Solo play comes to Matamata’s Little Theatre
Matamata’s Little Theatre is hosting once again one of the solo plays by well known New Zealand actor Helen Moulder.
‘‘This is about my fourth visit to Matamata, but the first with Gloria’s Handbag,’’ Helen says.
‘‘I love the Little Theatre here. It’s so intimate and quite perfect for this play.’’
Helen has just returned from seven weeks in New South Wales and Queensland doing 28 shows, mainly in libraries.
‘‘I hired a car, asked a friend to go with me and off we went,’’ Helen says, ‘‘down as far as Nowra and Ulladulla, south of Sydney, west to Parkes and north to Lismore. Quite a trip.’’ She also performed in and around Brisbane.
‘‘Australian libraries organise a lot of events,’’ she says.
‘‘In many small towns, they are becoming wonderful community centres and are very welcoming to one person plays.’’
Gloria’s Handbag is a play about a 97-year-old woman who buys an expensive new handbag, not long before she dies.
‘‘It’s really about consumerism and the stuff we accumulate throughout our lives,’’ Helen says.
‘‘But it also deals with family issues and finding the magic in our lives.’’ The play is set slightly in the future in 2021.
‘‘This was because we wanted to play around with language, the political situation and technology. I think people will find all of that rather fun.’’
Gloria’s Handbag will be at the Matamata Little Theatre on Friday, October 30 at 7.30pm. Tickets are $25 and $20 (concession) and $15 (ages 12-25). They are available from The Storyteller on Arawa St. Door sales will also be available.
‘‘‘It’s really about consumerism and the stuff we accumulate throughout our lives’’
Actor Helen Moulder is bringing her play Gloria’s Handbag to Matamata’s Little Theatre.