Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

“Perfect” Benedict Cumberbatch inspires new show

“Perfect” Benedict Cumberbatch inspires new show


An obsession with British actor and movie star Benedict Cumberbatch has inspired three Wellington women to write and perform “Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die”, on at BATS Theatre from 19 to 28 June.

Abby Howells, Kate Schrader and Caitlin McNaughton are members of award-winning comedy collective Discharge, most recently seen in the New Zealand Fringe 2014 with its sold-out show, “What is this, Woman’s Hour?”

The idea for this new show came about earlier this year when the three women discovered they shared a “deep passion” for Benedict Cumberbatch.

They talked about him for two hours, sharing their fantasies and dreams, before Kate said: “This is not socially acceptable behaviour for adults. He’s making us crazy. Benedict Cumberbatch must die.”

Caitlin said: “That’s a great title for a play.”

Rehearsals began and their “Benedict Cumber-pitch” to BATS Theatre for a season in June was successful. Abby, who is doing her masters degree in scriptwriting at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University, wrote the script.

“We thought if we performed a play about him he might come and see it and fall in love with us,” Abby says. “We sent an invitation to 221b Baker St and even though he’s not on Twitter, we’ve been tweeting his colleagues and friends like Mark Gattis and Amanda Abbington.”

They’ve also heard through a friend of a friend of a friend at Weta Workshop that he might be coming back to do post-production work for the third Hobbit movie, “The Battle of the Five Armies”, in which he provides the voice and motion capture of Smaug.

“He’s got such a beautiful voice,” Caitlin sighs.

“Oh god,” Kate groans.

“Actually, we’d be terrified if he came to the play,” Abby confesses. “It would tear us apart as friends. We did wonder at one stage if he could sue us – and if he did, would that mean we’d have to go to a court hearing and he’d be there?”

There are three characters in the show. Clarissa (Caitlin McNaughton) is an aspiring actor who has written a one-woman show to perform for Benedict Cumberbatch. Tamara (Kate Schrader) is a flighty Cumberbatch fanatic obessed with celebrity culture. Abby describes her character, Genevieve, as a psychotic Ralph Wiggum (from The Simpsons TV show) who stays in her room writing fan fiction.

“Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die” is on at 8pm from 19 to 28 June with no show on Sunday or Monday. Bookings at bats.co.nz or (04) 802 4175.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Obituary: Whānau Announce The Passing Of Bruce Stewart QSM

Matua Bruce was an award-winning builder before he embarked on a journey to build Tapu Te Ranga Marae in 1974... He built Tapu Te Ranga Marae from recycled material with just $25 and a dream. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The America’s Cup

The fact New Zealand now reigns supreme once again in the most sophisticated contest in the world’s most elite sport – yacht racing – can’t help but reflect the trajectory the country has been on since the 1980s... More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis: Christopher Marlowe & 'The Tragedy Of Dr. Faustus'

Previous versions of 'The Devil's Pact' can be traced back to the fourth century, Marlowe deviated significantly by depicting his protagonist as unable to burn his books or repent to a merciful God in order to have his contract annulled... More>>

ALSO:

Gold For RNZ: Muslim Post-9/11 Series, Kim Hill Win In New York

The Radio New Zealand podcast series Public Enemy has won a gold award for excellence for its presenter, Mohamed Hassan, at the prestigious New York Festival Radio Awards announced in Manhattan today. RNZ National’s Saturday Morning host, Kim Hill, also received a gold award for Best Radio Personality. More>>

Human Rights Commission: Give Nothing To Racism

A campaign urging New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance has been launched by some of the country’s most well-known people. More>>

Louis Vuitton Series Win: Emirates Team NZ Will Challenge For The America’s Cup

By beating Artemis 5-2 they now take on Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup match starting next weekend. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland