Amusing snapshots of life
Manawatu Theatre Society (MTS) believes it’s time to amuse people and make them laugh.
Following their critically acclaimed musical, Quilt, MTS is presenting four one act plays, all of which have a touch of humour, at The Globe from April 14 to 28.
Under the heading of Corpsing, the plays encompass the themes of absurdity, life and death, relationships and the theatre itself.
The plays are being co-directed by Maxine Dale and Gael Henning Ede and are described as ‘‘a snapshot of life.’’
‘‘In a one act play, you have a lot more scope to be innovative as the dialogue is open to a director’s interpretation,’’ Maxine says.
‘‘We’re planning to make full use of The Globe complex, both Globe 1, the reception area and backstage.’’
The plays are entitled Waiting for a Bus, Acting Exercise, Last Things and Humour Helps. While the themes are serious, the playwright has infused them with humour to exploit the absurd side of the situation.
Waiting for a Bus is a farce about relationships and is set in a bedroom where the dialogue and movement centres around the fast interaction between characters on and under the bed and in the wardrobe.
Acting Exercise is a two hander where the theme focuses on whether one of the characters is having a relationship with the other man’s wife. It’s a play within a play where both characters are learning a script and resolve the issue through the lines of dialogue.
Humour Helps literally means humour helps a critical situation where a woman plans to take her own life and a neighbour intervenes by using humour to dissuade her and remind her about what life offers.
Last Things returns the audience to the bedroom, but where the boudoir is remains a mystery. An elderly couple in bed wake up to discover they’ve died. They’re unsure where they are but, in the period of limbo, they look back on their lives in theatre and realise how important performance has been to them.
‘‘The four plays are an evening out, far removed from political correctness. They will appeal to the quirkiness of people and give them a chance to laugh and enjoy a night of absurdity,’’ Maxine says.
MTS’s Corpsing is presented at The Globe from April 14-28. Book via The Globe’s website.
Co-directors of Corpsing, Manawatu Theatre Society’s four one act plays, Gael Henning Ede (left) and Maxine Dale.