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NZ Theatre background leads to International Comedy

Liz Blackett- NZ Theatre background leads to Casting in an International Comedy.

Liz Blackett spent decades in Wellington treading the boards of local Community theatres refining her craft and performing in countless productions at Khandallah Arts Theatre, Stage Craft and Wellington Repertory. Liz won awards at NZ Theatre Federation festivals and on moving to Australia her talent was quickly noticed when she was cast in the Calendar Girls and completed a forty eight venue tour. More recently she played a lead role as Coffee Shop owner and self appointed family matriarch for a TV Comedy Pilot which is currently being viewed internationally.

Dramatic arts has always been in Liz's blood and growing up in England saw Liz perform in school productions at the Nottingham Playhouse. Making the choice between Drama School and University was difficult for her and although she decided on a BSc. In Computation, there was never a year when she wasn't involved in Theatre performance. After graduation she met her Kiwi husband and they embarked on living and teaching in Nigeria for five years which was a rich cultural learning experience adding to her abilities both socially and theatrically.

When her first child arrived Liz and her husband decided to leave Nigeria and return to New Zealand where she had another two children. Liz says " despite a busy family life I still trod the boards at any opportunity and enjoyed working as an IT trainer ".

Like any dedicated performer Liz wanted to refine her craft and experience as many dramatic performance areas as possible because her ultimate goal was to become a long term professional actor. By attending screen acting workshops at Toi Whakarei, New Zealand's exceptional Drama School and Wellingtons Performing Arts centre she had the opportunity to be tutored by some of NZs best known actors and directors.

Liz feels that life may now be coming full circle in that her most passionate pursuit may actually become her career and with " Coffee My Body " receiving so many positive peer reviews this may be her ideal opportunity.

The TV Pilot is currently being pitched in the United Kingdom, America and Australia and is seeking traditional television networks and Internet television opportunities.

The comedy was written and directed by Gerry Lear on the Sunshine Coast and Liz was cast from a group of fifteen hundred actors that viewed the available roles within a ten day period earlier this year.

Gerry says, "Liz has a unique style and she immerses herself into character so convincingly. Her theatrical presence is perfectly suited to this role and I don't think anyone else could play Rosie this well".

Liz Blackett’s role as "Coffee My Body " business owner is central to the other family members business operations that are often times dubious and include never - before - seen techniques and services.

Rosie is slightly delusional, quirky, a business shark with a touch of OCD and a character that could definitely give John Cleese a run for his money. The mad cap cast also includes a Indian Plastic Surgeon and a Beat Boxing DJ driving a pimped courtesy bus.

Many peer reviewers see Rosie's role as the glue in this delusional family and at weekly boardroom brainstorming sessions she demands they focus on the business teachings of their great "Uncle William Oldafella the Elder" which is key to business success.

All family characters are supportive and collaborative but not in the traditional sense of love and well being, but rather money and success.

This 21st Century parody is available online and will be further developed into a series. Already twelve episodes have been written with a further six in draft.

To view Episode One

Coffee My Body -

Click Here website Coffee My Body Facebook Page

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