Am­at­ter of life and death


Corps­ing – no, not the art of play­ing dead, even if dead bod­ies do hap­pen to be cen­tral to a one-act play in the Manawatu Theatre So­ci­ety’s sea­son of short works open­ing this week at The Globe.

Corps­ing is a theatre term ap­plied to ac­tors who break char­ac­ter by in­ap­pro­pri­ately snig­ger­ing or even burst­ing into laugh­ter. Corps­ing can be in­fec­tious. Whole casts have ‘lost it’ af­ter a sin­gle mem­ber of the act­ing com­pany has come down with the gig­gles.

Corps­ing is the um­brella ti­tle for four short pieces by Olivier Award­win­ning English play­wright Peter Barnes. The ab­sur­dist plays, Hu­mour Helps, Act­ing Ex­er­cise, Wait­ing for a Bus, and Last Things ex­plore the of­ten comic re­la­tion­ship be­tween theatre and life, life and death, as well as the in­tri­ca­cies and nu­ances of per­sonal re­la­tion­ships.

Co-di­rected by Max­ine Dale and Gael Hain­ing Ede, Theatre Soc’s Damian Thorne says the four, short two- and three-han­der come­dies are some­thing of an ex­per­i­ment.

‘‘Mar­riage, af­fairs, sui­cide, the theatre – they’re eco­nom­i­cal quirky lit­tle pieces that Gael has been want­ing to do for some time. All take place in four dif­fer­ent ar­eas on the stage of Globe 1, and flow from one to the other.’’

Not only pro­vid­ing in­ter­est­ing chal­lenges for the per­form­ers, there’ll be plenty to keep an au­di­ence amused dur­ing the five per­for­mance sea­son which opens this Thurs­day, April 21 at 7.30pm, plays Fri­day and Satur­day at the same time, and Sun­day and Mon­day at 6pm.

Tick­ets are $12 avail­able at the door, or on the Globe’s web­site.


See it

Gael Hain­ing Ede as Jane with Harry Martin as Tony in the ever-so-slightly sur­real bed­room farce, Wait­ing For A Bus, one of the short plays in Corps­ing at The Globe.

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