Sad story of mall has comic twist

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MERE­ANA AUSTIN

Former Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent and play­wright Thomas Sainsbury has writ­ten a play that will be per­formed by cur­rent stu­dents next week.

The Mall cen­tres around the story of Dean, a clin­i­cally de­pressed char­ac­ter who has worked in the mall’s cinema com­plex for eight years.

With Dean’s min­i­mum-wage pay, his in­nercity cost of liv­ing and his con­de­scend­ing su­pe­rior at work, Dean is the con­sum­mate vic­tim of his job but too ap­a­thetic to look for any­thing bet­ter.

Dean’s story is the ve­hi­cle that al­lows the au­di­ence to en­counter many other kinds of char­ac­ters who have only one thing in com­mon; they all spend their days work­ing, flirt­ing or just spend­ing time at the mall.

The play is bleak, un­com­pro­mis­ing and harsh while at the same time ri­otously funny.

Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents in­volved with the play are ex­cited that they are per­form­ing a play writ­ten by some­one from the com­mu­nity.

‘‘I think it’s a good idea and it’s fun for us to know it’s a former stu­dent’s work that we are per­form­ing,’’ said Mathew Hock­ing, who plays Dean.

Other char­ac­ters in­clude Bing and Mr Ma­pa­pa­longi played by Ge­or­gia Drys­dale-Dunn, Deena by Lauren Mack­in­tosh, Cass by Lucy Kra­nen­burg and Yvonne played by Emma Jobe.

‘‘It’s ex­cit­ing that we are show­cas­ing the tal­ent that was pre­vi­ously at Mata­mata Col­lege. It shows the pos­si­bil­i­ties for stu­dents who are will­ing to work hard,’’ said Ge­or­gia, and Emma agreed. ‘‘I think it is great we can show off tal­ent of a former Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent,’’ said Emma.

Mata­mata Col­lege drama teacher Natalie Wright is en­joy­ing di­rect­ing the play. ‘‘I don’t think a fairer rep­re­sen­ta­tion of real life has been es­tab­lished in the the­atre yet,’’ she said.

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