plored their grow­ing ro­mance the way a quan­tum physi­cist would view a par­ti­cle sys­tem; ev­ery sit­u­a­tion holds in­fi­nite fu­ture pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Slid­ing Doors did, and Run, Lola, Run pre­sented mul­ti­ple pos­si­ble out­comes, where be­ing in the right place a sec­ond ear­lier or later dra­mat­i­cally al­tered life’s fu­ture course.

Con­stel­la­tions does the same thing from a more sci­en­tific view­point.

Rachel Le­nart, who is to di­rect the Circa Theatre pro­duc­tion, de­scribed it as ex­is­ten­tial­ism for the 21st cen­tury, though it is re­ally a love story and those with no science back­ground won’t miss any­thing.

‘‘Es­sen­tially it fol­lows all the the mile­stone points of a re­la­tion­ship and life,’’ she said.

Erin Banks, for­merly of Master­ton, will play Mar­i­anne.

She de­scribes the play as a spec­u­la­tive game that friends might play to­gether – ‘‘What if I had not gone to that party and not met you?’’.

Con­stel­la­tions

was a beau­ti­ful and funny play that also left au­di­ences with some­thing to think about, she said.

‘‘It’s one of those shows that has a huge im­pact on you and it stays with you for days.’’

Richard Dey, from Tawa, plays Roland the bee­keeper.

Con­stel­la­tions and the ro­mance be­come a metaphor for the world and a con­trast be­tween searches for an­swers, he said.

Mar­i­anne the sci­en­tist looks to the stars for an­swers, ‘‘ whereas the bee just gets on with what it has to do, and then it dies’’.

Con­stel­la­tions runs un­til Au­gust 23. More:circa.co.nz.

Photo: JIM CHIPP

En­tan­gle­ment: Richard Dey and Erin Banks will ap­pear in Con­stel­la­tions at Circa Theatre.

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