THE ENGINE ROOM
Written by Ralph McCubbin Howell
directed by Hannah Smith
produced by Hannah Banks
at BATS Theatre, Wellington
From 27 Sep 2011 to 8 Oct 2011
Reviewed by: Robbie Ellis; Laurie Atkinson (The Dominion Post);
Where were you?
In 1981 the South African rugby team toured New Zealand, and our country was plunged into chaos. Flash forward a few decades, and the 2008 election saw the conflict make headlines again, when John Key told reporters he couldn't remember his position on the tour. So what was John doing during these fateful months? And where was Aunty Helen?
The Engine Room imagines these political icons in a partly factual, mostly fictional account of two seminal moments in New Zealand's history. Using an explosive combination of storytelling techniques, from documentary theatre to rugby-inspired choreography, The Engine Room charts political and personal conflicts against a backdrop of police brutality and protest lines.
With sport and politics going head to head, the battlelines are drawn. And the whole world is watching.
Season: Tuesday 27th September – Sunday 9th October 2011 (no show Sun/Mon)
Price: $18 Full / $13 Concession / $14 Groups 6+
Length: 1hr 10min
CAST & CREW
Paul Harrop, Alex Greig, Harriet Cowan and Erin Banks
Set: Nick Zwart;
Costumes: Dawa Devereux
Sound: Tane Upjohn-Beatson
Lighting: Uther Dean