ONE DAY MOKO
Created and performed by Tim Carlsen
Directed by Sophie Roberts
at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 28 Jun 2011 to 2 Jul 2011
From 23 Aug 2012 to 1 Sep 2012
Reviewed by: Nik Smythe; John Smythe; Ewen Coleman (The Dominion Post); Lynn Freeman (Capital Times);
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After two years in development and input from one of the most celebrated theatre companies in the United States Tim Carlsen's debut play ‘One Day Moko' will take Auckland audiences into the unvarnished world of the homeless living in urban New Zealand on June 28th.
Meet Moko. He lives under a by-pass. His life fits in a trolley. Shunting along streets around town – he is a known sight. Eat, sleep, work, play – he's got things to do and places to be. If you toured in Moko's world, his haunts, his secret places, the known bridges or quiet benches - would you find this normal?
One Day Moko explores isolation, opportunity and routine - investigating how these qualities shape our everyday lives. Depicted through the cheeky, charming and churlish character of Moko: the homeless protagonist, and his interactions with a number of rich and diverse characters and environments - all met through a television screen.
24 year-old Carlsen began developing One Day Moko at Toi Whakaari the New Zealand National Drama school two years ago. During this time he worked In New York City with the acclaimed theatre company The Wooster Group, whose alumni and members include heavy hitters Steve Buscemi and Willem Defoe. Carlsen garnered not only support but also invaluable advice: “Performing parts of the show via Skype to the entire company was a highlight in the show's development – from Wellington to New York City”.
Research for the show included working as a volunteer at organizations such as Catacombs Drop-in and The Compassion Soup Kitchen (Wellington) and the Auckland City Mission. From homeless football games to participating in the Mission drama group, Carlsen was able to get an insight into the NZ homeless lifestyle and developed ties with a large range of homeless clients. “It was the simple things – cooking instant noodles, making cups of tea and watching T.V with a range of people that made me consider my own routine in life… and how this revealed universal habits that all human beings share.”
Also on board is Award winning Director Sophie Roberts the co-Artistic Director of Almost a Bird Theatre Company, who in her short career has already garnished two Chapman Tripp Theatre awards. Tim will also star back to back for the rest of the year in Silo's Theatre Companies I Love You Bro and their production of Tartuffe. Get used to seeing all the different faces of Auckland Theatre's newest rising talent.
With its unique incorporation of technology One Day Moko is a visceral experience that will instigate recognition, reflection and debate among those who see it. One Day Moko is a raw and inspirational story, not retreating from provocation, but demonstrating we all have a vagrant within.
One Day Moko plays:
28 June – 2 July 2011, 7.30pm
The Basement, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD.
Tickets $25/20 from iTICKET EXPRESS.
After a sell-out Auckland season, Tim Carlsen's One Day Moko comes to Wellington this August taking audiences into the no-frills world of the homeless living in urban New Zealand.
One Day Moko / 23 Aug - 1 Sep 2012, 6.30pm
BATS Theatre, WELLINGTON
FULL $18, CONCESSION $14, (Bring a can of food to donate to the Wellington City Mission and receive a concession ticket!)