OFF THE WALL AND OCCASIONALLY VERY FUNNY
THE YETI TRILOGY
Written by Natalie Medlock, Thomas Sainsbury & Daniel Musgrove
Directed by Sophie Roberts
Produced by Martyn Wood
The Moving Theatre Company
at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington
From 27 Aug 2013 to 31 Aug 2013
Reviewed by Laurie Atkinson, 29 Aug 2013
originally published in The Dominion Post
The Yeti Trilogy is totally off the wall, silly, crude, determinedly non-PC, and occasionally very funny. It has been given an appropriately rough and ready production that allows the preposterous plot to develop over two hours without hindrance of such highfalutin concepts as sophistication and taste.
Its soap opera plot concerns Yeti from the Himalayas in search of the New Zealand experience. Having seen the usual tourist sights she ends up in Auckland sharing a flat with the unhappily married Tom and Yvette.
Tom soon finds her soft white fur and her cutesy baby voice arousing and he gets carried away with the idea that he is the hero Han Solo when he discovers Yeti is writing a film script.
Yvette and Tom's mum, who is after valuable pelts, decide that Yeti has to go but over Tom's dead body and Yeti ends up in a coma and when she eventually recovers she hikes it off back to the Himalayas where she meets up with Simon, a male Yeti with a soft German accent.
Simon and Yeti go hibernating and then Tom arrives on tennis rackets for shoes in the Himalayas but his fitness to climb in the mountains is suspect as the most exercise he has ever taken is the short walk from the lazy boy to the fridge.
It all ends disastrously but then they all appear on The Chris Parker Show, which has a remarkable similarity to ITV's The Jeremy Kyle Show in which Chris, like Jeremy, encourages emotional and physical confrontations. In the end the audience is called into make a judgement on the family and their entanglements.
All five actors throw themselves into this madcap story with élan but it is Thomas Sainsbury who carries the show with a very funny performance: his attempt at a showy, modish, sexy dance is brilliantly sustained as is his histrionic emotional breakdown which has to be extended to cover the lengthy scene change behind him are comic highlights. He is not only a prolific playwright but also a talented comic actor.
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