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Dunedin Fringe Festival: Veneer

Dunedin Fringe Festival 2006 Press Release: Veneer

‘I was waiting for the bus the other day. There’s me, this guy with a guitar, a student, and this other lady. You know the one. She’s standing swearing at passing traffic, carrying four bags of trash, got these velour track pants on, plagued by pilling – cocktail of madness and being drunk. Everyone’s pretending not to look, and thinking “fuck, hope I never end up like that”.

Then I realise. I’m that person.’
- Audrey (Veneer, 2006)

It’s something that lingers in the minds of many, and yet, it’s something to which no one really has any definite answers: How much does what we look like a) effect who we are and b) what others think of us? Veneer is a no-holds barred look at the social dynamics of appearance written by 2005 New Zealand Young Playwright Finalist Kate Morris.

Following a horrific accident Audrey, a young woman used to reaping the benefits of being treated as attractive, tries to regain a sense of normality. Left with a scar covering half her face, she finds not only her relationship with others, but with herself, irreversibly changed.

Veneer is produced by independent, community-based theatre group, Dunedin Repertory Society’s Look Left Again (LLA). Co-directed by experienced thespian Claire Hewitt and local wordsmith Kate Morris this is LLA’s third production of the year after the successful ‘Life is…’ and adult western pantomime ‘In Cahoots with Johnny Sunrise’.

Kate lists among her influences Chuck Palahniuk, Stanley Kubrick and pastoral electronica group Stars of Lid: ‘I really want to create an atmosphere with this play. Bring all the elements of theatre together – sound, light, speech etc...’

Veneer debuts at the Dunedin Fringe Festival and runs from the 3rd-7th of October at the Playhouse Theatre. Tickets are $8 (Concessions), $10 (Adults) and the show starts at 7pm sharp. Door Sales Only.

Running time approx 65 minutes.


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