Thursday November 16, 2017
When dreams grow wings By Julia Czerwonatis
Peter Pan and the troublesome Tinkerbell whisk Wendy away to the wondrous world of Neverland for this season’s pantomime production at Circa Theatre. With Peter Pan – The Pantomime, Pinky Agnew and Lorae Parry bring the children’s classic as a musical comedy designed for families on the Wellington stage. Director Susan Wilson and musical director Michael Nicholas Williams combine forces once again to bring you the annual,
eagerly awaited Circa Pantomime. Local actors Ben Emerson and Manuel Solomon will star the Lost Boys, Peter Pan’s companions in Neverland who go on astounding adventures together, fight the cunning crocodile and the crooked Captain Hook, and never grow old. “Our roles are the Lost Boys; the young, exuberant, liberating part of the play – we are larger than life,” Ben says. “We’re heading off to Neverland in a comical foil – the story told through the wacky eyes of the dame played by Gavin Ruther-
ford.” The dame is a traditional role in pantomime. It is a travesty portrayal of female characters by male actors in drag. “The play is full of terms and tunes associated with Wellington; there’s a lot of pop culture, there are the latest developments relevant to Kiwis living in the capital told on stage in a silly and poppy way,” Ben explains. Ben’s fellow Lost Boy Manuel says he loved his role in the Peter Pan play. “Who wouldn’t want to be a lost
boy and never grow up...though I do like having a mum,” he says. The actor from Island Bay was trained as at Toi Whakaari, graduating in 2012. Manuel is already familiar with the Circa stage having performed in the premiere season of The Beautiful Ones. At the start of this year, he staged in The Undertow quartet by Te Rakau theatre company which included The Ragged, Dog & Bone, Public Works and The Landeaters. Manuel enjoys furthering his skills with Peter Pan and its
competent cast. “It’s great to learn much from other experienced colleagues. We are rehearsing six days a week at the moment and putting a lot of effort into it. “It’s such a rewarding feeling when all the pieces of your work link together. Peter Pan will be on the Circa Theatre stage from Nov 18-Dec 23, and Jan 2-13. Tues to Sat at 6pm, and Sun at 4pm. Tickets can be booked at the theatre, at circa. co.nz or on 04 801 7992.
Homegrown web series depicts quirky life in the ‘burbs A new fictional web series promises to poke the borax at Wellington’s suburbs. The Burbs is very much centred on the eastern and southern suburbs that the Cook Strait News covers – Newtown, Seatoun, Rongotai, Brooklyn, Happy Valley, Miramar and Strathmore Park all feature in the two five-part series - along with Aro Valley, which features two episodes. Production designer and co-producer Rosie Remmerswaal says
each episode is between seven and 12 minutes long and is based on things that are often imagined about the suburb – but to an exaggerated and even fantasised level. The first season features an episode in Owhiro Bay that centred on a jock having a Tinder date with a mermaid. An episode in Strathmore Park depicts a feud between two drag queens, while the Seatoun instalment tells the story of a woman who ends up in a house party
hosted by the Whore of Babylon. Rosie says the genre throughout each series is “dark comedy” and done in a style that would resonate with local viewers. “The writers, actors and producers are all Wellingtonians or ex-Wellingtonians,” she says. “It would cater to the local comunities and audiences with family connections. It’s like a localised soap opera.” The web series is a reflection of the do-it-yourself attitude of young filmmakers who are
taking advantage of the ease of modern video technology and the ubiquity of the internet. “Most of us began working together a few years ago when we met through mutual friends on a team for the 48 Hour Film Festival,” Rosie explains. “It’s an independent production, mostly self-funded, subsidised by a little crowd-funding and merchandise sales. “We decided to do it that way instead of asking for applications. “We steal time wherever we can
find it and get together to film episodes on weekends. “Ultimately it is a labour of love, and a love letter to Wellington and its charismatic little divisions.” A third season is in the works and Rosie says the team are always keen to hear more secrets and stories from the suburbs. Those with ideas can email them: firstname.lastname@example.org. The 10 episodes can be viewed on Youtube via the website burbs.tv.
International Christmas Fair at Homewood To benefit Save the Children Saturday 25 November 2017 11.00am to 3.00pm Stalls, Devonshire Teas, Sausage Sizzle, Family Entertainment EFTPOS available
Admission By Gold Coin Donation At The Gate 50 Homewood Avenue, Karori
Crew members of Wellington-centred dark comedy web series Burbs, from left: Andrew Galt (gaffer), Laura Robinson (writerr) Orion Holder-Monk (director of photography), Rosie Remmerswaal (production designer) and Stella Reid (director). The latter four are all co-producers. PHOTO: Jess Charlton
Cook Strait News 16-11-17