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