Hi­lar­i­ous show no longer scarce as Hen’s Teeth

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

Hen’s Teeth have risen from the ashes and they’re com­ing to Palmer­ston North.

The Hen’s Teeth Women’s Com­edy Com­pany was first es­tab­lished to nearly 30 years ago and broke box of­fice records at Circa Theatre for many years. The com­pany went into re­cess early this cen­tury but this year was suc­cess­fully re­vived for the Women’s Theatre Fes­ti­val in Welling­ton.

The com­pany’s hi­lar­i­ous show is com­ing to Palmer­ston North on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 23 as part of the Re­gent’s Au­gust Alive Fes­ti­val.

In the new line-up of celebri­ties, a mix­ture of old guard and new blood, Pinky Agnew is MC (Mother Chook), the spritely 90-year-old Dame Kate Harcourt is Maud Hornby, He­len Moul­der is Cyn­thia For­ti­tude and Rose Beauchamp cre­ates the char­ac­ter of Ger­tie Ral­len­tando. Prue Lang­bein will reprise Cook­ing With Con­doms. Hen’s Teeth also fea­tures two per­form­ers who are very fa­mil­iar to lo­cal au­di­ences. The bril­liantly tal­ented, Car­rie Green from Palmer­ston North, will per­form a slice of her one-woman show, Man Parts. The show is about Erica Kingi-Lit­tle, the best fe­male tenor in Dan­nevirke, who is con­stantly over­looked by the lo­cal theatre com­pany so she de­cided to cre­ate her own mu­si­cal.

There is also a Dan­nevirke con­nec­tion with co­me­dian Sarah Harpur. Sarah was brought up in Tararua and has pro­gressed to be Out­stand­ing Lead Ac­tress in a Com­edy Se­ries at the LA Webfest and Best New­comer at the NZ Com­edy Guild. More than 100 women have per­formed in

Hen’s Teeth play­ing roles that so closely iden­tify with women’s lives. The suc­cess is at­trib­uted to the com­edy be­ing about those is­sues – sex, pol­i­tics, age­ing, cook­ing, am­bi­tion, breast­feed­ing, men, opera, house­work, di­et­ing, child­care, self-de­fence, love, money, con­tra­cep­tion, cre­ativ­ity and more.

The only ma­jor rule con­cern­ing the con­tent is that they don’t laugh at the ex­pense of men or any other mi­nor­ity.

Tick­ets (adult $39, se­niors $35, group $35) from Tick­et­Di­rect.

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