Play promises ‘wild, no-holds barred ride’
Gore’s Victoria Mills is directing New Zealand play Lovepuke as part of the Southland Festival of the Arts.
Written by Duncan Sarkies, director of Two Little Boys, Lovepuke is a quick witted, high energy play about intimate relationships – how they come to be, how they evolve and how they fall apart.
‘‘I first came across Lovepuke in 1998 when I was cast as Hermione in a production directed by the really rather talented and creative Bryan Aitken,’’ Mills said.
‘‘What really captivated me about Duncan’s piece was its energy, intriguing use of language and the mixture of different theatrical styles that often get used in the same scene.’’
A local, young and energetic cast has embraced the challenge, she said.
‘‘The cast has been so awesome. Because the play is quite short, they have to work efficiently to create and convey their character.’’
Living and working in Gore has made rehearsing Lovepuke a bit of a challenge.
‘‘But when you’re enjoying what you’re doing you don’t mind the price of petrol, and the husband has been very supportive.’’
Written in 1993, Lovepuke is still relevant over 20 years later.
Some of the technology may have changed, but the chaos that is an evolving relationship never will, Mills says.
The audience watches, empathises and laughs as eight characters bounce their way through burgeoning affairs.
‘‘We’ve made a couple of discreet changes to bring Lovepuke into the 21st century.
‘‘But, in reality, the essence of the story is always going to be true; people are always going to have relationships people.
‘‘Some of them will end badly, some of them won’t.’’
One thing is certain; the audience is in for a wild, no-holdsbarred ride.
‘‘Rather than a long, languid symphony with its distinct phrases and themes, Lovepuke isa punk race horse; quick out of the blocks and best you hold on.’’
Lovepuke will run at Repertory House, Invercargill, from May 3-6. with other