Refugees’ plight in re­hearsed read­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Cen­tre­point Theatre’s Plays With A Pur­pose refugee cri­sis-themed sea­son fin­ishes this week­end.

The tril­ogy which opened with White Rab­bit, Red Rab­bit, and con­tin­ued with the premiere of Angie Far­row’s The Politi­cian’s Wife (see re­view P8), con­cludes this Satur­day and Sun­day with a re­hearsed read­ing of An­ders Lust­garten’s Lampe­dusa.

The Ital­ian is­land of Lampe­dusa is 200km south of Si­cily, but only 70km from the north African coast.

Di­rected by Jeff Kings­ford-Brown, the read­ing stars Kar­los Drinkwa­ter, the crea­ture in last year’s Franken­stein, and Hweil­ing Ow from 2013’s Two Fish and a Scoop. The play en­twines two sep­a­rate sto­ries – Stephano, a Mediter­ranean fish­er­man who pulls dead bod­ies from the sea, and a big city debt col­lec­tor from Leeds.

‘‘It’s an au­ral ex­pe­ri­ence in many ways,’’ Jeff says. ‘‘Beau­ti­fully writ­ten, it’s a gritty play that is also po­etic – there’s a lyri­cism about it, but it’s also about some­thing we need to dis­cuss as a coun­try.’’

The re­hearsed read­ing he hopes will work, with an eye to do­ing more of them.

‘‘Of­ten we don’t have the re­sources to do full pro­duc­tions of con­tem­po­rary plays.’’

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