Written by Alexi Kaye Campbell
Directed by Sophie Roberts
presented by Silo
at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, The Edge, Auckland
From 10 Aug 2012 to 1 Sep 2012
Reviewed by: Lexie Matheson; Rosabel Tan (Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog); Janet McAllister (New Zealand Herald online);
HOW MUCH COURAGE DOES IT TAKE TO BE WHO YOU REALLY ARE?
Silo jumps back to the future when THE PRIDE plays at Auckland's Herald Theatre from August 10th. This is one of those thoroughly grown-up plays, examining changing attitudes to love and sexuality on either side of the sexual revolution. Told with heart, humour and boundless empathy, this is a history of sorts.
Oliver, Phillip and Sylvia are caught in a kind of erotic time warp. Their complex live triangle, replete with conflicting loyalties and passions, shift from 1958 to the present and back again in a maelstrom of fantasy, repression and rebellion. In one world, they're forced to be strangers to both desire and to themselves, weighed down by cautious euphemisms and fearful self censorship. In the other, the rainbow-stickered present, casual sex and empty style collides with the human heart.
THE PRIDE marked the playwriting debut of Alexi Kaye Campbell in November 2008, taking London's Royal Court Theatre by storm. Interchanging between two different times, Campbell's work is elegiac in tone but thrilling in its takeout. Campbell's trail-blazing debut earned him the Critics Circle Award, the John Whiting Award, a GLAAD Award and a Laurence Olivier Award. The New York premiere went on to star hot young things Ben Whishaw, Hugh Dancy and Andrea Riseborough.
Kip Chapman returns to Silo for the first time since 2007's Lobby Hero. Chapman created the hugely successful Apollo 13: Mission Control, which is currently being redeveloped for a North American tour. He is also the mastermind behind the Hackman Theatre Awards, Auckland's “alternative” to the Chapman Tripp Awards in Wellington and is about to appear in Eli Kent's Black Confetti for Auckland Theatre Company.
Simon London returns to New Zealand from Sydney for this production, last appearing with Silo in the watershed production of When The Rain Stops Falling and is joined onstage by Dena Kennedy.
Following her directing debut for the company last year with I Love You Bro, Sophie Roberts returns to helm this thrilling contemporary narrative. Leading costume designer Elizabeth Whiting promises a celebration of vintage bespoke tailoring in one era and the latest Soho streetwear in another.
Evident in the programming of Tribes, The Brothers Size, The Only Child and When the Rain Stops Falling, Silo upholds the tradition of presenting audiences with the very best of international writing with this beautiful chamber piece, which seems tailor-made for the intimacy of the Herald Theatre.
THE PRIDE provokes questions about the benefits of liberation: are we any happier? The constructs of the characters evolve over a 50-year period (for better or worse) in a work of mirrored symmetry that examines the bold sacrifices we sometimes are forced to make for happiness.
“a brave and rewarding drama that speaks to us all.” – THE GUARDIAN, UK
“A tremendously rich and uplifting work.” – TIME OUT, NEW YORK
THE PRIDE plays at the Herald Theatre
Friday 10th August – Saturday 1st September 2012
Monday - Tuesday at 7pm;
Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm
OPEN DIALOGUE: Monday 13th August
TWENTYSOMETHING: Thursday 16th August
Tickets: $25.00 - $49.00 (service fees apply)
Tickets available through THE EDGE – 0800 BUY TICKETS or www.silotheatre.co.nz