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.

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