Students treated to world cup send-up
Firth Primary School and visiting school Te Poi Primary School were treated to a travelling comedy show last week called The Great Rugby Robbery, which WAs a parody of the Rugby World Cup.
‘‘The show is a great way to get kids involved with the Rugby World Cup,’’ said Aimee Pollard, one of the show’s performers.
The plot finds the audience transported to see the Webb Ellis Cup, which has been stolen by the French in an evil plot to destroy the Rugby World Cup.
All Black captain Richie Mc Apple Core promises to get the cup back in the hands of New Zealand.
Riana – a young rugby hopeful drives a school bus on to the rugby field and joins the game, scoring the winning try against France. The show was written by Greg Cooper for New Zealand Playhouse in Christchurch and runs from April until October this year.
‘‘By the end we would have covered 250 schools from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island,’’ said Lavinia Uhila, another performer.
Two of the performers, Shayne Forrest and Aimee Pollard have both lived in Matamata.
Mr Forrest worked at Shires Rest hosting Hobbiton tours and Ms Pollard worked as a television presenter for Matamata’s TV Central.