Letter To Blanchy Takes The Stage

Published: Tue 18 Nov 2008 01:30 PM
Letter To Blanchy Takes The Stage
ICONIC New Zealand comedians David McPhail and Jon Gadsby adapt their award-winning television show, Letter to Blanchy for a nationwide tour of their stage play LETTER TO BLANCHY: STIR CRAZY.
This hilarious play has something to amuse and entertain everyone, be it through recognition of the foibles of the characters, sympathy for the plight of the unwilling bedfellows, or simply relief that it isn’t them.
Demand is already high and audiences are urged to book quickly in order to enjoy a brand-new – and uniquely kiwi - comedy from two of the country’s finest.
Tickets on sale 9am November 24. Booking details below. Group & senior discounts available
Letter To Blanchy: Stir Crazy boasted an astonishing 95 % audience over seven weeks at Christchurch’s Court Theatre earlier this year and now the comedy duo are sharing the laughs with the rest of New Zealand. The tour will take in an impressive 16 venues, starting with Whangarei on February 26 and travelling through to Dunedin on March 21. See full schedule below.
Stir Crazy is their first co-writing effort after almost a decade since television series such as A Week of It, McPhail & Gadsby, and Issues; and it is the first time they have revisited the characters created for the much-loved comedy classic Letter To Blanchy.
McPhail and Gadsby star in their signature roles of Derek and Barry, joined by Tom Trevella as put-upon friend and brother-in-law Ray. Veteran actor Martin Howells completes the comic quartet in the role of Col (Derek’s horse trainer) whose marital strife, off-key singing and “trouble with the waterworks” has already frayed nerves before the four characters arrive at the ominously-named “Starvation Hut” for a spot of fishing. Soon after arrival, torrential rain and flooding cuts off the only means of escape, trapping the group together in a tramping hut. As the rain continues to pour, tensions rise until even the most trivial of pursuits may be the catalyst for catastrophe.
The original teleplay won a New Zealand Television and Film Award for Best Comedy Script and the stage potential immediately struck the pair. “When we were writing the television script we felt it would make a good play”, says Gadsby. “It felt like one in many ways because the action is character-driven and takes place in one location,” adds McPhail “so it stuck in our minds as something we could do in the future”.
McPhail and Gadsby set about adapting a 21-minute teleplay into a full-length script and realising the comic potential of the scenario. “The result is one of the funniest things I think we’ve written,” says McPhail, “You can believe the escalating insanity as they’re forced to share this tiny cabin for days. Their personalities collide and, as the tension builds, the more we laugh.”
With buoyant advanced sales, audiences are clearly leaping at the chance to spend a laugh-filled evening with David McPhail and Jon Gadsby as they bring their comic genius to the stage.
February – March 2009
North Island
Whangarei Thu 26th Feb Forum North. Book at Ticketek
Tauranga Fri 27th Feb Baycourt. Book at Ticketdirect
Hamilton Sat 28th Feb Meteor Theatre. Book at Ticketdirect
New Plymouth Sun 1st Mar TSB Showplace. Book at Ticketek
Wanganui Tue 3rd Mar Royal Wanganui Opera House. Book at Royal Wanganui Opera House
Palmerston North Wed 4th Mar The Globe. Book at Ticketdirect
Napier Fri 6th Mar Century Theatre. Book at Ticketdirect
Upper Hutt  Sat 7th Mar Expressions. Book at Ticketdirect
South Island
Nelson Thu 12th Mar Nelson School of Music. Book at Nelson School of Music
Blenheim Fri 13th Marlborough Civic Theatre. Book at Ticketdirect
Greymouth Sat 14th Mar Regent Theatre. Book at Regent Theatre
Ashburton Sun 15th Mar Ashburton Trust Events Centre. Book at Regent iTicket
Timaru Wed 18th Mar Theatre Royal. Book at Newman’s Musicworks
Invercargill   Thu 19th Mar Civic Theatre. Book at ICC Booking Office
Gore   Fri 20th Mar St James Theatre. Book at Cairns MusicWorks
Dunedin Sat 21st Mar Mayfair Theatre. Book at Regent Box Office

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