Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Ellerslie Theatrical Society presents MOTEL

Ellerslie Theatrical Society presents MOTEL


a play written by April Phillips and directed by Bruce Brown
www.ellerslietheatre.co.nz

5 to 14 June 2014

“Motel is a rich and enjoyable piece. It's a treat to spend an evening with these characters, guiltily watching.” Theatreview

There's something a bit creepy about backwater concrete block motels. They feature regularly in horror movies. Most people would rather not have to stay in one, but needs must. Some people use them because they are out of the way. Discretion. Anonymity. No accountability. Lovers have secret liaisons there. Politicians get caught in them.

One seedy motel room, one dubious motel manager, four stories and eight people whose choices highlight the fleeting nature of life, work, love and death.

THE DIRECTOR – BRUCE BROWN

Bruce Brown is a graduate from Unitec’s Performing Arts Bachelor programme. He has been working on theatre for the past 5 years, including being involved as both a writer and director for Short+Sweet Auckland for 4 years. Last year, he received the Best Independent Theatre Company Award for his Short+Sweet 2013 play ‘Staged Madness’ as well as numerous positive reviews. For his Short+Sweet 2012 play ‘Boys’ Outing’, he received the following NZ Herald editorial review: “And Bruce Brown's 10-minute Boys' Outing was a sparkling diamond hidden under the Short+Sweet rug - one of the most adorable revelations of mutual attraction (gay or straight) I've ever seen, well played by young performers Graham Candy and Ryan Dulieu.” - Janet McAllister (NZ Herald, 15/12/12)


Bruce has also been keen supporter of community theatre, having been involved with Ellerslie Theatrical Society for 5 years (the last 4 of these years as a committee member). During this time, he has written and directed two short one-act plays, as well as staging a full-length production of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ in 2012.


IN INTERVIEW – TENZIN WEBER-STEPHENS who plays Ben in Motel, talks to David Blakey.
David: You were cast in this play in an unusual way. Can you tell me what happened?
Tenzin: I was getting off the bus with my friend and was walking past the building when I saw a piece of paper saying ‘Auditions’. I looked at the building, because I had lived in Ellerslie since I was four year years old and never knew that there was a theatre there. I walked into the foyer and was looking at some flyers. The auditions were just wrapping up. Someone came and spoke to me. I told her about myself and she suggested that I come in and audition. I read the script for about five minutes and then read for the part.

David: So you have a background in acting?
Tenzin: I took drama through high school: my last show was Three Sisters by Chekhov. The school also put on musicals and I never thought about them until the head of drama saw me in a Year 13 play and suggested that I auditioned. At university, I was in Stage 2, which is the university theatre group, in a modernized Oedipus.

David: Why does the play appeal to you?
Tenzin: Just how voyeuristic it is, seeing how people behave in private moments, although they are putting up facades and lying. Other plays I’ve been in have just been theatrical. I can relate to my character – in a shocking manner – seeing how people behave in unusual and private scenes.

David: So you like Ben?
Tenzin: He’s decided what he wants to go for, and he’s trying his best. He’s trying to be businesslike, but there’s a twist and he has to deal with the situation when emotions get into it. He exposes himself and becomes vulnerable. People are always putting up masks and he is brave enough to drop his mask and to become open and reveal himself.


PERFORMANCE DATES
Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 June 2014 at 8pm
Sunday 8 June at 2pm
Tuesday 10 June to Friday 13 June 8pm
Saturday 14 June at 2pm and 8pm


BOOKINGS
iTICKET – www.iticket.co.nz or phone 09 361 1000 (booking fee will apply)

TICKETS
Evening $22, Evening Discount $20
Matinee $16, Matinee Discount $13
Discount available to Students with ID, Seniors 65+ years and Community Services card holders

VENUE
Stables Theatre (Ellerslie War Memorial Community Centre, Cnr Main Highway & Arthur St, Ellerslie, Auckland

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Northland By-Election

Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.

On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>

 
 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Climate: Ministers Exclude Emissions From ‘Environment Reporting'

The National Party Government has today revealed that the national environmental report topics for this year will, incredibly, exclude New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

No Retrial: Freedom At Last For Teina Pora

The Māori Party is relieved that the Privy Council has cleared the final legal hurdle for Teina Pora who was wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to prison for 22 years. More>>

ALSO:

Germanwings Crash: Privacy Act Supports Aviation Safeguards In New Zealand

Reports that German privacy laws may have contributed to the Germanwings air crash have prompted New Zealand’s Privacy Commissioner to reassure the public that the Privacy Act is no impediment to medical practitioners notifying appropriate authorities to a pilot’s health concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Taranaki Iwi Ngāruahine Settles Treaty Claims For $67.5mln

The settlement includes a $13.5 million payment the government made in June 2013, as well as land in the Taranaki region. The settlement also includes four culturally significant sites, the Waipakari Reserve, Te Kohinga Reserve, Te Ngutu o te Manu and Te Poho o Taranaki. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Funeral In Asia, The Northland By-Election, And News Priorities

Supposedly, New Zealand’s destiny lies in Asia, and that was one of Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s rationales for his bungled reforms at MFAT. OK. So, if that’s the case why didn’t Prime Minister John Key attend the state funeral on Sunday of Singapore’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew? More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Not Flag-Waving; Flag-Drowning

The panel choosing the flag options has no visual artists at all. Now, I’ve kerned the odd ligature in my time and I know my recto from my French curve so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions before they get past their depth. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Reports: Significant Problems In Police Custody

In releasing two reports today, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has highlighted a number of significant problems with the way in which Police deal with people who are detained in Police cells. More>>

ALSO:

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Inquiry Into GCSB Pacific Allegations

The complaints follow recent public allegations about GCSB activities. The complaints, and these public allegations, raise wider questions regarding the collection, retention and sharing of communications data. More>>

ALSO:

TPPA Investment Leak: "NZ Surrender To US" On Corporates Suing Governments

Professor Jane Kelsey: ‘As anticipated, the deal gives foreign investors from the TPPA countries special rights, and the power to sue the government in private offshore tribunals for massive damages if new laws, or even court decisions, significantly affected their bottom line’. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Myth Of Steven Joyce

Gordon Campbell: The myth of competence that’s been woven around Steven Joyce – the Key government’s “Minister of Everything” and “Mr Fixit” – has been disseminated from high-rises to hamlets, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news