Brand new un-bare-ably funny comedy
Centrepoint will host a reunion of sorts this summer. Six of the funniest actors from its 42-year history return to tread the boards in a brand new Christmas show, by the writer of MAMIL: Middle Aged Man In Lycra, that promises to have audiences in stitches.
Greg Johnson stars as Ron Hewlett, a man on the brink of a mid-life crisis. He’s lost his job, he’s about to lose his home, and his kids are threatening to call CYPS for cutting off the internet. So, when a local radio station offers a million bucks for a buck-naked sprint at the Mitre 10 Cup final, Ron must decide if saving it all is worth baring it all. Johnson, perhaps best known for his roles in The Insatiable Moon and Shortland Street, returns to Manawatu after appearances in Centrepoint smash hits Penalties, Pints and Pirouettes, and Four Flat Whites in Italy.
Audiences who have seen him here before will know he’s certainly not one for sticking to the sidelines. Having received more than a fleeting glimpse at his ‘‘dad-bod’’ in The Motor Camp, this time prepare yourselves for more than an eyeful of Johnson! When asked what appealed to him about doing the play, Johnson says cheekily: ‘‘The nudity.’’ Returning alongside Johnson is The Motor Camp’s Daniielle Mason as his wife Linda. Eddie Campbell ( Who Wants to be 100?) and Theresa Woodham ( Oh! What a Lovely War) grace the Centrepoint stage, decades after their most recent appearances, as Ron’s eccentric parents. The Hound of the Baskerville’s Simon Leary and local theatre favourite Carrie Green ( White Rabbit Red Rabbit) play everyone else.
The idea of The Streaker came to writer Gregory Cooper after a friend’s relative - a very straight-laced, sensible man - got drunk at a cricket match. After some ‘encouragement’ from his mates, he decided to streak.
‘‘He only made it a few metres before security took him down and once he’d sobered up was absolutely mortified about what he’d done. This story of someone sensible doing something very un-sensible appealed.’’
The Streaker also marks the end of an era for Centrepoint Theatre, being Jeff KingsfordBrown’s final show as artistic director after five years in the role. ’’I’m delighted to end my tenure here working alongside a terrific cast on this hilarious Kiwi comedy with heart.‘‘
The rules are simple: 100 metres. $1 million. No clothes attached. How far will Ron go for his family? And how far will he get? Sprint to find out in this brand new un-bare-ably funny comedy. The Streaker was originally commissioned by Christchurch’s The Court Theatre, and premiered September 2016. Centrepoint Theatre presents a brand new version adapted especially for Manawatu audiences.
The Streaker runs from November 4 to December 17 on Wednesdays at 6.30pm, Thursday to Saturday (8pm) and Sundays at 5pm. Tickets $18-40. Bookings 06-354-5740; centrepoint.co.nz: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greg Johnson is The Streaker, demonstrating the versatility of a Turbos’ buckethead.