02/04/2013 - 13/04/2013
‘WTF’ creator brings star-studded show to Auckland.
Award winning Writer and Director – set to thrill.
‘Young New Zealander of the year’ Top 10 Semi-finalist and acclaimed writer and director of the internationally received ‘The Idea of America’; Sam Shore, is set to bring Caryl Churchill’s multiple award winning script ‘Cloud 9’ to Auckland – and he’s not the only talent helming this ship.
Shore brings together a plethora of New Zealand’s finest talents, in what is sure to be one of the theatre events of 2013. Screen and Stage veterans Donogh Rees and Jacque Drew, lead a practically perfect cast, while the Dominion Posts “Kiwi Musician to watch” and ‘2012 NZSO National Youth Orchestra Composer’, Alex Taylor, will bring his musical prowess to the production.
Cloud 9 is one of the most successful comedy’s to emerge out of England in the last thirty years, with a focus on changing perspectives of social standards and relationships. After premiering in London, it quickly became an off-Broadway hit. The New York Times quoted as saying “I really don’t know when I’ve had more fun.”
Sam Shore, also known for creating 2012’s WTF campaign (Link), which made international media headlines, says the play is full of laughs, but also strong in its ability to change attitudes and behaviours.
“Cloud 9 is bitingly funny. But underneath the laughter it takes a vivid snapshot of society’s prejudices. This is a play that challenges stereotype’s, especially around sexuality and gender. It’s very intelligent and very, very funny.”
Set in colonial Africa and late 20th century Britain, the play explores relationships – between women and men, men and men, women and women. It is about sex, work, mothers, Africa, power, children, grandmothers, politics, money and Queen Victoria, presented in an unforgettable juxtaposition of satire, farce, high and low comedy and uncompromising prose that is as funny and as disturbing as when it first appeared on our stage in the 1980s.
2 – 12 April, 8pm
Tickets available from Iticket
CAST AND CHARACTERS
Betty – Steven Anthony-Maxwell
Clive – David Capstick
Maud – Donogh Rees
Ellen – Genevieve Cohen
Mrs. Saunders – Renee Lyons
Joshua – Francis Mountjoy
Edward – Jacque Drew
Harry Bagley – Joel Herbert
Betty – Jacque Drew
Cathy – David Capstick
Victoria – Donogh Rees
Solider – Genevieve Cohen
Martin – Joel Herbert
Edward – Steven Anthony-Maxwell
Gerry – Francis Mountjoy
Lin – Renee Lyons
Set/Design – Isobel Dryburgh/Sam Shore
Lighting Design – Ruby Reihana-Wilson
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Review by Matt Baker 04th Apr 2013
Cross-gender and cross-racial casting, an era-specific time relocation, and characters represented by dolls or never seen at all are three fundamental theatrical constructs employed by Caryl Churchill to present the themes of sexuality, oppression, and identity in her 1979 play, Cloud 9. Such constructs illustrate said themes to the audience in a blatant and purposeful way, but it would be wrong to consequently conclude that the play is in any way easy to perform or direct. Director Sam Shore dutifully honours the themes and motifs by tackling the play head on with an ensemble of eight incredibly charismatic and versatile actors – versatility being a key component.
While each actor is double cast between the two acts, having one character which resonates with them more so than the other, Stephen Anthony Maxwell shines as both Betty and Edward. Maxwell brings a broken quality to Betty, juxtaposing the fluidity of his movement, and pitches his performance with the right amount of necessary melodrama while maintaining an emotional truth. As Edward, he brings a weight which echoes the emotional trauma of act one. [More]
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