Must-see show for Christmas
Hudson & Halls Live by Kip Chapman with Todd Emerson and Sophie Roberts Director Dan Pengelly Featuring Andrew Laing as Peter Hudson, Peter Hambleton as David Halls, Kate Louise Elliott in dual roles of TV floor manager Ngaire Watkins and guest artist/ singer, and Henrique Beirao as technician.
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North to December 21
Reviewed by Mary Bryan
This is must see Christmas fare.
Centrepoint could not have come up with a more entertaining, nostalgic show punctuated by hilarious laughter and poignancy.
It’s a show that will resonate with all who saw the famed Hudson and Halls Live New Zealand TV cooking shows.
The hilarious, extremely entertaining series ran from 1975 to 1986 and this production is equally as enjoyable. It is a show that has Centrepoint’s audience in fits of laughter, as well as genuine anguish, throughout the almost two-hour production. Laing and Hambleton’s total oneness with the roles makes one wonder if they had help from above — Hudson and Halls having died some years ago.
Although by their mannerisms and wit the two were obviously a homosexual couple, it was never mentioned, in the press or in public.
Homosexuality was against the law and punishable by imprisonmen. Until the Homosexual Law Reform Act was passed in 1986 it was not talked about. Many people were unaware the couple were more than good friends.
The show opens in the Auckland NZ on Screen TV’s set with the theatre patrons representing the show’s live audience.
Every move of Hudson and Halls is authentic, thanks to the authors being able to study the show’s original TV footage.
The studio kitchen designed by Daniel Williams is also true to the show, including the ornaments.
Elliottt as the TV floor manager and the guest singer is also outstanding. Her roles are very physical and she too has the audience in fits of laughter. Beirao also adds much to the hilarity. This is a show I believe will book out quickly.
The original Peter Hudson and David Halls from 1978.