Im­mi­gra­tion sto­ries

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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

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