Surely, the gods are crazy

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - RICHARD MAYS

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"

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Kevin, Matthew Schaw and Michelle, Tessa Mitchell-Anyon freak out while the gods bicker in the back­ground in the com­edy ‘‘God Aw­ful Com­pany’’.

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