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Rough Notes and Silent Comedy


Thu 14 May 2015, 2:00pm
Thu 14 May 2015, 7:30pm

Where: Everybody's Theatre, 72 Tasman Street, Opunake, South Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $8.00
  • Students: $4.00
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Slapstick and surprises for Opunake.

Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton feature in ‘Rough Notes and Silent Comedy,’ a show with live music and humourous stories at Everybody’s Theatre, Opunake on Thursday 14 May at 2pm and 7.30pm.

“The show might seem as retro as you can get,” says pianist and writer Gilbert Haisman who is presenting the show, “but there’s not a thing in it that isn’t of today. By the end of each film ―they are 20 minute shorts― the bad guys who have all the power have been trumped by an underclass clown.”

The show is two halves, each one starting with spoken word and musical items and finishing with a silent comedy. “Chaplin and Keaton are just the best guest stars,” says Gilbert Haisman. “So consistent! Nothing I play puts them off.”

Haisman’s music includes early jazz, folk themes, baroque, popular songs and contemporary compositions. The spoken word items come from real-life incidents that yielded stories and poems, mostly humourous and some published in Landfall, Takahe and other periodicals. The ‘surprises’ include a touch of comedian Victor Borge.

“My mother played for silent films in the Ureweras,” says Gilbert Haisman, “So I’ve always felt that I should follow suit. She couldn’t read music but as a teenager in 1929 she was the only person in the hydro construction camp in Tuai who could play the piano. Every Saturday, the mail cart would bring a film to be screened that night. If it was a cowboy film, she would she trot put every cowboy song she knew and the Tuhoe folk would cheer for the Indians.”

Author of two books, Haisman has won two minor literary awards. A collection of his fiction, travel writing, poems and satirical columns will be published later this year.

Admission to show is $8 for adults and $4 for students with pre-schoolers free. Contact: Debbie Campbell 027 290 289 2.

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