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When:

Sun 21 Nov 2010, 2:00pm

Where: Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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The Birthday Boy
By Carl Nixon
Director: Julian Harrison

This hilarious New Zealand comedy follows two couples and the life choices they make over 25 years. In 2010, David and Kathy and Stuart and Elizabeth – all friends since school – seemingly have it all. David is a successful designer and Kathy an art teacher who has written and illustrated a children’s book featuring a dog called Furry McFlurry. Stuart is in advertising and Elizabeth is an ambitious lawyer. Elizabeth thought her best friend was on the same child-free page as her, but Kathy’s biological clock has been secretly ticking and when she announces she is pregnant on her husband’s 40th birthday, the foursome’s decades of elegant dinner parties and holidays in exotic locales come to an end.

This play provides great acting challenges, with David, Stuart and Rita ageing 25 years and Kathy and Elizabeth ageing 15, throughout the eight scenes in the play. Only so much ageing will be able to be achieved by costume and makeup so actors will need to portray much of this through their characterisation. The script although full of comic one-liners also has some very touching moments. The actors will need to have their lines learnt early in the rehearsal period so as to do justice to the fast-paced witty banter that characterises this play.

The characters:

David Williams, aged 40-65: At the start of the play David is a light-hearted and quick-witted character who works as a self-employed architectural draftsman. With the birth of his first child and the growing success of his wife, he unwillingly becomes a house-husband and develops an alcohol problem to compensate for his failing marriage and aspirations.

Kathy Williams, aged 38-53: At the start of the play Kathy is 38 and works as an art teacher but has high hopes for the children’s book she has just written. Her character changes with the success of her book and she gets caught up in her fame and neglects her family in the process.

Stuart Marshall, aged 40-65: Stuart works in an advertising firm at the start of the play and provides much of the humour in the play with his cutting wit. His sense of humour becomes tiresome to others whose misfortunes bear the brunt of his humour. At the end of the play his career takes a back seat as he adopts a supportive role to his domineering wife. He is said to have a fondness for food, which may be evident in his build.

Elizabeth Marshall-Clarke, aged 39-54: Elizabeth is a modern-day feminist who is determined that nothing will get in the way of her having a successful career as a lawyer – especially not having children. She is slightly domineering at times and is never scared of sharing her opinion with others. By the end of the play Elizabeth has become very successful and owns a large legal firm.

Rita Williams, aged 61-86: Rita is the mother of David and moves into their house to help David look after the three children while Kathy is overseas promoting her book. Once she has moved in she never leaves. Rita is a very funny character whose old-fashioned viewpoints provide a great contrast and much amusement throughout play.

Perusal scripts and audition pieces are available from the HLT office. Phone Kathy on 534-1406 for a copy. Please return perusal scripts promptly.

Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.30pm and on Sundays at 2pm, starting on January 16. Performances are from March 5-26: 16 performances.

The Director- Julian Harrison BPSA, LTCL
Julian has been involved in theatre from a very young age. As an actor he has been in numerous productions on both stage and screen. Currently he holds the position of Deputy Principal at HCYT and also teaches for Trinity College London. Recent shows he has directed include The Wizard of Oz, So What’s for Lunch and Hay Fever. Julian can be contacted on 537-4943 or 021-0355395 or email thecrownjules3@gmail.com.

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