By Campion Decent NewZealand premiere season Directed by Conrad Newport Centrepoint Theatre September 19 – October 17
versions of similar incidents, depending on just who is telling the story. As the play progresses, both parents physically degenerate. The father is also diagnosed with cancer. There is some fine physical acting.
The son gives his ghosts a happy afterlife. It’s a symptom of the love he has for them in spite of all the bitchy nastiness. At its heart, despite its bleak and deeply black humour, Unholy Ghosts is a play about love.
On a bare stage, the production is well served by three revolving panels dressed to suit each scene, and makes quite the impact for the finale.
Unholy Ghosts is well worth the experience. This is quite a priviledge. Bites is the premiere of the top eight plays from the Playwrights Association of New Zealand’s 10-minute play writing competition.
Performed by members of the city’s Skin Theatre company, the opening plays are skit-based while the second four focus more on character, mood and story.
Effectivly staged with the minimum of set and props, and featuring some of the region’s best performers, Bites is a bit like enjoying the variety of a chocolate sampler.
The most effective pairing are Maree Gibson and Mark Kilsby in two plays where they play husband and wife – Forget Me Not when it becomes apparent the husband has Alzheimer’s, and Behind The Teacup which explores loss of a long-term partner.
Hannah Pratt and Phil White also make a fine fist of a World War 2 era realtionship in Sentimantal Journey.