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Chivalry isn’t dead. It’s just on a lunch break.

“Chivalry isn’t dead. It’s just on a lunch break.”

Pleasant Whining presents
Shining Armour

By Philip Braithwaite
Directed by Gene Alexander

Fight the duel
Rescue the maiden
Wrestle your sordid desires
Back in the office for afternoon tea

Martin attends the Camelot Club, a medieval society where he learns to fight, behave and live like the knights of old. Then he meets Stacey, whose dark secret forces him into a real life duel. Tangled in a deadly love triangle, can Martin uphold the values he holds so dear?

Shining Armour explores the psyche of the average New Zealander, and asks if we are guided by our own sense of morality, or is there something more insidious lurking behind a ‘decent’ appearance?

Pleasant Whining has produced two productions, both by Philip Braithwaite, The Ghost of Woody Allen (Circa, ’04) and Hail to the Thief (BATS, ’08), of which Theatreview said “the moments of insight and truth are compelling, garnering good laughs”.

Philip Braithwaite has been awarded the BBC World Service/British Council International Radio Playwriting Award 2001, the Sony Award for Radio Drama and the Massey University Cultural Award. His work has been performed in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, and he has collaborated with devising groups from the Royal Court Theatre in London, the BBC and the Wellington-based SEEyD Theatre Company.

Shining Armour is directed by Gene Alexander, who hails from Odessa, Ukraine. A graduate of New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts (‘99), he became a member of Academy Company and has worked as an actor and director in New York as well as New Zealand. Recently, he composed the music and played piano as well as performing in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire (Circa, ‘07) and directed Dostoevsky Trip for Fringe ‘08.


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