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Performance dates for The Measures Taken

August 2, 2016

Greymouth: Regent Theatre, August 26-28. 7.30pm/ $10. Book at theatre.

Hokitika: The Old Lodge, Sept 3, 7.30pm. $15/$10. Book at WestReap

Westport: NBS Theatre, September 10, 7.30pm. $10. Book at theatre.

Reefton: Oddfellows Hall, Bridge Street. September 17th. $10.

Press release:

Kiwi/Possum Productions new play, called The Measures Taken, focuses on the economic and cultural transition the Coast is having to make.

‘The West Coast has, for the last forty years, been searching for a sustainable economy,’ states writer, Paul Maunder. ‘This play is a provocation with regard to that so far, unsuccessful quest.’

Based on German playwright, Bertolt Brecht’s teaching plays, the story of The Measures Taken is simple. The Coast has elected a youngish, progressive woman mayor, who has come up with a new and startling agenda for the region. She is called before the people to justify her actions and uses a group of players and a local choir to assist, as she combs through Coast heritage to present her argument. The theatrical journey is interwoven with original songs from the choir, before we reach the present day and the debate begins.

‘The play is in some ways,’ states Maunder, ‘a West Coast musical.’

The performance will be followed by supper during which the audience members will be interviewed in order to gather their response to the issues uncovered.

Jason Johnson has directed the team of players: Rose Blair, Francis Darwin, Mikaere Hanna, George Super and Elisa Wells. Heather Fletcher, who plays the mayor, has written the music for the songs and rehearsed local choir, Waiata Koha. John Philips, Shona Preston and Maunder are spokespeople for the citizens.  Paul Kearns and Sam Gibbens deal with the technical side of the production, which will prove once again, to be a unique theatre experience.

As with the group’s last show, A Brief History of Madness, audience numbers for each performance will be limited, so it will be wise to book.

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