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Thursday July 27, 2017

It’s a dog life for an actor By Emma McAuliffe

A Newtown actor will be putting his paws to work next week as he takes to the stage as a dog. Greg Robins will be one of five actors playing dual roles in Gary Henderson’s Peninsula to be staged by Wellington Repertory Theatre. The play is set in Duvauchelle Bay, Banks Peninsula, in the summer of 1964, and captures the magic of a rural New Zealand childhood of the time. It transcends its specific time and location and examines themes, still topical today, of bullying, domestic violence, infidelity, small-town attitudes, gossip and prejudice. Greg said he was looking forward to playing the both the dog and the teacher, a man new to town. The characterisation of the dog, however, proved to be more challenging. “It’s pretty odd playing a dog,” he said. “I’ve had to look up videos of dogs on YouTube and I’ve looked at my friend’s dog. “It’s not the easiest thing to do; you just have to think about what a dog is doing and thinking. “When you’re an actor playing a human you have to react to what the other people are doing on stage, but when you’re a dog you can just do your own thing. It’s quite liberating.” Greg said this was his first play

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Greg Robins (standing) will be playing a dog in Wellington Repertory Theatre’s production of Peninsula. PHOTO: Supplied.

with Wellington Repertory Theatre and he had been drawn to the play through Gary Henderson’s script. “This play is so well written. “It’s a challenging role and it’s a beautifully crafted slice of life of the 1960s rural New Zealand. “It speaks to a lot of current issues as well and it’s also a very funny play, sometimes we roll around laughing in rehearsals.”

 Peninsula runs from Wednesday, August 2 to Saturday, August 12 (excluding Monday) at the Gryphon Theatre, Ghuznee Street. Production times vary. To book tickets, head to www. wellingtonrepertory.org.nz/ bookings, email bookings@ wellingtonrepertory.org.nz or call 479 3393. Tickets prices are $25 waged, $20 unwaged, $20 for pre-paid groups of 10 or more.

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