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Horowhenua actress leads all-female cast in acclaimed play

Published: Thu 30 Jul 2015 12:35 PM
Horowhenua actress leads all-female cast in acclaimed Kiwi play
Junket Theatre Company and The Dark Room proudly present WINGS by Jess Sayer, directed by Darlene Mohekey.
Sometimes, when you’re driving through hell, it’s better to keep going. WINGS journeys with three sisters as they brave a decade of baggage on a road trip back to the place where all of their nightmares were born... home.
The play tackles themes of abandonment, personal identity and the hold of the past over our futures. Quinn, Bambi and Mo are all lost; all searching. Their mother is dead, but not mourned. Their father is in absentia, but not missed. These sisters know what it’s like to be forgotten. And after years of wandering, they have all reached a fork in the road.
As the journey unfolds, the play asks its audience: How would you fair – when walking the knife edge of sanity? What would you be capable of? In return, WINGS will challenge, engage and entertain.
Penned in 2013, WINGS has since gained popularity – premiering in Auckland, Wellington and soon, Otago. Much like Sayer’s play ELEVATOR, WINGS offers strong leading roles for woman, something Sayer is passionate about creating. In both theatre and film, there is a lack of strong roles for women. and film, there is a lack of strong roles for women. “Their arcs tend to revolve around men in some way. I’m determined to change that.”
ELEVATOR met with rave reviews and sell-out audience and has since been staged in North Carolina in early 2015. Sayer is a three time winner of Playmarket’s ‘B4 25’ Award and has twice been shortlisted for The Adam NZ Award. Anarchic, dark and, at times, outspoken, Sayer is fast becoming one of New Zealand’s most watched young playwrights.
Sayer stars in the play alongside director and original cast member Darlene Mohekey. A Horowhenua local, Mohekey appeared in Centrepoint Theatre’s Shop ’til You Drop and Well Hung, and TV’s Face Lift. Newcomer Naomi Cohen, a graduate of The Actors’ Program in Auckland who most recently featured in Auckland Theatre Company’s Lysistrata alongside Amanda Billing and Jennifer Ward-Lealand, completes the all-female cast.
WINGS boldly discusses the deterioration of a New Zealand family and the road that led them there. Told with a youthful vigour, WINGS is current, relevant and incisive.
‘Jess Sayer has written the essential Kiwi sisters road play.’ - Theatreview
‘New Zealand needs more plays like Wings.’ - Theatrescenes
NOTES FOR THE EDITOR / WINGS
Dates 2 September - 6 September 2015
Opening night Wednesday 2 September, 7.30pm
Times Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm / Sunday 5pm
Tickets Full $15 / Concession $10
Venue The Dark Room, cnr. Church & Pitt St, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Bookings 06 354 5740 or thedarkroomnz.com
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