by Ashton Brown and Kat Glass
Director: Luke Thornborough
Iím Not Content Productions
at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 2 Oct 2012 to 6 Oct 2012
Reviewed by: Johnny Givins;
The team who brought you the sell-out success of Love is a Street Fight in February 2012, is back with their first full length production!
Creative duo Ashton Brown and Kat Glass formed their Theatre and Production Company - I'm Not Content Productions - together in 2011 as a platform for emerging talent. Now they are bringing their own writing to life with their production of Bucket Boy at The Basement Theatre, running from October 2nd to 6th.
The script is described as a quirky psychological drama. The story follows central character Noah Situla as he finds himself reliving the same day 99 times. Noah must discover why he is reliving this day; how he can end the cycle; and why on earth everyone seems to be calling him 'Bucket Boy'.
It integrates multimedia, original music, and creative staging to tell a story of love, loss, and acceptance. Writers Ashton and Kat cite their influences as including; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, and The Wizard of Oz.
The concept and script was written “50/50” by both Ashton and Kat and, though both have had numerous short plays performed, this is the first full length play either of them has written. “We knew that we wanted to write a full length play together, so we began with just the title of ‘Bucket Boy', pitched a very rough concept to The Basement, got our cast on board, and gave ourselves 9 months to develop, write, rehearse, and produce a play. It has been an incredible challenge.”
Bucket Boy is brought to life by a stellar cast of five:
Courtney Abbot (star of NZ television series Girl vs. Boy),
Tom Kane (Ladies Night, Motel Nights),
Jonathan P Riley (Makigi, This Kitchen is Not Imaginary),
Kat Glass (Love is a Street Fight, Inviting Caroline), and
Ashton Brown (Love is a Street Fight, Well Hung, Legless ).
Director Luke Thornborough (The Crucible, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III) has taken on the challenge of helming the unusual concept, and members of progressive rock band ‘Outside In' have composed an original score specifically for the script.
Ashton and Kat say that “The script could be described as filmic – it's quite grand in scope in that it doesn't follow the usual theatrical confines of one or two locations, and depicts the events of 99 days in an hour and a half. We tried not to let the traditional limitations of theatre suppress our ideas. As a result, it's been really amazing to innovatively find ways as a team to stage it. We're really excited to be bringing our production to Auckland audiences.”
Aucklanders can catch Bucket Boy at The Basement Studio from October 2nd to 6th. Tickets are limited so get in quick!
WHEN: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th October, 2012
START: 7pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
WHERE: The Basement Studio, Greys Ave, Auckland CBD
TICKETS: Through i TICKET
STARRING: Ashton Brown, Kat Glass, Tom Kane, Jonathan P Riley, Courtney Abbot, and special guest Simon Clark
STAGE MANAGER: Amber Molloy
LIGHTING DESIGN: Michael Forkert
SET DESIGN: Luke Thornborough and Sam Mence