Sib­ling ri­valry at The­atre

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In it’s 70th year, the Mata­mata Dra­matic So­ci­ety is serv­ing up a se­ri­ous com­edy.

Present from the Past is a two act play, writ­ten by Richard Ev­erett.

It fol­lows three adult sib­lings Howard, Rachel and Frances Tem­ple­ton, also joined by Rachel’s hus­band Colin, who gather to clear out the home of their re­cently de­ceased mother.

Ques­tions of in­her­i­tance, per­sonal jus­tice, for­give­ness and ac­cep­tance are raised in this sharply ob­served and un­spar­ing play.

Cast mem­ber Hil­ton Woodroofe says it’s a se­ri­ous com­edy, but his char­ac­ter Colin breaks some ten­sion.

‘‘My role is more like light re­lief. My char­ac­ter Colin is like­able and quite naive and very en­joy­able to play.’’

Colin is joined on stage by Ron van de Molen, Denise Wil­son and Eileen Weal. The play is un­der the di­rec­tion of San­dra Clarke.

Wood­froofe hopes peo­ple will come away sat­is­fied with their hard work.

‘‘We have to en­ter­tain and hope­fully we will put on a very well re­hearsed, pro­fes­sional show that peo­ple will en­joy hav­ing seen.

‘‘Act­ing teaches you to be re­li­able and pro­fes­sional, you want to de­liver the goods.‘‘

Woodroofe says the Dra­matic So­ci­ety is nor­mally known for its come­dies, but they re­cently had two one act plays, each one 40 min­utes long. He says it went down quite well and made him re­alise how eclec­tic the au­di­ence is.

‘‘They were very se­ri­ous, and we at­tracted new mem­bers. It made me ap­pre­ci­ate the fact peo­ple en­joy dra­mas. We are called the Dra­matic So­ci­ety af­ter all...it’s like a good movie, a good play en­gages you and your emo­tions, peo­ple al­ways find some­thing they can re­late to.

‘‘We are here to en­ter­tain peo­ple, in Mata­mata we are very lucky to have both the Mu­si­cal The­atre and Dra­matic So­ci­ety. At the Dra­matic So­ci­ety we can put on dra­mas and come­dies and they are pop­u­lar with the same peo­ple.’’

Present from the Past runs from Septem­ber 17 to 24, cur­tain up at 8pm. The matinee is on Septem­ber 18 at 2pm

Tick­ets are avail­able from Gifted.

PHOTO: REX­INE HAWES

The cast of the Mata­mata Dra­matic So­ci­ety play Present from the Past.

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