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From the co-writer of “Outrageous Fortune” and “The Almighty Johnsons” comes …
You’re a writer for a popular television soap . . . but the ratings are falling and your job’s on the line. What do you do?
Get creative and kill off the weakest character in a block-busting storyline, that’s what.
But what do you do if the actor refuses to go? Call the producer? Call the Union? Call a meeting? Call the police. Because he’s armed and dangerous (at least that what it says in his ‘how to take a hostage’ instruction manual.)
This mercurial and irrepressible comedy follows the six writers of “Heart of Hearts,” a fast- paced medical drama, as they cope with their daily routine of jealousy, lies, lust, betrayal, revenge and sometimes even scriptwriting. Until the action-packed moment when the ‘table of pain’ is turned on them.

Is a soap opera just a mirror to our lives . . . or maybe what we secretly wish our lives to be? Either way, NZ writer James Griffin’s dry wit and irreverent style means you’ll never watch TV in the same way again.

"Serial Killers" is on at the Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street and runs as follows:

19 – 22 September – 8 pm
23 September – 3 pm
25 - 26 September - 6.30 pm
27 - 29 September - 8 pm

Tickets: $22 waged, $20 unwaged, $18 for groups of 10 or more, $15 secondary students. 2 for $22 night Thursday 20 September. Booking/delivery fees may apply.

Bookings, or ph 0508iticket (0508 484253).

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Lucy Prebble's Enron covers the rise and fall of the Texan energy giant. An exhilarating mix of political satire and modern morality it was described by The Times in London as a “gripping epic and modern parable about unfettered capitalism – not a dull moment in it.”
Featuring dinosaurs, line dancing and Star Wars, this show is bigger in every sense.

Enron runs from 1 - 11 August at the Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street.
Tickets: $22 waged, $20 unwaged, $18 for groups of 10 or more, $15 secondary students*. 2 for $22 night Thursday 2 August. Booking/delivery fees may apply.

Book at or call iTicket on 0508 484 253 if you'd like to organise a group of 10 or more, and they can put tickets on hold while you organise your friends and colleagues.

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Wellington Repertory: Blackadder 3

Blackadder 3
Written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton
Performed by Wellington Repertory Theatre
Directed by Ross Miller
Season: 1-5 May 2012 8pm, Sun 6 May 3pm, 8-9 May 6:30pm, 10-12 May 8pm
Venue: The Gryphon Theatre, Ghuznee Street, Wellington.

The third series is based in the Regency period with Blackadder now butler to the witless Prince Regent and Baldrick raised to the position of dogsbody and general kitchen hand.

The four episodes that will make up the show are:
Ink and Incapability (Samuel Johnson and the dictionary)
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AUDITIONS: An Ideal Husband, directed by Ewen Coleman, Hutt Repertory Theatre

An Ideal Husband
By Oscar Wilde,
Produced by Hutt Repertory Theatre
Directed by Ewen Coleman
Performance Venue:
Season: 4-14 July 2012
Audition Dates: Sun 29 April 2012
Rehearsals start: 13 May 2012

A romantic and sentimental comedy set at the turn of the 19th century, An Ideal Husband delves into themes of love, passion, and betrayal among the aristocracy.

Sir Robert Chiltern, a brilliant politician and a perfect gentleman, is the ideal husband for the charming Lady Chiltern. They have a widely envied marriage until charming Mrs. Cheveley appears with the intention of revealing a dark secret from Chiltern's past.

When his world seems to be falling apart, Chiltern turns to his lifelong friend Lord Arthur Goring, the most eligible bachelor in town. Goring soon finds himself caught up in a web of lies, temptations, and secret liaisons.
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AUDITIONS: Enron, directed by Paul Kay and Joy Hellyer, Stagecraft Wellington

Written by Lucy Prebble
Produced by Stagecraft Theatre
Directed by Paul Kay and Joy Hellyer
Season: 01 - 11 August 2012 (New Zealand Premiere)
Performance Venue: The Gryphon Theatre, Ghuznee St, Wellington
Audition Dates: 5, 6, 7 May 2012
Audition Venue: enquiries to Amy Whiterod (Production Manager)

They called themselves "the Smartest Guys in the Room" but they perpetrated the biggest corporate fraud in US history. This is the New Zealand premiere of the smash-hit West End play from 2010.

The story follows the rise and fall of the Texas energy giant ENRON from the bull market excesses of the Clinton years to its eventual collapse early this century.

Primarily a straight play, it also uses song and dance numbers and clever stage trickery to transform what might seem rather dry content into a hugely riveting and entertaining night of theatre.

We are looking for a cast of about 15 actors of both genders and covering a wide range of ages to play 35 characters. Most roles will be doubled and even trebled. A majority of the characters come from the corporate world and include traders, lawyers, accountants, bankers.

Listed below are some of the main roles in the play. (Indicative ages are given for the four ENRON executive roles only.)
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Ladies For Hire - Stagecraft Wellington

Ladies for Hire
Written by: Alison Quigan
Performed by: Stagecraft Theatre
Directed by: Claire Hewitt
Season: 30 May to 9 June 2012
Performance Venue: The Gryphon Theatre, Ghuznee St, Wellington

The women of the St Mary’s Choir may look as if they’d just like a nice cup of tea and some home baking, but their lively and often irreverent behaviour offends new priest, Father Paul. Disturbed by their disrespectful attitudes, he unceremoniously sacks them. But the girls aren't quite ready to be sacked.

With an unexpectedly misleading advert and a we-can-do-anything attitude, these ladies put themselves up for hire, but soon find themselves caught up in all sorts of choral adventures, a long way from the safety of the church choir.

Alison Quigan has composed a fun arrangement of memorable characters, who demonstrate, through some hilarious and harrowing exploits, the priceless value of friendship and true loyalty.
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AUDITIONS: Serial Killers, directed by Iona Anderson, Stagecraft Wellington

Serial Killers
Written by James Griffin
Produced by Stagecraft Theatre
Directed by Iona Anderson
Season: 19 - 29 September 2012
Performance Venue: The Gryphon Theatre, Ghuznee St, Wellington
Audition Dates: Sat 30 June and Sun 1 July 2012
Audition Venue: enquiries to Iona Anderson

From the co- author of “Outrageous Fortune” and “The Almighty Johnsons” comes ... “SERIAL KILLERS”

This cleverly written, mercurial comedy follows a week in the lives of the six writers of Heart of Hearts, a TV medical soap-opera.

As the play opens, the writers of Heart of Hearts are thinking up a dramatic and gripping way to be rid of one of the characters, heart-throb surgeon Dr. Robert Gilligan.
However the actor who plays the role of Dr Gilligan doesn't want to be written out - Heart of Hearts has become his life. Unable to cope with the death of his character, he takes the writers hostage and, as he demands that they change the script, the soap opera becomes all too real ...
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Hutt Repertory Theatre: Wednesday to Come

Wednesday to Come
Written by Renée
Performed by Hutt Repertory Theatre
Directed by Doug Buchanan
Season: 11-14 April 2012 at 8pm, 15 April at 4pm, 17 -21 April at 8pm
Venue: 108 Oxford Terrace, Lower Hutt.

Imagine being transported back in time to 1930s New Zealand.

How did your relatives cope with no television, computers, dishwashers, automatic washing machines and cell phones?

Most food would have been made from scratch.

Visualise smelling the aroma of freshly baked scones wafting in from a 1930s kitchen and hear the sound of wood being chopped outside.

People would mostly drink tea and everything would be cooked on or in a stove fuelled by wood.
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Porirua Little Theatre: Shirley Valentine

Shirley Valentine
By Willy Russell
Performed by Porirua Little Theatre
Directed by Merlyn Criscillo
Season: 8-24th March, Thursday - Saturday
Venue: Porirua Little Theatre, Whitehouse Rd, Titahi Bay

The London and Broadway smash hit comedy-drama by Willy Russell, author of Educating Rita and Blood Brothers. A play with a one-woman cast about a disillusioned housewife who has spent more years talking to the wall than she cares to remember. When Shirley gets offered a trip to Greece, she has the chance to fulfil a dream and to discover herself again.
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AUDITIONS: The Producers, Porirua Little Theatre

The Producers
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music by Mel Brooks
Performed by Porirua Little Theatre
Musical Director Jean Hollier
Choreography by Nicki Bramwell-Cooke and Shane McAlister
Directed by David Bramwell-Cooke
Audition Dates: Sat 17 Mar 2012 1pm-4pm and Sun 17 Mar 2012 10am-4pm
Performance Venue: Porirua Little Theatre, Whitehouse Rd, Titahi Bay


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