Old folks show fervour
Residents of the Foxton’s fictitious Sunshine Retirement Village are up in arms. The local council is moving to remove their annual rates subsidy, rousing the residents to demand its reinstatement. If not, direct action and civil disobedience will ensue. So there!
The mixed bunch of eccentric malcontents include a former farmer, an ex clerk of the court with delusions of grandeur, a retired car salesman, a seamstress, and a slightly brain-fried ex union organiser. Throw in the odd bout of dementia and flatulence, as well as a self-serving TV reporter, and the recipe is ripe for some rip-snorting shenanigans.
From fertiliser bombs to seceding from New Zealand and declaring a republic, the village residents’ group and its cranky committee, is prepared to employ any means to achieve their aims.
The Old People Are Revolting is a comedy written by prolific New Zealand playwright, Devon Williamson. Directed by Marie Fearon, it opens for a three-weekend season at Foxton Little Theatre this Friday April 8.
‘‘While I have a cast of both experienced and first time actors they all portray their respective seniors characters with great humour,’’ Marie says.
The Old People Are Revolting
opens at 7.30pm on Friday at the Little Theatre, Main St, Foxton and runs each Friday and Saturday until April 23. Bookings are at Foxton Property Brokers 06 363 0022.
The flag debate continues. Peggy (Lynne Long) unfurls the proposed rag for the new breakaway state of ‘‘Old People’’ to her fellow rest home residents Doug (Bert Meinders), Patricia (Carolyn Allan) and Howie (Carl Terry) in a scene from The Old People Are Revolting.