Pin Up Boys witty and funny

Waiheke Marketplace - - Classi Eds - REVIEWBY EMMA BOWYER

If you are look­ing for a good night out, I sug­gest you get down to Art­works The­atre to see The Pin-up Boys.

The com­edy is writ­ten by Mark Rayner and di­rected by David Char­teris, who played Sir in Wai­heke The­atre Com­pany’s re­cent pro­duc­tion The Dresser.

It is a hi­lar­i­ous New Zealand com­edy, set in a strug­gling char­ity shop.

Any of us that have ever fre­quented a char­ity shop can recog­nise the many colour­ful char­ac­ters that in­habit them.

Wai­heke The­atre Com­pany’s lat­est pro­duc­tion was witty and fun to watch.

The tal­ented Linda Sav­age as the bat­tle axe, Doris, was com­pletely be­liev­able as a ‘right old cow’ that you would not wish to get on the wrong side of.

Nathan Leroy, who played Per­ci­val, did a great job as the over­weight and under- ap­pre­ci­ated num­ber two at the char­ity shop.

Sasha Ogle­tree, who played Stacey, gave a warm and en­dear­ing per­for­mance as the art stu­dent want­ing to help and en­cour­age the boys.

JT, played by Koro Sci­as­cia, gave a warm and sin­cere per­for­mance and it was lovely see­ing the re­la­tion­ship de­velop between him and Stacey.

El­liot Sta­bles in his first at­tempt at act­ing did well as the jazz fa­natic vol­un­teer and Ricky the poster boy, played by Ben Mor­ri­son, was con­vinc­ing as the laid back artist’s model.

Emma Yates was bril­liant as a mul­ti­tude of dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters lurk­ing in the char­ity shop and never buy­ing any­thing, my favourite be­ing the bag lady.

The awards night scene, which was filmed and edited by John Brown, worked re­ally well and cos­tumes, es­pe­cially the mul­ti­tude of dresses worn by the ladies, were both colour­ful and stylish.

Ev­ery­one around me was laugh­ing as well as sev­eral danc­ing away to the fab­u­lous and well-cho­sen mu­sic in between the scenes.

I have no idea who wolf whis­tled from the au­di­ence at one point but if I too could whis­tle I would have joined in!

Don’t miss out on this fun pro­duc­tion on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13, Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14, Fri­day, Septem­ber 15 and Satur­day, Septem­ber16, at 7.30pm.

Tick­ets are avail­able from­work­sthe­

More com­edy of the im­pro­vised kind is com­ing to Art­works The­atre on Tues­day, Septem­ber 26, with the re­turn of Last Laughs.

The Wai­heke Com­edy Show troupe will of­fer hi­lar­i­ous com­edy games from 7pm.

The au­di­ence can sit at cabaret style ta­bles and is en­cour­aged to join in the fun.

En­try by koha, bar open.


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