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Shoreside Theatre's third decade of Real Bardolatry
Shoreside Theatre presents two Shakespeare plays under the stars in The PumpHouse Amphitheatre. The Milford-based theatre company specialises in presenting Shakespeare true to the Bard's original plays, which means costumes, text and settings are as he intended.
“The Comedy of Errors”, Shakespeare's first comedy, shares the bill on alternating nights with “Romeo and Juliet”, his blockbuster love-tragedy. You have the choice of a comedy or a tragedy – or both.
Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, Jekyll & Hyde is the gripping tale of a
brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, set to a powerful pop-rock score by Frank Wildhorn
with book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.
In an attempt to cure his ailing father’s mental illness by separating “good” from “evil” in the human personality, talented physician
Dr. Jekyll inadvertently creates an alternate personality of pure evil, dubbed Mr. Hyde,
who wreaks murderous havoc on the city of London. As his fiancé Emma grows
increasingly fearful for her betrothed, a prostitute, Lucy, finds herself dangerously involved
with both the doctor and his alter ego. Struggling to control Hyde before he takes over for
good, Jekyll must race to find a cure for the demon he has created in his own mind.
by TIM BRAY
songs by CHRISTINE WHITE
Presented by Tim Bray Productions – Auckland’s leading theatre for children.
Nikolay Leonov is a Russian Opera star, famous of his unique voice ranging three octaves - allowing him to sing bass, baritone and tenor roles.
He has performed in most well know operas of international reputation in many prestigious venues across Europe, and is visiting New Zealand for one show only.
Joining Nikolay for this concert as his accompanist, is concert pianist Tatiana Larichkina. She shares her life and love of music with Nikolay as they present the best Russian romantic works from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and many other Russian composers in this very special concert.
Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works. It has been used as a basis for many love stories, not least of which was West Side Story, the musical.
In Verona there is a raging feud between two families, the Montagues and the Capulets. Romeo Montague meets young Juliet Capulet at a ball. The teenagers fall in love and secretly marry. Meanwhile Juliet’s father arranges for her to be married off to someone else.
Desperate, Juliet and her friar concoct a plan for her to be with her one true love, Romeo - but at what price?
The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare's earliest comedy. It was first staged in 1594 at Gray’s Inn for an audience of lawyers to conclude a night of revelry. The records of Gray’s Inn state that the “Night was begun and ended with nothing but confusion and Errors”.
Two sets of identical twins wander around Ephesus unaware of the others’ existence. Typical of the best farces, they are of course hilariously mistaken for each other in a crescendo of confusions.
Multi-award-winning actor and writer Rob Mokaraka (Ngāpuhi/Tūhoe) will perform a personal story about his very real fight with a bullet and depression. A black comedy that entertains and enlightens those who have been directly, or indirectly, affected by depression and loss with an uplifting message: There is a way out of the dark.
Shot Bro is the product of Rob’s seven-year journey of healing and self-discovery. It is a powerful, raw, authentic one-man show that exposes shares and discusses the effects of depression. At the core of Shot Bro is Rob’s personal journey, one that can help others and alleviate the stigma attached to mental health.
Using his utility belt of tools like stand-up comedy, expert dance moves, mime and puppetry, Rob unfolds his depression in an entertaining yet insightful way, shining light on a traumatic event. Each performance is followed by an open forum where the audience will have the opportunity to korero (talk) with Rob.
Shot Bro addresses, depression, suicide, survival and hope.
NB: Please be on time for Shot Bro - due to the nature of the performance, latecomers will not be admitted after the show starts.
"If good theatre includes revealing hidden secrets of human experience, showing us we are not alone and/or taking us to places we've never been (and may not want to visit in reality), thereby expanding our awareness of ourselves and each other in challenging yet life-affirming – and safe – ways, then SHOT BRO: Confessions of a Depressed Bullet delivers in spades". JOHN SMYTHE THEATRE REVIEW
In Māori culture it is customary to care for guests by sharing food at gatherings therefore the audience is invited to share in a light post-show supper with Rob and his team.