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Mon 7 Mar 2011, 8:00pm
Tue 8 Mar 2011, 6:30pm
Tue 8 Mar 2011, 8:00pm
Wed 9 Mar 2011, 6:30pm
Wed 9 Mar 2011, 8:00pm

Where: Princes Gate Hotel, 1057 Arawa St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply

What if these walls could speak? This was the question posed by Paul McLaughlin and Martyn Roberts of a hotel suite in Brisbane, Australia. Whilst on tour, the two practitioners conceived the idea of creating a site-specific show to be performed in a luxury hotel suite.

The characters-

We fleetingly glimpse a prostitute, who stealthily departs the suite at the beginning of the play. We meet Anita, a young housewife meeting her new lover for the first time in the suite; the businessman, who is in town for a bereavement and continues to cut deals on the phone with all and sundry - including the prostitute. The air hostess represents another regular visitor to the suite, her character explores the everyday realities and perils of long-term residence in hotel suites. The final strand of the story is that of the married couple, who enact an intricate and sexually charged role-play in some attempt to regain the spark in their marriage.

The style-

With a 100% NZ music soundscape that supports the entire show, and blocking techniques inspired by the cinema, Hotel creates unique, intimate show for patrons to experience.

"Yes, it was like being that proverbial fly on the wall. By the end I felt like I'd experienced that profound thing - the pity and joy of humanity. There is that frisson of wonder as make-believe is brought so close to real life that it makes you apprehend real life with heightened senses. This kind of theatre throws up artistic challenges and possibilities like no other and they've been met with alacrity here. Go see'. - Mary-Anne Bourke, Theatreview 11/2/07

"This excellent little show uses that site-specific rule of location as its spine and then gently, gingerly, and beguilingly lets the flesh of four story lines grow on it and around it. Room 329 at the Sebel Hotel becomes the train station for characters who occupy the same space in different time zones. This is a fantastic choice of work for the growing and most-popular-ever 2009 Tauranga Arts Festival. It's a neat concept and I really applaud Paul McLaughlin and company for their work. The original devisers and performers are a joy to watch; timing of dialogue (at times beautifully overlapping or echoing a word, a phrase, a gesture - excellent!) is superb as these actors allow themselves the luxury of time and place to just be in front of a small audience where the 4th wall is well and truly up... it's compellingly voyeuristic and I think Paul is onto something very strong here... More please. It's like an Agatha Christie, minus the murder, slightly sexier, and on speed. Come on, people, work it out! I love a play that knows its audience has intelligence. This work really requires us to mix and mingle with its characters' needs and wants and most answers are eventually surrendered." - Vanessa Byrnes, 28 Oct 2009; The Bay Times.

Restaurants to book near Hotel: SOLD OUT