Wednesday August 2, 2017
Small-town attitudes on Wellington’s oldest community theatre stage Hayden (at the top) with Lee Dowsett – both will be staging in Peninsula. PHOTO: Supplied
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By Julia Czerwonatis
Karori local Hayden Rogers will be on stage with the Wellington Repertory Theatre production Peninsula. It’s the 31st time that Hayden, who is the president of the Wellington District Theatre Federation, will get on stage. The play is set in Duvauchelle Bay on 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. Hayden will be one of five actors on stage – each playing an adult and a child and in one case a dog. “The play revolves around a couple of families and their daily lives – the country pub, the small town school, kids fishing in the wharf. “It’s quite an authentic play that is written very honestly,” Hayden explained. “I will be playing a father that has to come to terms that his son won’t be doing the same things he has done.
“It’s quite an interesting role for me because I have boys, too.” Peninsula, written by New Zealand prolific playwright Gary Henderson, will see some well-established actors on stage. Director Annabel Hensley said the play was a great piece of storytelling. “[The] five actors will make you laugh and jolt your memory of people and places that we all once knew well,” she said. Wellington Repertory Theatre is the capital’s oldest community theatre, which celebrated its 90th anniversary last year. It stages several productions each year, providing opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved in theatre, many of whom over the years have gone on to build professional careers in the theatre. 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 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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Independent Herald 02-08-17