A play about ex­o­dus and ex­iles

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

A play in­spired by the Syr­ian refugee cri­sis will be the first at Cen­tre­point for lo­cal play­wright, Angie Far­row.

The award-win­ning stage writer and Massey Univer­sity English and Me­dia Stud­ies as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor says The Politi­cian’s Wife is a re­sponse to feel­ing over­whelmed by the com­plex­i­ties and sheer scale of the ex­o­dus.

Angie just hap­pened to be at­tend­ing a writer’s res­i­dency in Ber­lin at the peak of the refugee wave, as hun­dreds of thou­sands sought to es­cape con­flicts in Syria and Iraq.

She found her­self in con­tact with some of the refugees, as well as with those who were help­ing them, but she also wit­nessed the fear and re­sent­ment ex­pressed by some to the sud­den, large in­flux of des­per­ate peo­ple with dif­fer­ent re­li­gious and cul­tural back­grounds.

‘‘From a story that seemed to be a long way away – some­body else’s prob­lem – the refugee story has be­come part of all of our lives.

‘‘I hope this play will help us see the refugee cri­sis in a whole new light.’’

Di­rected by Stephen Bain, The Politi­cian’s Wife is the sec­ond of the theatre’s Plays With A Pur­pose tril­ogy that fo­cuses on cur­rent and top­i­cal is­sues.

‘‘ The Politi­cian’s Wife takes on big ideas with­out ever bash­ing you on the head with them,’’ Stephen says.

Short­listed for the 2016 Adam New Zealand Play Award The Politi­cian’s Wife ze­roes in on refugees as in­di­vid­u­als rather than as sta­tis­tics.

Stephen says it reads ‘‘like one of those great Net­flix se­ries’’.

It’s a quick­fire sea­son. The play opens tonight June 15 and runs this week only un­til Sun­day 19. Book­ings are online at cen­tre­point.co.nz/

PHOTO: JADE DANIELS/SUP­PLIED

Jade Daniels and Jane Yonge in Angie Far­row’s play, The Politi­cian’s Wife pre­mier­ing at Cen­tre­point Theatre this week.

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