THE MOTOR CAMP
by Dave Armstrong, based on a story by Danny Mulheron
directed by Ross Jolly
at Centrepoint, Palmerston North
From 3 Nov 2012 to 15 Dec 2012
Reviewed by: John Ross; Richard Mays;
Centrepoint Theatre ushers in the Christmas holidays with immensely popular Kiwi summer comedy The Motor Camp, which opens on 3 November.
Frank Redmond (Christopher Brougham) is a liberal university literacy lecturer, who arrives at the Windmill Motor Camp with his wife Jude (Danielle Mason) and reluctant teenage daughter Holly (Lucy Lever) in tow. To Frank's dismay, parked next door at the campground are loudmouthed redneck Mike Hislop (Greg Johnson), Mike's cocktail loving, social climbing partner Dawn (Raquel Sims) and her adolescent, hormone-flooded son Jarod (Nathan Mudge).
The Motor Camp is an hilarious take on that most treasured New Zealand summer pastime: the great Kiwi camping holiday. Or, more specifically, what happens when it all goes ever-so-slightly pear shaped. From the pen of popular Kiwi writer Dave Armstrong (The Tutor, Le Sud, Seven Periods With Mr Gormsby) and based on a story by Danny Mulheron, The Motor Camp has been a smash hit up and down the country since it was first commissioned by Circa Theatre. The play has had immensely successful seasons in Auckland and Christchurch and two seasons in Wellington. NOW IT'S OUR TURN!
This season of The Motor Camp brings together an incredibly experienced cast: Nathan, Greg and Lucy all worked together during the Auckland season of the play; and Danielle Mason reprises her role as Jude, which she played for two seasons in Wellington. The newbies to the play – Christopher Brougham and Raquel Sims – are under the watchful eye of seasoned director Ross Jolly.
Jolly describes the play as “funny, fraught, raucous and rude…and all about us” – in other words, the perfect way to end the year and welcome the summer.
The Motor Camp
Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North
3 November – 15 December 2012
Bookings on 354 5740 or via the website: www.centrepoint.co.nz
PLEASE NOTE: This production contains adult language and content
Christopher Brougham as Frank;
Greg Johnson as Mike;
Lucy Lever as Holly;
Danielle Mason as Jude;
Nathan Mudge as Jarod;
Raquel Sims as Dawn
Ross Jolly – Director;
Phillip Dexter – Lighting Designer;
John Hodgkins – Set Designer
Gillie Coxill – Costume Designer