Grip­ping look into the dark art of pol­i­tics

The Hastings Mail - - WHAT’S ON - Is be­ing per­formed at the Spiegel­tent, Have­lock North, on Septem­ber 26 and at the Cen­tury Theatre, MTG, Napier, on Septem­ber 29.

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.

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