Sad story of mall has comic twist
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.