10 September 2012

Do you have fond memories of a Kiwi childhood? Or remember Dinah Lee's smash hit "The Blue Beat"? The Times reviewer gave this play five stars and audiences are loving Gary Henderson’s 60s Kiwi drama Peninsula, a play that “distills an unremarkable Kiwi childhood to its heartfelt essence with exquisite style”, making “the ordinary universal, timeless and extraordinary", wrote reviewer John Smythe. Declared a “New Zealand classic” when it played at the NZ International Arts Festival earlier this year, this extraordinary and highly original modern work is now open for a three-week season. Read the H&P Times previewSet in 1964 in the rural settlement of Duvauchelle Bay, Banks Peninsula, the story involves 10-year-old Michael Hope who is inspired by a new year and a new teacher and sets out to map his home ground, charting his history in the sheltering hills and bush. But rumblings in the adult world encroach into his life, throwing his universe into chaos. A feast for the imagination, Peninsula fuses light, sound, space and language into story magic. 

Adding to the excitement surrounding the play’s Auckland debut is a collaborative set design that resulted from a four-day workshop led by top theatre designer and arts laureate John Parker, with funding from the Creative Communities NZ scheme. Under John’s guidance, the participants arrived at a brilliantly imaginative “in the round” design that is sure to wow audiences. The play is being directed by Howick resident Terry Hooper, who trained at the Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama in the UK before working as a professional actor/director in Europe.


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