Solo play comes to Mata­mata’s Lit­tle Theatre

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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’’

He­len Moul­der

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Ac­tor He­len Moul­der is bring­ing her play Glo­ria’s Hand­bag to Mata­mata’s Lit­tle Theatre.

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