NO SHORTAGE OF TARGETS AT THIS FESTIVE PARTY
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS: Christmas with Celia
Written by James Nokise
Directed by Anya Tate-Manning
The No Fefe Collective
at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington
From 10 Dec 2013 to 14 Dec 2013
Reviewed by Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media], 12 Dec 2013
originally published in The Dominion Post
It's Christmas and Celia is having a party and her only guests, apart from the audience, are all politicians. The only drink on offer is organic eggnog, which isn't quite strong enough for Winston.
The entertainment she offers is simple. There's a very brief reading from ‘A Christmas Cawol', some presents under the tree for two lucky audience members, a couple of songs (one by Winston), and a visit from three unwise men.
But she seems to be uncertain of her role as mayor, continually looking for support and advice from unlikely politicians. Like Martin Luther King she has a dream which includes a monorail from the Beehive to the hospital so MPs won't have to deal with taxi drivers spilling the dirt about their drunken behaviour.
There are jokes about all the usual topics - Green issues, Transmission Gully, the Basin Reserve flyover, the possibility of a Super City, cycle lanes – and many which sent the audience into great roars of laughter as Kate McGill, sporting a shiny red wig and riding a bike, ran the gamut of outrageous comic exaggerations and sending up the Mayor's Maori and Pasifica would-be connections to perfection.
Three of the MPs are all played by Allan Henry who appears as a severe Fran Wilde as well as Paul Eagle and Winston (in silhouette he looks exactly like him). He is joined in the final sections of this short revue by the Prime Minister, David Cunliffe, David Shearer and one I didn't catch because of too much laughter.
The finale is a bit shambolic and under rehearsed but it's the sort of show where it doesn't matter and in fact enhances the silliness and the fun and doesn't get in the way of the occasional satirical dart.
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