After critically acclaimed, sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 and London’s prestigious Vaults Festival 2017, Robyn Paterson (pictured )is bringing her one-woman family drama The South Afreakins back to her home town of Hamilton, where the story was conceived.
The show was commended during its run at Auckland’s Basement Theatre.
Inspired by Paterson’s own parents’ experience of emigrating from South Africa to New Zealand, she rapidly switches between Helene and Gordon to create a very human story of loss and family.
Helene and Gordon are stuck. Stuck in their arm chairs, the same house and stuck in their rut. As Gordon’s work-life comes to an end, and with the murder of their son four years previously still tainting their lives, Helene is determined to leave everything behind and start again in New Zealand. Gordon’s dream is to stay right where he is — until Helene confirms that their extended holiday to New Zealand is, in fact, a permanent move to a new home. Feeling progressively more culturally isolated, will the arrival of his best friend Clive make a difference? Does our home really lie in places, or within people?
Robyn Paterson’s play examines the pragmatic decisions behind immigration, intentional displacement and adapting to a new culture.
Robyn has been an awardwinning actress/playwright for over 14 years in theatre, film and television in New Zealand, Australia, and London. She has appeared in Shortland Street, Go Girls, The Almighty Johnsons, The Blue Rose, ANZAC Girls, Power Rangers and the lead in the 2015 London run of The Generation of Z.
■ The Meteor May 30 and 31, 7.30pm. Tickets available at www.themeteor.co.nz