Fresh Ink at the Court Theatre

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This month The Court Theatre is de­but­ing three brand new Kiwi plays.

The plays, all in var­i­ous draft stages, will be per­formed over three con­sec­u­tive Sun­days in May. This is theatre with­out any of the bells and whis­tles of a usual Court pro­duc­tion – no set, no props; just the au­di­ence, the ac­tors and some very fresh words.

The au­di­ences’ re­ac­tions and feed­back to the raw per­for­mances will help the writ­ers grow their sto­ries.

Lit­er­ary Man­ager Roanna Dalziel be­lieves Fresh Ink is cru­cial to The Court Theatre and its au­di­ences. ‘‘One of the key mis­sions for The Court is about cel­e­brat­ing and ques­tion­ing New Zealand voices. It’s fun­da­men­tal that we get New Zealand plays up on our main­stage or in The Forge so we’re re­flect­ing on New Zealand per­spec­tives.’’

No­table pre­vi­ous Fresh Ink read­ings in­clude That Bloody Woman and MAMIL (Mid­dle Aged Man in Ly­cra), both of which went on to have full sea­sons at The Court fol­lowed by na­tion­wide tours. Astro­man, a read­ing in last year’s series, is on course to make the same tran­si­tion, run­ning for a two-week sea­son on The Court’s main­stage later this year. The Kiwi com­edy, set in a time where the best so­cial spot for teens was the lo­cal ar­cade store, opens at The Court on the 27th Oc­to­ber.

The first play of the series, per­formed on the 13th May, is Siana, writ­ten by well-known Kiwi writer and ac­tress Al­i­son Quigan. The story fol­lows Cassie as she swaps a job in pho­tog­ra­phy for lo­cal coun­cil work. The move forces her to face not only bu­reau­cratic hur­dles but her ex­hus­band and the haunt­ing mem­o­ries of her beau­ti­ful danc­ing daugh­ter, Siana.

Fol­low­ing Siana on the 20th May is Karen Ze­las’ The Fall­ing. The Fall­ing re­lates to the tri­als of Min­nie Dean, the first and only woman hanged in New Zealand. Be­yond ex­plor­ing the story of Min­nie Dean, The Fall­ing fol­lows mod­ern-day doc­toral stu­dent Clemency Xavier as she maps out Min­nie’s case.

The fi­nal play in the series, writ­ten by Joe Musaphia, is a lit­tle more light-hearted. Former Short­land Street bad­die Mike Ed­ward will be tak­ing on the role of The Sex­i­est Man in the World. The com­edy be­gins when hunk Chip Stone (Ed­ward) re­turns home from LA look­ing to make amends with brother, Brian, a strug­gling play­wright. Chip’s ar­rival wreaks havoc – to comedic ef­fect.

At its heart, Fresh Ink is all about em­brac­ing and en­cour­ag­ing Kiwi play­wrights. Au­di­ence mem­bers get to see fresh, New Zealand theatre per­formed in a way that won’t be seen again and, hope­fully, will be moved by what they see. To laugh­ter or tears – or maybe even both. All tick­ets are $10. See courtthe­ for tick­ets and de­tails.

Sun­day 13th May at 4pm


Theatre en­thu­si­asts en­joy a show at The Court Theatre.

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