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After Service

Media Release
Date: 10/01/06
for Immediate Release
Attn: Art Editor

After Service
Guilt is where you point it

Premieres BATS Theatre
as part of the Fringe Festival 06
12 February-15 February 2006

Your friend is dead. The food is bad. You have to listen to The Carpenters. Sounds like the perfect time for a heart to heart over a drink, right?

After Service will Premiere at BATS in the Fringe Festival 06 from 12-15 February. It promises to be one of the most outstanding original plays to be preformed this year.

After Service is uniquely New Zealand as well as being intelligent and funny. It explores the light and dark of the relationship between three friends after their mate’s sudden suicide. The characters are stuck in a Beckett type environment, verging on the absurd and teetering on the mundane. The play feels like a heart pumping in a surgeon’s hand. It’s about emotions, comic timing and the void left behind after death.

What makes this play different is the presence of soul. After Service will leave you laughing but not empty at the end of the night. It confronts the serious issues surrounding suicide as well as showing the silly side of human nature.

After Service was written by upcoming playwright Gavin McGibbon, directed by Naomi Wallwork, and has a talented cast of three including Simon Vincent (winner of the Chapman Tripp award for ‘Most promising Male Newcomer’) and Amy Tarleton (Albert Speer).

After Service began as a 30-minute play. Following an entertaining performance in Short/Sharp/Script, which showcased the work of writers completing the IIML’s MA in Scriptwriting taught by acclaimed playwright Ken Duncum, writer Gavin McGibbon decided to take the humorous script further and turn it into the full-length play it is today.

Performance Dates and Times: 12-15 February 2006; 9.30pm
Tickets: $15 waged, $12 unwaged, $10 Fringe Card
Bookings at BATS 04-802 4175 or email


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