One ‘hell’ of an evening at Cen­tre­point

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A brand new com­edy of almighty pro­por­tions, God Aw­ful

Com­pany, is hit­ting the Palmer­ston North stage. The an­cient and all pow­er­ful gods are meet­ing to de­ter­mine their role with hu­man­ity, but there’s one small prob­lem . . . Kevin. By some cos­mic joke, this in­de­ci­sive, hun­gover stu­dent has been se­lected to rep­re­sent all of hu­man­ity at the most im­por­tant choice of the mil­len­nium.

Now ‘The De­cider’, Kevin is be­ing forced to make the tough­est of calls - should the gods be al­lowed to rule the mor­tal realm for the next 1000 years?

With a room full of bick­er­ing, feud­ing im­mor­tals (fam­ily is­sues and exes in­cluded) he and ‘The Ar­bi­tra­tor’ Michelle are in for more than they ever bar­gained for. It’s just their deaths or the Earth’s doom if they get it wrong. No pres­sure.

This new­est play by Massey Univer­sity Drama So­ci­ety fol­lows their highly-ac­claimed writ­ers’ fes­ti­val Arts

Un­con­trolled and sold out com­edy Mis­fits. For pro­ducer and play­wright Shivarn Ste­wart most ex­cit­ing is the hu­mour that comes with high stakes and larger than life char­ac­ters. ‘‘It’s very tongue-in-cheek,’’ says Ste­wart. ‘‘The an­cient gods are par­tic­u­larly en­ter­tain­ing to play with - like Diony­sus who is just a huge party an­i­mal, or the sullen Grim Reaper. The ‘hu­man­ity’ of the gods is where you have re­ally in­ter­est­ing per­son­al­i­ties and drama, as well as a hell of a lot of laughs!’’

Award-nom­i­nated di­rec­tor Ethan Burmeis­ter is also glee­fully an­tic­i­pat­ing the show’s de­but per­for­mance.

‘‘It’s such an in­trigu­ing con­cept and you can only watch in de­lighted ter­ror at the idea that th­ese hu­mans hold the uni­verse’s fates in their hands,’’ Ethan says.

‘‘Which ob­vi­ously not all the gods are happy about, so there is a whole an­other level of ‘can we sur­vive this’ go­ing on. It will be a great ride for ev­ery­one watch­ing.’’

God Aw­ful Com­pany hits the stage Fri­day, May 19, and runs for four shows at Palmer­ston North’s pro­fes­sional Cen­tre­point Theatre. Tick­ets ($15 full, $10 con­ces­sion), phone 06 354 5740 or go to: thedark­roomnz.com.

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