Thursday July 20, 2017
Returning to theatre after nearly two decades By Emma McAuliffe
Pete Edge would be designing the sound for A Doll’s House. PHOTO: Emma McAuliffe
An Island Bay resident has returned to the theatre after 15 years of working around film. Pete Edge would be designing the sound and composing the score for A Doll’s House, which opens at Circa Theatre on August 5. A Doll’s House is an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play of the same name, written by New Zealander Emily Perkins and set in modern day New Zealand. Pete said it was director Kather ine McRae who brought him back after over a decade away. “I think with theatre you need both self-belief and stamina and if you lack either of these things you can’t do it,” he explained. “Kathy brought me in as a composer and sound designer. “I’ve got a music al duo called The Gracious Devia nts, we write folky, romantic music. “The music I am doing for A Doll’s House is quite different. “There’s a huge departure from what
I’m used to doing.” I n h i s t i m e away Pe t e worked for Park Road Post Production and now works at Nga Taonga Sound and Vision- the New Zealand Film Archive. “I’ve always been interested in that immersive cinematic style,” he said. “The opportunity to do the music is great and I get to stretch some compositional muscles. “Certainly a lot of things have changed since I was last doing theatre. “Mainly technology- we used to use two CD Players but now they’ve employed a whole lot of stuff to create the effects.” Pete said he had enjoyed the return to theatre however, would wa it to decide on whether he would do any more shows. “There’s always the fear that it’s been a long time between drinks but the process has been great, it was like stepping into an old pair of shoes. “There’s a great bunch of actors. It’s really great to be coming back into theatre and to feel supported. “I’m definitely excited about designing my fi rst show in a while, it’s going to be good.”
10,000th visitor to He Tohu The new He Tohu exhibition at the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa celebrated its 10,000th visitor recently. Twelve-year-old twins from Gisborne, were jointly given the honour of being the 10,000th and 10,001st visitors. He Tohu, a new permanent exhibition of New Zealand’s iconic constitutional documents, opened to the public on May 20. Since then over 1,000 school children have come through the doors, along with teachers, families, overseas dignitaries and international and local tourists.
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