WHY IS EVERYBODY SO FULL OF TECHNIQUE?
By Peter Hibberdene
Director: Benjamin Teh
at Musgrove Studio, Maidment Theatre, Auckland
From 24 Jul 2012 to 28 Jul 2012
Reviewed by: Aidan-B. Howard;
This is the surreal tale of a besieged Vatican from 530AD, as pieced together by blind-drunk historians from the distant future.
An ill-advised PR campaign involving Sheena Easton sets off a chain of events that can only end in stylish, demented tragicomedy and biologically extruded clerics.
Will the Empress Theodora finally break into the Vatican and burn it down? Will Silverius find out which one of his confidantes betrayed him? Or will the beleaguered Pope be brought to his knees by the combined forces of paranoia and high-IQ stupidity?
Rest assured that, whatever happens, it's about a million miles away from what actually occurred in the sixth century…
A bizarre comedy that pits the faithful and the faithless against each other, while tackling issues of survival, church politics and raising the age-old question, “What happens when the Vatican has a Pope who does not believe?”
Tues 24 July – Sat 28 July, all shows 8pm
The Musgrove Studio, Maidment Complex, Corner of Princes and Alfred Street, Auckland
Concession $18 | Adult $25 | Group 5+ $20 | Group 10+ $15
www.maidment.auckland.ac.nz or phone 09 308 2383
Peter Hibberdene, Haemia Foote, Mayen Mehta and Sarah Eloise James.
Set Designer: Stephen Brookbanks
Stage Manager: Steph Van Geete
Lighting Design & Tech: Sam Mence
Costume Design: Lauren Gunn