Surely, the gods are crazy
A home-grown comedy performed by a community theatre group is set to premiere at Palmerston North’s Centrepoint Theatre.
In what is quite possibly a first in the theatre’s 43 year history, a local drama society is to perform a new play in prime time on the Centrepoint stage.
Written by Massey University Drama Society’s Shivarn Stewart, God Awful Company sounds like some sort of mash-up between one of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld stories and Bertolt Brecht’s Good Person of Szechwan, with maybe bits of The Almighty Johnsons thrown in.
A gathering of ancient, powerful and feuding gods to determine their role with humanity for the next 1000 years, hits a snag. Kevin, an indecisive, hungover student has been selected as ‘The Decider’ - the representative who gets to make the choice for the rest of humanity.
Kevin and Michelle - ‘The Arbitrator’, are faced with their own deaths and the Earth’s doom if they make the wrong call.
Stewart was ‘‘so excited’’ her tongue-in-cheek, larger-than-life play had been moved from its original Dark Room venue, across the road to Centrepoint Theatre proper.
‘‘It’s wonderful Centrepoint offered us the theatre when they had nothing on.They said they really enjoyed our Dark Room production last year of Misfits, and it made sense to encourage our entertaining, affordable and accessible comedy by offering us use of their professional stage .’’
God Awful Company opens on May 19 at Centrepoint Theatre, for four shows over two weekends.
‘‘So excited!’’ Shivarn Stewart Playwright "God Awful Company"
Kevin, Matthew Schaw and Michelle, Tessa Mitchell-Anyon freak out while the gods bicker in the background in the comedy ‘‘God Awful Company’’.