Bonk­ing James Bond set to hit the stage

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - ERIN TASKER

When you’re putting on a show called Bonk­ing James Bond, you’re sure to get bums on seats, and plenty of laughs – at least the Methven Theatre Com­pany hopes so.

They’re do­ing things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently this year, and putting on two plays, called Bonk­ing James Bond, and Snip. They’ll be per­formed on the same night, and they’re plays rather than the mu­si­cals Methven tra­di­tion­ally puts on.

There will still be a mu­si­cal el­e­ment how­ever, pro­duc­tion man­ager Pa­trice Ham­mond said.

The ti­tles give a pretty good idea that they’re go­ing to be comedic plays. Ham­mond said Snip is about a man whose wife wants him to have a va­sec­tomy, and he isn’t so keen, so he makes up a char­ac­ter in his head that tries to en­cour­age him to stand up to his wife.

‘‘And Bonk­ing James Bond, that show’s about Betty, whose hus­band is hav­ing an affair and in or­der to boost her self con­fi­dence, she cre­ates a bit of a fan­tasy affair in her head with James Bond,’’ Ham­mond said.

Each of the shows has two male, and two fe­male char­ac­ters, and that’s it. So all up, it’s a cast of eight for this year’s Methven Theatre Com­pany show­case, and those eight peo­ple have al­ready been found. Au­di­tions were held at the week­end, call-backs were done on Sun­day night, and read throughs started on Tues­day night.

Ham­mond said all eight are Canterbury lo­cals, and six have been in past Methven Theatre Com­pany shows, in­clud­ing some who were in last year’s west­ern mu­si­cal com­edy, Calamity Dame. For two of the ac­tors though, this will be their first foray into the Methven theatre scene.

‘‘Be­cause it’s such a small cast and the char­ac­ters are quite spe­cific, it was very easy to cast re­ally.

‘‘We had some great peo­ple turn up,’’ Ham­mond said.

The show will be di­rected by Christchurch man Scott Camp­bell, and it will also be his first ever show in Methven.

Ham­mond said the plays are writ­ten by New Zealan­der April Philips – who also wrote a pop­u­lar pro­duc­tion they per­formed a few years ago, called Stiff – and they are writ­ten to be played on the same night.

Bonk­ing James Bond, and Snip, will hit the stage at the Mt Hutt Memo­rial Hall from July 26 un­til July 29.

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Hope­fuls au­di­tion for the Methven Theatre Com­pany’s next shows, Bonk­ing James Bond, and Snip.

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