Earthquakes and insurance companies compared to wolves
Earthquakes and insurance companies compared to
Who and what can you trust is the theme of a play about 5 people living in Avonside in 2010 when the ground shakes, the Council is paralysed, insurance won’t pay out, and their secrets invade the uncertainty of the broken city.
Canterbury Repertory Theatre in association with Oily Rag Theatre present a new New Zealand play about betrayal that starts in the crust of the earth but spills into people’s lives and a world turned inside out and evil that lurks.
Performed in The Office in the CBD bar, the play features five actors, some original New Zealand music and a story about people.
Sam Fisher the Director says this is a play that looks at the massive upheavals of the quakes in 2010 and early 2011 and uses this as a back drop for personal stories, “The idea is the earthquakes were a shock and taught us a lot about each other and the insurance companies and government, that perhaps we would rather not have known. The failure of the land and of the institutions is mirrored in the failings of people. The play is sharp, intense and we believe engrossing. The hardest thing is reproducing earthquakes in a theatre situation."
"There will be a lot of written, performance, musical and visual art about the earthquakes and their affects on us, and it has profoundly affected a generation and their world view. This isn't the first play about the 2010 earthquake sequence and it won't be the last. This rich vein of social and personal upheaval makes for excellent drama."
The actors include Steph Cusick who has just returned home to Christchurch from a season on Shortland Street, Cameron Mason, who has appeared on the Erin Simpson show and local theatre actors Iain Jones, Sophie Rea and Jordon Jones.
Tim Barcode, writer of a range of successful plays, including Location Location (Little Box at the Top of the Stairs 2009), CAfE Dement (Wellington and Christchurch 2007), Geeks Bearing Gifts, The Adjudicator (winner of the 2000 NZTF One Act Play Festival) and winner of two Wellington Fringe Festival awards.
The play has Creative Communities Funding and is supported by The Press, Cassel and Sons, and Dead Set clothing (http://deadsetshop.tumblr.com)