23/04/2007

ON STAGE... IT WAS GREAT

Wellington playwright Gavin McGibbon's second play, Stand Up Love premieres at Bat's Theatre on Friday the 27th at 6.30pm. It'll be worth a look. His first play, After Service which featured as part of the Fringe festival last year, was a real breath of fresh air for Wellington theatre.

I went to the script workshop session on Stand Up Love and this latest effort continues McGibbon's preoccupation with quirky, complex characters, mordant humour and intense character relationships. This is a two-man play.

As the Bats blurb reads:

"Why would you name your kid Apple? Shouldn’t porn stars promote fitness equipment? And what’s with garden gnomes? You looked at 'em? They're the paedophiles of ceramics.

"All this and more is answered as the relationship between a stand-up comedian and his infomercial loving girlfriend gets put under the spotlight.

"Chapman Tripp winner Erin Banks (I.D., Hamlet) and nominee Robert Lloyd (Fool for Love) are directed by Larry Rew (Kikia te Poa) in a new work from the writer of After Service ("striking" - Capital Times, "must see" - Dominion Post).

When is love just another four-lettered word

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