Must-see show for Christ­mas

Whanganui Midweek - - PATH OF LIFE -

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.

PIC­TURE / SOUTH PA­CIFIC TELE­VI­SION

The orig­i­nal Peter Hud­son and David Halls from 1978.

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