Green Room

Cross Street Studios, Auckland

10/09/2009 - 12/09/2009

Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

16/03/2010 - 20/03/2010

Production Details

A drunken Power-Ranger, an earnest thief, a wounded thespian.

An American feature-film has come to town. Employment brings together three young actors, a gorgeous make-up girl and a cast-driver with a score to settle.

Given costumes, a line, and their own green room, our three hopefuls – Ryan, Nic and Ash – set about combating endless hours of waiting on set. Excitement turns to boredom which soon gives way to erratic acts of jealousy, betrayal and vengeance – that threaten to ruin their dreams and the very production of the film. Watch three decent guys unintentionally and triple-handedly fuck everything up.

Strap in for a turbulent ride through the warped imaginations of this multi-talented triumvirate. Wit, slap-stick and pathos meet puppeteering, genre-bending and an irate American. Directed by Peter Feeney, this new NZ comedy piece will be mounted in Los Angeles coinciding with the release of the feature film, The Warriors Way.

10th 11th and 12th September
8:00pm @ Cross Street Studios – 27 Cross Street, Newton, Auckland.


Tuesday 16th – Sunday 28th March 2010
The Basement , Lower Greys Ave, Auckland CBD

Tues 16 – Weds 17 March: Battered 7pm 
Thurs 18 – Sat 20 March: Pro-Posing 7pm 
Tues 16 – Sat 20 March: Green Room 8pm
Tues 23 – Sat 27 March: Wallflower & Shafted 7pm
Tues 23 – Sat 27 March: The Idea of America 8:30pm & Sun 28 March 2:00pm.

Door sales are available at The Basement Box Office one hour prior to the start of each show.

Cross Street season
Lighting Design and Operation: Barnaby Frederick

Basement season
Ryan Richards, Nic Sampson and Byron Coll

Lighting Design and Technical Operation by Michael Craven 
Music by Joseph Moore


A good amoral, escapist laugh

Review by Nik Smythe 17th Mar 2010

It’s clear Kiwi actors working as extras on an American film shoot have more time on the hands than is good for them…   

A fairly shallow story about three shameless, ruthless, hapless young louts and their unending rivalry to get the girl, the line, the good hat, Green Room’s charm is in the droll performances of the protagonists as they feverishly undertake their self-serving agendas. There are a few clever twists, some not unpredictable but still satisfying in a way.

The action goes down (mainly) in the green room of a locally produced international film. Three plucky lads, just extras in the project at this stage, hustle and scheme to milk this would-be Hollywood scene for all it’s worth…

As original devisors of the piece, Ryan Richards and Nic Sampson’s characters’ names are the same as their own, implying a similar autobiographical absurdism to that which Tom Sainsbury brought to last November’s My London Sojourn. Byron Coll’s role retains the nomenclature of the third creator Ashley Jones, the more lovable that is to say, least detestable fellow in the trio.

Nic and Ryan have their own reasons for believing themselves the more important – Self-proclaimed ‘Mr. Sensitive’ Ryan has played numerous musical theatre leads, and I’m definitely not spoiling anything in revealing that overbearing egoist Nic was a core cast Power Ranger; therefore an alleged celebrity. Ash has no such claims to fame or aspiration to unmitigated greatness – he just wants to buzz out to Nic’s trippy electronic iPod music.

One ambition he does share with the lads is making quality time with the pretty make-up girl Emma, admirably performed ostensibly by a platinum blonde string-headed mop. They’re also keen for any interaction they can score with the film’s lead actor, an Oscar winner named Grant Rushmore, who has the clout to make their careers, or break them. 

The one other character to appear in the play is the cast driver Bruce, perhaps the most well-rounded because he’s played intermittently by all three cast members. I particularly enjoy the way the cast plays up the role-switching with Bruce, going so far as to mime the car doors and seat belts as they swap around. Pointless genius! 

If you’re after a good amoral, escapist laugh, especially if you’re involved the industry yourself, you might find the catharsis you’re looking for in Green Room.
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Waiting for stardom

Review by James Amos 12th Sep 2009

Three actors in a room … they are waiting … waiting for something … But what? A chance to shine! To perform in the next big American film being made right here in the land of the long white cloud.

Ryan Richards, Nic Sampson and Ash Jones play themselves in this fantastic low budget display of comic talent. The play is about boredom and what we do to fill it; about ego and competition; about cruelty; about our inner most fears …

It is coming this summer (well for three nights only actually, ends Saturday) to a theatre near you (Cross Street Studios only to be precise). Green Room starring Nic the ‘seasoned pro’, Ryan the ‘dandy boy’ (both self-proclaimed players) and Ash  the ‘innocent’.

The guys spend their time in the green room waiting to get on set and it’s made clear that in film it’s common to be waiting for days on end to perform for but a few minutes. These boys spend their time trying to uphold their egos in the face of frequent belittlings and rejections both at the hands of their ‘staunch as’ Yankee driver, Emma their make up lady and, of course, each other. 

The way they these characters interact is just a joy to watch. They are brave and open and they really let you in … The Cross Street space is so intimate and one gets the sense these guys have had a fair degree of on screen experience, both in their performances and in all the industry-savvy in-jokery which (on opening night) is certainly not lost on the audience. Although I don’t recognise anybody, I get the feeling I’m amongst some pretty lofty company.

I also love the direction of Peter Feeney. The way everything flows is just great; the comic moments are subtle and they really draw me in. However the show does feel a little longer than it really is (running time 1 hour). Some of the devices used are too repetitive and at times the change in story direction is a little contrived.

It has a devised sense about it. Nothing wrong with that but it makes me think that Ash, the straight man, is a little under utilised. I am guessing it’s hard to actively improv a passive character; I’d like to see him involved a bit more.

In conclusion this show is really fun and reminds me of Ricky Gervais’ Extras. I highly recommend it!
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