Theatre to end with winning streak
Nudity and the theatre don’t always go well together. Especially in an intimate venue like Centrepoint Theatre.
Director of Centrepoint’s new production The Streaker Jeff Kingsford-Brown is hoping that one won’t get in the way of the other when his last production as artistic director opens its preChristmas season on Saturday.
‘‘There’s not a huge demand for nudity on stage these days, unless it’s nudie funny, which is what this is. It’s a nice way to finish, with a comedy - it’s what I enjoy, and [playwright] Greg [Cooper] has given us something quite meaty.
‘‘He has a really good ear for Kiwi speech patterns and idioms. He’s an actor too, so he knows how things work on stage.’’
Anyone who saw MAMIL (Middle-Aged Men In Lycra) or The History of the Royal New Zealand Navy (Abridged), will have some idea of Cooper’s style.
Hero Ron Hewlett, played by city-raised actor Greg Johnson, has lost his job, is about to lose his house, and is being encouraged to lose his dignity as well.
The Turbos have made the final of the ITM Cup. A local radio station has offered $1 million to anyone who will put a logo on their bum, and streak the length of the field without getting smashed by security. With a little arm-twisting, a plan and the help of friends, Ron is prepared to give it a go.
‘‘It’s a fantasy,’’ KingsfordBrown said. ’’But we’re hoping to inspire the Turbos to go all the way next time. Rugby plays a big part in this show.’’
Johnson, who will be remembered for his Centrepoint roles in The Motor Camp and Penalties, Pints and Pirouettes, and in movie The Insatiable Moon, is joined by five other actors, including Palmerston North-raised Carrie Green.
A Wellington Theatre Award winner, Green took part in Centrepoint’s White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, and has played here in touring shows I Could Live Here, and Capital E’s Kiwi Moon.
One of her challenges in The Streaker is to play a 7-year-old, while she has her own mischievous idea of how to publicise the play.
‘‘We should ask people to streak at the Speedway, and if they make it across the field, they get a double pass to the show.’’
Or you could keep your gear on and buy tickets like most other people.
Greg Johnson as Ron Hewlett, with Teresa Woodham as Ron’s mum, Llana in ‘‘The Streaker’’.