Time (travel) is on prince’s side
PRINCE SETH AND THE PRINCESS: TIME TRAVEL
By Karla Haronga Directed by Karla and Reihana Haronga for Te Puanga Whakaari Theatre Productions Centrepoint Theatre, July 8-12 Reviewed by RichardMays
Oh no, Seth has a new bestie.
Rocking up for the holidays wearing her princess outfit, Ricky finds her old mate Seth has a new neighbour called Avery. What’s worse, Seth and Avery have built a time travel machine. Together. Man!
After Ricky comes to terms with this the three embark on a time travel adventure with the help of the audience, wristwatch time galaxy controllers and homemade Tardis.
First stop is 3015 to a world where robots rule and humans are on the verge of extinction. Silver the robot, courtesy of the robotics team at Feilding High School, all but steals the show.
Escaping into the past, the trio are threatened by a looming shadow-show T-rex, before Taniwha from the first Prince
Seth adventure, who just happens to be visiting distant rellies, helps dig their stuck Tardis out of the mire.
Back in the present, they land in the Amazon rainforest where Seth finds himself threatened by a teeny tiny lion.
Lions in the Amazon forest? Amazin’. OK, so it fitted the Wimoweh song, but not with one of the 10 facts about the Amazon the travellers had to come up with in order to get home.
The three young actors – Kristi Atkins and Jacob Wilson reprising their roles from the earlier shows, with newcomer Helena Pawson carry the characters, juggle the puppets and manage the anomalies.
While a great concept, the play did seem to be created about face.
Silver would have had more impact in the last scene after the time machine manages to misfire to the rainforest (where there are jaguars and maybe totally lost lions), then to the Jurassic past, and finally to the robot-ruled future and the climactic duel.
Still, a great (ahem) time was had by all, and the 45 minutes flashed by at warp speed.