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Theatrical Dynamite

Theatrical Dynamite

Kia ora Koutou

Gagarin Way opens tonight at BATS at 7.30pm. This highly verbal and very clever comedy by Gregory Burke stunned audiences when it appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2001) winning a fistful of awards and excellent reviews wherever it played. The New Zealand premiere is directed by Jean Betts and features Simon Vincent, Craig Hall, Malcolm Murray and Kevin Keys. Not to be missed!

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Gagarin Way Season: Wednesday 14 April - Saturday 1 May (no show Sun/Mon) Time: 7.30pm Tickets: $18 full/$12 concession

In the middle of the night in a storeroom in a factory in Fife, Eddie And Gary are going to change the world.

Scottish playwright Gregory Burke's explosive debut play makes its New Zealand premiere at BATS - "I wanted to write a play about the twentieth century, economics, and men; and it turned into Gagarin Way. A comedy. I didn't expect it to be a comedy but when you consider the themes which emerged while I wrote it - Marxist and Hegelian theories of history, anarchism, psychopathology, existentialism, mental illness, political terrorism, nihilism, globalisation and the crisis in masculinity - then it couldn't really be anything else." - Gregory Burke

Multi-award winning director and playwright Jean Betts (The Collective, Fold, The Misandrist, Ophelia Thinks Harder) has amassed a stunning cast featuring Simon Vincent (2003 Chapman Tripp Most Promising Male Newcomer, Fond Love and Kisses, The Platinum Collection), Craig Hall (Red Fish Blue Fish, The Strip, Mercy Peak), Kevin Keys (Fact and Fable, The Real Inspector Hound, Arcadian Nights) and Malcolm Murray (Strata, Knot A Problem, Shortland Street)

blistering, brilliant, crazily confident Š a ton of theatrical dynamite cunningly disguised as a mere Molotov cocktail. It slips down easily and then explodes² ­ The Guardian

Gregory Burke's first play cuts through our crud and shines a light on the festering world sores beneath. And it¹s deadly funny about the mess we are in
-edinburghguide.com ­

- The Stage slick, funny, original and violent (both in language and in deed) and above all theatrically gripping - The Daily Telegraph

- 'a sharpness of social perception matched only by his boldness of expression. It is a rare, and immediately impressive combination' ­ Scotland on Sunday

"I'm no a f**king anarchist. I dinnay like labels. No unless they¹re on my clothes. And I'm quite partial tay a Big Mac. Which kinday disqualifies me fay the anarchist movement."

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