One Act Play Festival
27th-30th November 2019
Nelson Repertory’s One Act Play Festival is a combination of Nelson/Tasman talent, involving three Theatre Groups:Nelson Repertory,Wakefield Country Players and director Beccy Myers.There are 6 one act plays, 2 per evening, and a Saturday matinee especially for the children and family groups.Total 7.
There are different plays per evening,some repeat performances but not all so don’t miss out.Plays include : premier performances of RSVP and My Father My Son,well known favorites like BadJelly the Witch,The Real Inspector Hound ,Leonardo’s Last Supper ,Lucy in the Sky and Tess and Flo.
Come to one evenings performance or buy a concession ticket and get to see all plays except Badjelly which has special matinee pricing.
Comedy,drama and intriguing situations- we have it all .Tickets available at Theatre Royal Nelson
Line-up of shows :
Wed 27th My Father My Son followed by Leonardo’s Last Supper
Thursday 28th RSVP followed by The Real Inspector Hound
Friday 29th Lucy in the Sky, The Hemisphere’s singing group, Tess and Flo
Saturday 30th Bad Jelly the Witch 2.30 pm, RSVP followed by My Father my Son evening- 7.30 pm start
Synopsis of each show :
My Father My Son- Nelson Repertory- 2 chances to see show
“My Father My Son” is an autobiographical play about a young man growing up in Wellington in a strong traditional Greek community in the 1970s. It is about his struggle to break away from the tight limits and expectations that are placed on him to confirm to his Greek culture, that is to marry a young Greek girl, be the first person in his family to go to university and eventually to financially support the family and ensure that the culture survives for the next generation.
Inevitably, the young man Kiriakos fights against his strong willed father Andreas and mother Andigoni. He feels a much greater affinity with his Kiwi friends, especially the young girl he meets and falls in love with at Victoria University.
As the play progresses, so does the tension, with disastrous consequences.
Leonardo’s Last Supper- Wakefield Country Players
A family of undertakers in a medieval charnel house prepare to bury Leonardo da Vinci. Disposing of the Renaissance genius will be a lucrative coup for the family business so the atmosphere is jovial as they dress up as plague doctors and bicker around the corpse. But their dreams of prosperity and perfumed gloves are interrupted when the health of the deceased polymath suddenly improves.
RSVP – MíleGrá Creative-2 chances to see show
With her sister Jane’s wedding day looming, Charlotte must decide whether she is ready to come clean to her parents about a relationship they may not approve of and invite girlfriend Sam along to the big day.
The Real Inspector Hound- Nelson Repertory
This play follows the story of two theater critics, Moon andBirdboot, as they attend a play in London. Simultaneously, we trace the narrative arc of the theater critics and the narrative arc of the murder mystery play that they are assigned to review. So, it is a play-within-a-play. By the end of the play, the two narratives become entangled and are nearly impossible to separate.The murder mystery — the play-within-a-play — is set at Muldoon Manor, a typical setting for the detective genre. Nearby the Manor, a madman is on the loose. With a storm on the horizon, the police — led by Inspector Hound — cannot get to the Manor. Unbeknownst to the residents of the Manor, there is a dead body sprawled out across the floor of the drawing room………
Lucy in the Sky- Wakefield Country Players
Three women seek shelter in an inner city hostel for the homeless. On this cold winter night, each has a different reason for being there.
Alexia is pregnant following a rape, Meg has wreaked revenge on a brutal husband and has is a self-imposed exile, and with Wendy we see that sometimes all it takes to become an outcast is a sudden impulsive act – one that you regret forever.
This play, a prize winner in the Drama Association of Wales, One Act Play Writing competition 2000, is a sensitive portrayal of women with problems. Two of them are having to come to terms with recent events which have shattered their lives. The other cannot forget her failing because once a year for fifty years she has been vividly reminded.
This play doesn’t pull any punches – it’s life on the edge, and in the raw.
The Hemispheres– a singing quartet