Cen­tre­point an­nounces 2016 sea­son

The Tribune (NZ) - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT - 2016 sea­son passes and tick­ets are avail­able at cen­tre­point.co.nz from De­cem­ber 14.

‘‘ Our pro­gramme is big, bold and beau­ti­ful.’’ Jeff Kings­ford-Brown,

A feast of in­spir­ing, chal­leng­ing and en­ter­tain­ing per­for­mances are preparing to wow at Cen­tre­point The­atre in 2016.

‘‘The ca­pac­ity of live the­atre to thrill us should never be un­der­es­ti­mated,’’ Cen­tre­point’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, Jeff Kings­fordBrown, says. ‘‘I couldn’t be more ex­cited by what we’re bring­ing to the main stage in 2016. Our pro­gramme is big, bold and beau­ti­ful, with a won­der­ful mix of the fresh and in­no­va­tive along­side the tried and true.’’

2016 kicks off in Fe­bru­ary with a strictly lim­ited sea­son of im­prov com­edy from one of New Zealand’s long­est-run­ning im­pro­vi­sa­tion troupes, Welling­ton’s The Im­pro­vi­sors and their cos­tume spoof, Down­ton Ad-lib.

Stag Week­end by Dan Bain and Bren­don Ben­netts takes that iconic Kiwi rite of pas­sage – the stag party – on a hunt­ing trip in the Tararuas. Four over­con­fi­dent and un­der-qual­i­fied city boys fum­ble to­wards dis­cov­er­ing what it means to be a Kiwi bloke.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional Day, May 28, sees the launch of Plays With a Pur­pose, a sea­son of works that shine light on im­mi­gra­tion. In as­so­ci­a­tion with Aurora Nova Pro­duc­tions, Cen­tre­point presents White Rab­bit, Red Rab­bit by Ira­nian play­wright Nas­sim Soleiman­pour. This play tests the pos­si­bil­i­ties of what the­atre can be, re­quir­ing no re­hearsal, no di­rec­tor, a dif­fer­ent ac­tor ev­ery night, and a script wait­ing in a sealed en­ve­lope on stage.

The sea­son fin­ishes with a re­hearsed read­ing of Lampe­dusa. The crit­i­cally-ac­claimed drama by award-win­ning Bri­tish play­wright An­ders Lusta­garten, draws par­al­lels be­tween a fish­er­man who pulls drowned refugees from the sea, and a Chi­ne­seBri­tish woman who col­lects pay­day loans for a liv­ing.

For the win­ter school hol­i­days, Te Re­hia The­atre Com­pany (2014’s Hoki Mai Tama Ma¯ ) presents Ruia Te Ka¯ kano by Tainui Tuki­waho, a mag­i­cal bilin­gual the­atre ad­ven­ture for chil­dren.

In­ter­na­tional phe­nom­e­non The Events by David Greig, one of the UK’s ma­jor play­writ­ing tal­ents, fea­tures a dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity choir on stage ev­ery night, while a priest and choir di­rec­tor wres­tle with demons in the face of an un­speak­able act.

Then, bit­ingly funny mono­logue Fleabag: god­dess of filth and su­per­hero of the wank gen­er­a­tion stars So­phie Hambleton (TV’s West­side) in an ex­plo­ration of re­spon­si­bil­ity and sex­u­al­ity in to­day’s youth.

Mas­ters of phys­i­cal the­atre and dance, White Face Crew, tum­ble onto the Cen­tre­point stage dur­ing the Oc­to­ber hols with their smash hit Dou­ble Dere­licts, a win­ning combo of chore­ographed couch leap­ing, shoe steal­ing, and good old fash­ioned clown­ing.

For sum­mer, there’s a ‘crackup’ Kiwi com­edy. In Gre­gory Cooper’s The Streaker, a down-on-his­luck fam­ily man must de­cide if it is worth bar­ing his all for a mil­lion bucks.

PHOTO: EMMA BRIT­TEN­DEN/ SUP­PLIED PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

All the world’s a stag-do... Stag Week­end ,anew Kiwi com­edy is the first of the main­bills at Cen­tre­point The­atre in 2016. INSET: Jared Rawiri (from Short­land Street) stars in White Face Crew’s Dou­ble Dere­licts for next Oc­to­ber’s school hol­i­day per­for­mances at Cen­tre­point The­atre:

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