Central Leader : April 29th 2011
2 CENTRAL LEADER, APRIL 29, 2011 NEWS Office Ph 630 5419 Fax 630 5435 Editor Katherine Forbes email: email@example.com Sales Manager Jeff Clayton email: firstname.lastname@example.org Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: email@example.com Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 52,975 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '09.) Delivered each Wednesday/ Friday to Balmoral, Epsom, Greenlane, Hillsborough, Lynfield, Mt Albert (south of railway line), Mt Eden, Mt Roskill, Morningside, New Windsor, One Tree Hill, Onehunga, Oranga, Owairaka, Penrose (not Te Papapa), Royal Oak, Sandringham, Three Kings. Unit 1.3, 72 Dominion Road. Private Bag 56910, Mt Eden. www.centralleader.co.nz Visit our showroom: 12/318 Beach Haven Road Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-1pm www.fonko.co.nz MITSUBISHI H.I INVERTER HEAT PUMPS & AIR CONDITIONERS No. 1 leading Mitsubishi H.I installer in Auckland 2006-2010 Mitsubishi Inverters From $2,299 Inc. GST and installation - 5 year warranty High energy rating - low running costs PH: 0800 4 FONKO (0800 4 36656) for a FREE quote PRE-WINTER SPECIALS $200 CASHBACK ON ALL MODELS! Offer valid for a limited time 3056961GP CLEARANCE DEPOT Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 4pm, Sat 10am - 3pm • Office Furniture • Indoor/Outdoor Furniture • Linen • Bedding • Houseware • Nappies • And Much More HEAVILY DISCOUNTED PRICES INSTORE!! 303 Rosebank Rd, Avondale PH 828 5995 RELOCATION SALE NEW/USED/ END OF LINES LIQUIDATION STOCK • NZ owned & operated state-of-the-art learning centres. • Quali ed, professional educators. • Individual documented programmes to enhance your child's learning. • School Readiness Programme. • Amazing, comforting nurseries. • Nutritional meals. 'Come Grow With Us' ST LUKES RD TAYLORS RD SAINSBURY RD MORNINGSIDEDR NEW NORTH RD TAYLORS RD Life's a big laugh for playwrights Good humour: Co-writers Nick Ward and Kathryn Burnett still joke about who is the more popular writing tutor -- an unresolved argument which formed the basis for their upcoming theatre show Mike and Virginia. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By HANNAH SPYKSMA A bit of friendly banter is being taken to the next level with a central city duo teaming up to turn their off-air jokes into on-show laughs. First-time playwrights Kathryn Burnett and Nick Ward are venturing away from screenwriting and into the world of theatre with the newly developed play Mike and Virginia. Sprinkled with a plethora of local talent, the rom-com about a rom-com is premiering as part of the inaugural NZ International Com- edy Festival, which starts today. When I first got hold of the script I just couldn t put it down, lead actor Will Hall says. The former Shortland Street star, who plays single and almost 40-year-old film lecturer Mike, says he has learnt a thing or two from the plot about how to really impress the ladies. He praises Ms Burnett and Mr Ward for their comic genius in scripting the laugh-a-minute show. The play was first workshopped by the Mt Eden and Kingsland duo in 2007. One day we had just got into the car and started teasing each other about who was the better writing tutor, Mr Ward says. Things evolved and the script went from real-life jesting to the- atrical joking. Although the playwrights relationship is strictly professional, the show is a comic take on reality. The plot focuses around two stubborn screenwriters trying to collaborate on writing a romantic comedy and accidently falling in love. Her speciality is romantic comedies, his is monster movies. If they didn t hate each other they d get along fine, reads the blurb. Mr Ward says the tongue-in-cheek play is half fun and half a snap shot into modern relationships. It s a game with the audience. You know how they get together, but how do we keep them apart? Both writers have had extensive careers in screenwriting, but this is the first time they have taken their talents to the stage. Although Ms Burnett says the show has been produced on the sniff of an oily rag , she has been blown away by the Auckland talent it s attracted. Along with Mr Hall, Ponsonby actor Stephen Papps is involved and the cast is directed by well-known funny man Te Radar. Mike and Vir- ginia is part of the theatre development pro- gramme Stamp, run through The Edge. Aimed at supporting fresh Kiwi theatre, the public art programme invests in developing shows which may other- wise not have a chance to get off the ground. For actor and writer Gareth Williams, the programme meant his first season of Faux Real could be reworked. The quirky one-man- show about a Kiwi bloke with a penchant for Australian pop-rock idol John Farnham is also showing as part of the festival. We essentially kept the gems and through the rubbish out, the 26-year-old says. He co- wrote the script with director Dan Musgrove. Described as kitsch and chump, Mr Williams will take to the stage for an hour of 80s pop rock, with both this show and Mike and Virginia taking place at the Herald Theatre. Visit www.comedy festival.co.nz for more information on show dates and times. Exercise in acting The Rebel Alliance will bring a different kind of theatre performance to Auckland on April 30, with the cast of Stand- still completing their entire play while exercising on treadmills. After impressing audiences at the Auck- land Fringe Festival last month, the cast is look- ing forward to its encore at the Auckland Per- forming Arts Centre theatre. Tickets to Standstill cost $20 to $25, visit www.tapac.org.nz or call 845-0295 to book seats.
April 27th 2011
May 4th 2011