September 2, 2009
From the opening minutes when Tom and Elizabeth ran on to the stage and started fighting, to the final moment when they left, hand in hand, Skin Tight held me spellbound.
I laughed, I gasped, I sighed, I cried.
The play is set in rural South Canterbury. Tom and Elizabeth remember their childhoods, the war – he in Egypt, she left at home – his return, their move to the farm and their life there. The story was compelling, the characters real.
Sia Trokenheim and Matt Hudson held my attention for every second of the hour they were on stage. Jim Henderson’s appearance was brief but moving.
Gary Henderson’s play was inspired by Denis Glover’s poem The Magpies, It is funny and sad, entertaining and enthralling.
Skin Tight was directed by Jon Pheloung and performed in the Oamaru Opera House in association with the Court Theatre and Arts on Tour NZ.
If you have an opportunity to see it, grab it.
February 11, 2009
The restoration and refurbishment of Oamaru’s Opera House attracted the usual angst and opposition which attends the spending of large amounts of ratepayers’ money.
While mindful of the need to be very careful with other people’s money, I didn’t want to be part of the generation which let the 100 year old building fall down and I thought there was no sense spending vast amounts on an expensive monument. If it was worth preserving it was worth restoring so it could be used.
More than enough people shared this view to commit to fundraising initiatives which added to donations from trusts, sponsorship and Lotteries contributed towards the $10 million project.
The completion of the refurbishment is about to be marked with a two-week festival of events which ranges through music, comedy, sport, politics, religion, alcohol and whatever Confessions of a Pop Tart, with the Funky Hot Mamas provides.
The programme includes a gala showcase ; a debate between local and central government politicians including Jim Hopkins and Rodney Hide; the Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra; a church service; the Court Theatre’s Scared Scriptless; Last Night of the Proms; Beer with the Boys; and an evening with Sarah Ulmer.