Attila the Hun

Underground Market, 171George St, Dunedin

19/09/2018 - 22/09/2018

Production Details

Venturing into a fast food restaurant past midnight might feel like you are entering into a dangerous and alien world.

But spare a thought for the poor souls who have to flip the burgers for the drunken masses.  Spare a thought for those who cannot fix the milkshake machine when accosted by skinheads at the drive-thru counter.  Spare a thought for those who cannot stop Banksy-wannabees drawing male genitalia on corporate advertising.

Spare a thought for those who believe they are the legendary warrior Attila the Hun, true leader of the late night crew.

At the tail end of our acclaimed inaugural programme, Arcade Theatre Company signs off 2018 with this locally written fast food farce.

Shows start at 9pm.

Tickets available from Arcade Theatre 
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The Late Night Crew

Kate Schrader - Jo

Orion-Carey Clark - Attila the Hun

Sofian Scott - Tom Cruise

Rebecca Thompson - Mary-Anne

Harrison Kennedy - Ian

The General Public

Shaun Swain

Heidi Geissler

Kat Kennedy



Production Manager - Jasper Ririnui

Stage Manager - Anisha C. Hensley Wilson

Lighting Designer - Anna Sinton

Set Designer - Shannon van Rooijen

Set Builder - Alex Martyn

Costume Design - Courtney Drummond

Graphic Design - Angus McBryde

Theatre ,

1 hour

'Caustic satire' a hilarious success

Review by Barbara Frame 23rd Sep 2018

Different management styles. Jo (Kate Schrader), recently appointed as duty manager at Fat Burger and brimming with self-importance and fake confidence, is keen on sticking to the rule book and the kinds of team building you learn about in business courses.

Attila the Hun (Orion-Carey Clark), an unsuccessful contender for the job, prefers more barbaric measures such as coercion, violence and mortal combat.

The other staff are not an easy lot to manage. Tom Cruise (Sofian Scott) copes admirably with endless and unoriginal jibes about his name, until he doesn’t – deep-fried name badge, anyone? [More


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A razor sharp commentary on the pressures of modern life

Review by Kate Timms-Dean 20th Sep 2018

What do you get when you cross a late-night burger bar with Attila the Hun? A belly ache, that’s what you get, and that’s just from the laughing!

Orion-Carey Clark (Attila) takes the stage by storm with his powerful rendition of one of history’s most infamous bad guys. But despite the love and respect bestowed on him by his colleagues, Anne-Marie (Rebecca Thompson), Ian (Harrison Kennedy) and Tom Cruise (Sofian Scott), colleague Jo (Kate Shrader) is appointed the new duty manager and people are not happy. 

Gags abound as Jo attempts to master her new job, following the rulebook to the letter. But when she is thwarted by the colourful late night guests of Fat Burger (Shaun Swain, Heidi Geissler and Kat Kennedy) and her own staff, things start to unravel with hilarious consequences.

With all the hilarity and belly-laughs, it is easy to mistake Attila the Hun for pulp humour, but writer Abby Howell has plumbed the depths of human emotion, exploring concepts of identity and objectification: strands that run through the work, deftly highlighted by director Alex Wilson and cast.  

As each character grapples with the uncomfortable sensation of seeing themselves in the eyes of others, the themes of identity and self-love are examined through their disparate experiences. This is no truer of any than Attila, a young man living with psychosis as a reaction to the trauma of his mother’s death.

Despite his demons and his bizarre sense of self, the audience is also aware of the respect bestowed on him by his colleagues, signalling that, although we might fear what others see in us, often this is at the expense of the love that others have for us despite our insecurities.

Well-crafted, beautifully delivered and full of laughter and depth, Attila the Hun is a razor sharp commentary on the pressures of modern life. Bravo!


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