27 June 2011

An Oak Tree

A bold and absurd play about the power of the mind terrifies Wellington actors!
The premise of Circa Theatre’s upcoming play An Oak Tree written by Tim Crouch is a daunting and exhilarating prospect for any actor.  Actor Tim Spite will share the stage every night with a new actor who has never seen the script!

“It could be a f@#king nightmare; a different actor, a different performance every night. How the bloody hell am I going to prevent myself from being thrown. It’s bad enough with senile actors who forget their lines occasionally... but this person won’t know any of the lines. Help!!!”
– Tim Spite 

AN OAK TREE is a remarkable play for two actors, one of whom is played by a different actor – at each performance. This actor walks on stage having neither seen nor read a word of the play that they’re in… until they’re in it!

The new actor plays a man loses his daughter to a car crash. Nothing now is what it is. It’s like he’s in a play – but he doesn’t know the words or the moves.

“I’m terrified!” says Spite. “I’ve just spent five weeks rehearsing with my stage manager reading the other persons lines for me. I’ve no idea what to expect. I have to guide some poor bewildered actor through the show and god knows how they’re going to react! What if they get Sir Ian McKellen? I’ll shit myself.”
Confirmed actors to date include Michele Amas, Jason Whyte, Jane Waddell, Gavin Rutherford, Darlene Moheke, Heather O'Carroll, Phil Grieve, Jessica Robinson, Simon Vincent, Geraldine Brophy, Martyn Wood, Emma Kinane, Kip Chapman, Adam Gardiner, Miranda Harcourt, Paul McLaughlin, Chris Brougham and Anya Tate-Manning – with many more to come.

Guest actors will be updated on the Circa web page every Monday so check out www.circa.co.nz <http://www.circa.co.nz> to see who will be performing each week!

“Absolutely****ing fantastic!!!” - The Observer
“It’s mind blowing – for the actors and the audience.” - The Herald

An Oak TreeWritten By Tim Crouch / Directed By Andrew Foster
2 – 30 JUL, 7.30pmSunday Matinee 4.30pm
Circa Two, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington
BOOK: 04 801 7992 or www.circa.co.nz <http://www.circa.co.nz>

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