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Duel: A Question Of Dreams & Reality

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What: A question of dreams and reality…

Where: Te Whaea Basement Theatre
11 Hutchinson Road, Newtown, Wellington

When: February 19 – February 23 2002, 8pm

Why: part of the Fringe Festival 2002

How: $14 Adults $10 Concession $7 Fringe Members

Winner of the 2001 New Zealand Young Playwright’s Competition, Sonal Patel is back with a new play for the 2002 Fringe Festival.

Witty wordplay reverberates in Duel, the fifth of Patel’s plays to attract the support of Playmarket New Zealand. Under the guidance of some of New Zealand's leading playwrights and directors, Sonal promises to be one playwright to keep your eyes on over the coming years.

Her winning entry from the 2000 Playwright’s Competition, Remote, was successfully produced in last year’s fringe festival under the astute direction of Katherine McRae (Serial Killers, The Censor).

Sonal turns her hand to all aspects of the theatre. Sonal can regularly be found at a collection of Wellington theatres designing and operating lighting, dangling from ladders and running after actors in a bid to give them their next cue!

Duel places two men in a kind of no-man's-land where one thinks his experiences there are part of the dream and the other thinks it's real. Whoever is right will hold the other's life in their hands.

Performances of Duel will take place in the Te Whaea Basement Theatre in Wellington, a challenging space that will be as much as part of the performance as the wit and humour that will be ricocheting off the walls.

Duel stars Leon Verrall and Andrew Aspen, two young Wellington actors. Not content to simply write the play, Sonal makes her debut as a director in this year’s Fringe Festival.

Duel pits the worlds of dreams and reality against each other – bullets are guaranteed to fly!


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