Gripping look into the dark art of politics
Art and politics may seem like strange bedfellows.
However, with the New Zealand election taking place just days before the opening of this year’s Arts Festival, it seems only fitting that the opening act has a political theme.
Inspired by real life political events and people, A Prudent Man is a sharply biting political thriller, being performed at the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival.
Award-winning Australian actor Lyall Brooks plays a career politician in full damage control mode. Seated centre stage, dressed in a blue suit with not a hair out of place, Brooks’ character is the picture of right-of-centre conservatism.
Embodying the slogans, mannerisms and headlines, Prudent Man is an amalgamation of recent history’s conservative politicians. The script incorporates actual speeches and lines from the likes of Donald Trump, Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd, Margaret Thatcher and John Key.
Writer and director Katy War-
Aner has created a razor-sharp plot, guaranteed to have audiences on the edge of their seats.
Described as ‘‘tight, powerful and biting’’ by Melbourne’s Weekend Notes, A Prudent Man was an audience and critical hit at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival, eclipsing more than 400 productions to win the coveted People’s Choice Award. It also won the WA Tour Ready Award and was nominated for Best Performance. It has since had sold out seasons at Fringe World Perth and Darwin Festival and will shortly appear at Brisbane Festival, before heading to Hawke’s Bay for two exclusive New Zealand performances in the Spiegeltent and the MTG Century Theatre.
From Hawke’s Bay, the cast and crew travel to the United States where it has been invited to appear at the prestigious New York United Solo Festival in November.
Australian actor Lyall Brooks stars in political thriller A Prudent Man, being performed at the Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival.