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Writer's Block By Thomas Rimmer


Writer's Block By Thomas Rimmer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 15 FEBRUARY 2011

Insomnia and depression are generally not comedic material. But Wellington-based actor and writer, Thomas Rimmer, is shooting for laughs in his new black comedy, Writer’s Block.

The play explores a struggling writer's descent into madness and is based on a poem written by Rimmer, which chronicals his own battles with insomnia and depression.

"Although the poem is a lot darker than the play, I've tried to capture the feeling of solitude of the original piece and turn it in to a kind of tragic comedy", Rimmer says. "They say 'write about what you know', and Writer's Block deals with those darker and slightly twisted aspects of my own mind."

Rimmer has enlisted the skills and talents of Canadian-born director Alec Wheeler to take his play from the page to the stage. Wheeler has been busy dividing her time between Writer's Block and her current position as Programme & Partnerships Manager for Young and Hungry Arts Trust.

Also, lending her talents as Design Technician, is Julia Campbell, a Wellington-based freelance video artist who has a large amount of Fringe experience.

Writer's Block will be performed as part of the 2011 Fringe Festival season at Whitireia Performing Arts Centre, located at 25-27 Vivian Street.

Show Times:

3rd & 4th March at 7:30pm 5th March at 3:00pm & 7:30pm

Book at www.wpac.org.nz or phone 04 238 6225



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