YOU CAN ALWAYS HAND THEM BACK
a play by Roger Hall with music and lyrics by Peter Skellern
Directed by Jane Waddell
at Circa One, Wellington
From 23 Feb 2013 to 30 Mar 2013
Reviewed by: John Smythe;
“See it or miss something special” – Manawatu Standard
“If I'd known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I'd have had them first.” – Lois Wyse
Following a sell-out season at Palmerston North's Centrepoint Theatre last year, Circa is proud to present You Can Always Hand Them Back. Written by New Zealand's most successful and much-loved playwright Roger Hall, he collaborates for the first time with distinguished British musician and song-writer, Peter Skellern (‘You're a Lady'; ‘Love is The Sweetest Thing').
Director Jane Waddell continues her long association with Roger Hall – her first show at Circa was Middle Age Spread and since then she has appeared in ten of Roger's plays and four of his Pantos. She also directed Taking Off for The Fortune Theatre.
You Can Always Hand Them Back follows couple Maurice and Kath whose kids have left home, the nest is empty, they're enjoying retirement and being by themselves. However, grandchildren arrive thrusting them into a role they find delightful, inspirational, and exhausting. Never more apt is the saying: “You love to see them come; and you love to see them go.”
Lynda Milligan and George Henare return to play their original roles as Maurice and Kath and in this new production talented Wellington musician Tom McLeod joins them on piano.
This is vintage Hall, with his usual gift of providing instantly recognizable situations with a lot of laughs and just a few touching moments. Together with Skellern's gorgeous songs which are witty, poignant and hilarious it will provide a night of great entertainment in the theatre.
No grandparent will want to miss it, and no would-be grandparent should
SEASON: 23 FEBRUARY – 30 MARCH
Performance Times: Tues & Wed 6.30pm, Thurs to Sat 8pm
Tickets: $25 - $46
$25 SPECIALS – Friday 22nd February (Sunday 24th SOLD OUT)
Bookings: (04) 801 7992 www.circa.co.nz
Pre-show dinner available at Encore – phone 801 7996
TOM McLEOD on piano
Set Design: Andrew Foster
Lighting Design: Marcus McShane
Costume Design: Sheila Horton
Choreography: Luke Hanna