Play exposes ‘‘Bare’’ Kiwi essentials
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.