Navy lark makes land­fall

75 years of NZ naval his­tory is to be cel­e­brated on stage

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON -

Roll over Boaty McBoat­face, there’s an even bet­ter navy lark on the way. Ty­ing up at the Spiers Cen­tre this week is a re­view style show called The Com­plete His­tory of the Royal New Zealand Navy (Abridged).

Ac­tu­ally this is not just a sin­gle show­boat - more amini-flotilla.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the main bill cel­e­brat­ing 75 years of the RNZN, is mati­nee panto Com­man­der Claire and the Pi­rates of Provence.

Both shows are writ­ten by Greg Cooper, who scripted the pop­u­lar Mark Had­low solo play MAMIL ( Mid­dle Aged Men In Ly­cra) that toured to the Globe Theatre last year.

Had­low, who di­rected the two pro­duc­tions, has a naval back­ground and is a Lieu­tenant Com­man­der in the Naval Re­serve.

The 50 minute panto, per­formed with plenty of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion, pup­petry, songs and over-the-shoul­der card­board ships, sees Com­man­der Claire slug­ging it out with das­tardly French pi­rate Cap­i­taine Langlois and his de­mented rooster, Napoleon.

It plays Wed­nes­day to Fri­day this week in the Spiers Cen­tre at 11am and 1pm.

At 7pm, The Com­plete His­tory runs from Abel Tas­man and James Cook bat­tling it out for line hon­ours, to the present day in about 90 min­utes.

The play­wright, who also per­forms in the The Com­plete His­tory said it’s de­signed as a ‘‘fast­paced, roller­coaster ride through 75 years, with song and dance and every­thing in be­tween’’.

Per­mis­sion is granted to come aboard at the Spiers Cen­tre, Feather­ston St, this Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day at 7pm, with book­ings through Tick­etDirect. All pro­ceeds go to lo­cal char­i­ties.

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