Play ex­poses ‘‘Bare’’ Kiwi es­sen­tials

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Toa Fraser’s Bare was a rev­e­la­tion when it came out. The play is se­ries of 24 in­ter­linked street-wise mono­logues per­formed by two ac­tors por­tray­ing 16 Kiwi char­ac­ters.

About young peo­ple and how they re­late to one an­other and the wider world, in­ter­wo­ven are re­cur­ring sto­ries - an old man look­ing for his grand­daugh­ter and a young girl who is feel­ing lost in life.

The tour­ing pro­duc­tion by Auck­land’s Sim­ple Truth The­atre opens on Wed­nes­day in the Dark Room for a three­nights. Shorter ver­sions of the 90-minute play have been per­formed at Ran­gi­tikei Col­lege, Palmer­ston North Boys’ High and at Massey U’s Arts On Wed­nes­day.

It’s some­thing of a home­com­ing for the show’s co-pro­ducer and co-direc­tor Rhian Firmin. Schooled at Ran­gi­tikei Col­lege, Firmin honed her act­ing chops at Massey, and in local pro­duc­tions, before head­ing for Unitec in Auck­land, grad­u­at­ing at the end of last year.

Bare has been per­formed at Taka­puna’s Pumphouse The­atre, as well as in Auck­land, Hamil­ton and Taupo high schools, with a booked­out pub­lic sea­son at Taupo’s Cen­tre Stage.

She said the play was a jour­ney into the lives of ev­ery­day peo­ple, ex­plor­ing a range of emo­tional and so­cial sit­u­a­tions.

‘‘It’s a slice of the Kiwi world. Ev­ery time I watch it, I see some­one I know - it’s that re­lat­able.’’

Per­formed by Bri­anna Jude and James Cor­co­ran, Bare has three Dark Room per­for­mances - Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day at 7pm.

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