ONEONESIX - 116 Bank Street, Whangarei

15/10/2022 - 16/10/2022

Production Details

Written by Richard Curtis & Ben Elton
Adapted for the stage by Jason Fraser
Directed by Harley Alexander

Kerikeri Theatre Company

We humbly welcome you to Kerikeri Theatre Company’s production of Blackadder: The Golden Age, inspired by the BBC’s original TV series, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, and starring Rowan Atkinson.

Set in Elizabethan England, Blackadder: The Golden Age is an age-old story of boy meets girl disguised as a boy, boy falls for girl and questions his sexuality, boy owes money, boy is strapped for cash, boy is kidnapped, boy is in danger of losing his head or suffering an agonising death, boy wins girl, boy… well, you know the rest.

ONEONESIX Bank Street Whangarei
15 October 2022
16 October 2022
83,30 pm
$39, $35


Tom Evans
Adam Parmenter
Peter Heath
Lucy Victory
Les Robinson
Lloyd Jerome
Camilla Bergman
Will Henley
Vivian Thonger
Roger Ludbrook
Cath Toomey
Gill West
Isa Hackett

Suzie Hurd
Tracy de Leeuw
Declan Matthews

Production crew:

Teresa Wakelin
Casey Roberts
John Oszajca
Vera Dong

Creative crew:

Harley Alexander
Suzie Hurd
Jenny Blackler
Kylie Penn
Maura Baliie-Bellew

Comedy , Theatre ,

2.5 hours


Review by Stuart Devenie 17th Oct 2022

The thriller was staple fare for West End, Broadway, repertory and amateur companies throughout the English-speaking world for nearly 50 years. It is generally accepted to have been bookended as a genre by Patrick Hamilton’s Rope in 1929 and Anthony Shaffer’s Murderer in 1975. From about this date, production companies and more importantly, audiences, lost interest in the form. The genre withered to virtual invisibility, going the same way as blank verse, city comedies and Victorian melodramas.

New genres emerged: the solo show, agitprop, and physical theatre being merely three among many. One genre which gained a foothold in the 1990s and has a dedicated, if aging audience, is the tv to stage adaptation. Examples include Fawlty Towers, ‘Allo ‘Allo, Are You Being Served, Yes Minister and of course Blackadder. The common feature of the genre is that the stage presentations all derive from English television comedies and have a relatively broad, almost pantomime playing style, often replete with double entendre. Or in the case of Blackadder, single entendre.

The trick of making this genre work for an audience is that the actors must abandon any ideas of creating something original. Unlike Richard III or Hamlet, the audience is not interested in startling new interpretations of Basil Fawlty or Mr. Humphries, thank you very much. We want our beloved characters represented as faithfully as possible without the mediation of a screen. In this the Kerikeri Theatre Company succeeds admirably. In the case of Peter Heath’s Baldrick, spookily so.

The whole very large company of sixteen, to a player, clearly grasps the stylistic demands of the piece, and while the six core cast hold the story together with a good understanding of pitch and pace, the seemingly endless array of zanies presented by the remainder of the company explores the outer reaches of sanity, to the delight of the well-deserved full house. Director Harley Alexander should be well pleased with his work since this kind of company cohesion does not emerge by itself.

No discussion of the presentation would be complete without fulsome acknowledgement of Jenny Blackler, credited as the wardrobe designer and seamstress, and her team. The design and execution of the costumes, down to the smallest detail and the most minor of characters was breathtaking.

The audience had a great time.


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