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Take a Chance on Me

Ellerslie Theatrical Society presents
Take a Chance on Me
by Rober Hall
directed by Julian Harrison

20 to 29 March 2014

None of them ever thought it would come to this. That they would pay money to go to a dinner, solely for the chance to meet someone. They’ve all brought with them the baggage of failure, pain, hurt, rejection. Tonight - in their eyes----humiliation.”

And that is how the play begins - the waiter addressing the audience directly and introducing the table of six. Three women and three men who are, at that very moment, coming to grips with the realisation that their lives have been reduced to paying to attend singles dinners in the hope of meeting someone as desperate as themselves. Each has recently lost their spouse, either to death or to infidelity or simply boredom and has left them divorced of all self-belief and facing the complexities of a dating game where the rules have completely changed since they were young.

Theatre has always been Julian’s life since he started doing classes and productions at the age of five. He left school and home at fifteen to pursue his passion further and had both a diploma and a degree in the Performing Arts before he was twenty. Since graduating from drama school he has been working fulltime in theatre as an actor, director and teacher of performing arts. He has been involved in over sixty shows either as an actor or a director. Recent shows includeSome Girls, The Birthday Boy, As You Like It, Peninsula and The Cat’s Meow at Howick Little Theatre where he also directed the very popular production of Looking. Julian says “The staging of this production and where we travel from here is anything but simple. The plot premise for Take a Chance on Me is the perfect setup for a two hour moveable feast on the chaos our lives can become. What ensues is a smorgasbord of chuckle, snort and cringe with a healthy serving of gasp on the side. Its staging demands, and the breaking of more traditional theatre conventions, is not what I would normally associate with a Roger Hall.”

Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 March 2014 at 8pm
Sunday 23 March at 2pm
Tuesday 24 March to Friday 27 March 8pm
Saturday 28 March at 2pm and 8pm

iTICKET – or phone 09 361 1000 (booking fee will apply)

Evening $22, Evening Discount $20
Matinee $16, Matinee Discount $13
Discount available to Students with ID, Seniors 65+ years and Community Services card holders

Stables Theatre (Ellerslie War Memorial Community Centre, Cnr Main Highway & Arthur St, Ellerslie, Auckland


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