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.
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.