Time (travel) is on prince’s side



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.

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