Navy lark makes landfall
75 years of NZ naval history is to be celebrated on stage
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.