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Kia ora BATS mates - Tue, 25 May 2004

Tue, 25 May 2004

Kia ora BATS mates

Marty Roberts' returns to BATS this week with his beautiful production the telescope - which was commissioned by BATS Theatre as part of STAB 2002, previewing Wednesday and opening Thursday. So if you missed it last time round now is your chance to catch this amazing show on the eve of its national tour.

TO BOOK simply reply to this email with your name, number of tickets and date you wish to attend. We will reply to confirm your booking and you can pay when you come to the show.

Arohanui, The BATS crew x

"Telescope is exquisitely acted by Peter Rutherford and Miranda Manasiadis. And it sounds achingly beautiful thanks to musicians Steve Gallagher, Matt Hutton, Sebastian Morgan-Lynch and Manasiadis. It¹s also eye-catchingly cinematic and is lit to perfection by Martyn Roberts² Lynn Freeman, Capital Times

The Telescope Season: Thursday 27 May - Saturday 5 May (No show Sun/Mon) $10 preview Wednesday 26th Time: 8pm Tickets: $16 full/ $12 concession

the telescope is the tale of an agoraphobic astronomer on the verge of a major discovery. Having found a previously unknown dying star, he has calculated the magnitude of the supernova. Using this occasion as inspiration he decides to express his hidden affections for a colleague. As he awaits her arrival he listens to the radio.

In 2002, to critical acclaim, the telescope was performed as part of the STAB commission at BATS Theatre. Starring Peter Rutherford as the agoraphobic astronomer, the telescope is unique in that the story unfolds almost exclusively using sound and light. While there is dialogue, it is the compelling sounds from HUM, the Wellington Lounge act, and the lighting from award winning designer Martyn Roberts which drive the audience understanding of this tale of loneliness, love and hope. afterburner is the creation of Martyn Roberts, an award winning lighting designer and director. Since the first production, man on the moon, in 2000, afterburner have focused on producing installations (Line-near 1 & 2) and theatre of memorable excellence.

From the radio static which recalls star sounds from space to the beautiful glockenspiel interlude as the astronomer lays his dinner table, the music underscores the emotions which the astronomer is restrained from showing. The Telescope expertly uses technology to create a new experience of theatre and transcends that achievement to become profoundly moving. Timothy O'Brien, The Dominion-Post.


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