DEFINITION OF ME
written and performed by Alexander Sparrow, Stevie Hancox-Monk, George Fenn and Charlie Pleasants
at Private Home (directions given upon booking), Wellington
From 4 Mar 2013 to 9 Mar 2013
Reviewed by: John Smythe;
Definition of a good play
Definition of Me, a play devised by local students, premieres as part of the New Zealand Fringe Festival on 4th March. Definition of Me is written and performed by Alexander Sparrow, Stevie Hancox-Monk, George Fenn and Charlie Pleasants.
Sparrow and Hancox-Monk have both performed at the Globe Theatre in London as part of SGCNZ YSC; Sparrow in 2011 and Hancox-Monk in 2012.
Definition of Me follows four people through their lives from childhood to old age and everything in between. Sparrow said, “It was an experiment – to cover four life spans is challenging. The end product is theatre that covers heartbreak, comedy, illness and everything that encompasses humanity.”
Performed in a flat, the intimate setting works well with the personal nature of Definition of Me – some of the script was inspired by the performers' lives. “Improvising scenes as the start could be either uplifting or upsetting. People can relate to this because it's what life is like,” said Sparrow, “and we want people to see life through the eyes of others.”