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Pineapple Lumps and Progress - Three Short Plays


Thu 22 Sep 2011, 8:00pm
Fri 23 Sep 2011, 8:00pm
Sat 24 Sep 2011, 4:00pm

Where: Shambles Theatre, 8 Amohau Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $15.00

Listed by: David Rumney

Three Guys is a new collective offering exciting and original theatre whilst telling quintessentially Kiwi stories. 3 Guys present three new original works fresh for Rotorua viewers. If you are in town for the World Cup or just chilling there, come along!

Jason and Me:
The average Kiwi bloke is the quintessential symbol of New Zealand. Their tough exterior, their full-force, hands-on approach to life, and a strong moral code are some of their defining features.

But what lies beneath this? What shapes a man, growing up in New Zealand, to become what he does?

“Jason and Me” is the look at the life of such a man, the friendships, and relationships he shares with others. Touching, funny, and heartfelt, this solo piece encapsulates the life of an average Kiwi bloke, bringing us snippets from his life. We follow this man from his first day of school, through the trails of adolescence, to heartache, and reaffirmation of his friendships, all the way to his best friend’s final moments.

Performed by Jeremy Rodmell.

Every Kiwi kid dreams of being an All Black. Holding that silver fern as the anthem plays, doing the haka for the first time and even enjoying Graham Henry’s oranges at half time. For Bolter this dream seems a million miles away. Playing for a small rural club team, Bolter is seen by the All Black coaches after a spate of injuries to the incumbent fullbacks in the team and brought into the side in the biggest year of New Zealand rugby’s history.

‘Bolter’ is set in Rugby World Cup year and New Zealand is the host nation. This is a story of real Kiwi’s striving for their dreams and shows that if you strive for your dream you can achieve anything. This very physically exciting piece is both hopeful and humorous as well as exploring one of New Zealand’s favourite past times.

Performed by Chris Neels and David Rumney.

Pineapple Lumps and Progress
What are the defining aspects of New Zealand? One person’s slice of paradise may be quite different from an others’. To Colin Palmer, of the greater Huntly region's district board, it’s the still standing Deka sign. To him, it’s a symbol of yesteryear, and a middle finger up to the lack of identity he sees in his country. But there is more to this case than meets the eye. When a surveyor contracted by Kmart is brought into Huntly to look at removing the sign, Colin’s world is sent into upheaval.

“Pineapple Lumps and Progress” touches on the importance of identity, in conjunction with the ability to evolve and move with the times. A hilarious, multi-charactered look at regional New Zealand, mixed with a skilful level of emotion, this show really is everything that a proud Kiwi could enjoy.

Performed by Chris Neels, Jeremy Rodmell and David Rumney.

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