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Brain Power Returns

OUT OF BOUNDS presents the demand return season of

By Dean Hewison

BATS Theatre
13 - 16 March 2007, 8pm
Bookings: 04 802 4175 or $16 / $12


Fresh from a successful season during the Fringe Festival, the award-winning play Brain Power returns to the BATS stage for one last brief return season in March. Written and directed by Dean Hewison, the show is a strikingly inventive and hilarious film-noir styled comedy set in the darkest regions of the human brain and featuring a massive cast of 17 actors including Bevin Linkhorn, Matthew Saville and Tim Gordon, as well as new addition Holly Shanahan.

Inside the Vessel Michael Sanderson's brain, a murder has taken place and a battle for power has begun. Amid all the Feelings, Concepts and Dreams, only one can save the Vessel from insanity. He has a long scientific name, but most people call him Justice.

At the Fringe 07 awards, Brain Power won Best Production Design and received Honourable Mentions for Best Theatre and for Standout Performance (for newcomer Leon Wadham, playing the Concept of Self-Preservation).

Highlights for both reviewers and the public have been the amazing costumes – “Fabulous… hilariously disturbing” – the hard-boiled noir dialogue –“Hewison’s dialogue is as well wrought as his conceptualizing, smoothly delivered by his astutely selected and very able cast” –and the sheer originality of the show – “Hewison… is an intriguing playwright – he uses parts of his brain that other playwrights just don’t reach.” described the show as “a stylish ride” and promised to return.

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With characters such as Big Scary Monster, P*ssed Off, Embarrased and the Concept of God, Brain Power is a highly original take on the noir genre. It marks the theatre directing debut of filmmaker Dean Hewison, and is his second play on the Wellington stage, after the NZ Young Playwrights Competition-winning Head of the House, which had Hewison nominated for a Chapman Tripp award.

Only 4 more performances – make sure you don’t miss the return season of one of the highlights of the Fringe Festival.


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