Friday, March 11, 2016

The Wolf is coming…


 “Treachery exists in many forms. We can see the evil, the injustices, the crimes, and their sources can be located and defined. We identify the darkness in neglect, denial, misjudgements, dismissal of rights, the injustices led by Governance systems, insurance companies, thieves, bad neighbours, and those we know. But it's closer than that. It's not there: it's here. It dwells in our institutions, our systems, our families, friends, and ultimately in us. The lies we tell ourselves, live by, defend and act on are where it starts. The Werewolves we need to fear are very close. – writer Tim Barcode. 

Wolf; the tale of trust, betrayal, alienation, duplicity, secrets and lies, set against the background of the earth, the council, insurers, and the government, turning against earthquake hit residents in Christchurch. Oh and wolves. You can't ignore wolves.

L to R: Sam Fisher, Talia Carlisle (Cushla),
Susannah Donovan (Cassie), CoffeeBar Kid
Following a successful season in Christchurch in 2013, Oily Rag Theatre is bringing Wolf to BATS in time for autumn and Easter 2016. Be lulled into a civilised illusory bubble before the true nature of the world rips through to get you.

From Tim Barcode, writer of successful plays, including: Location Location; Triffic Travel; Cafe Dement; Interviews and other lies; Geeks Bearing Gifts; The Adjudicator (NZTF One Act Play winner).

WOLF, about betrayal that starts in the crust of the earth but spills into people’s lives and a world turned inside out and evil that lurks.

Director Sam Fisher says this play uses the Christchurch earthquakes as a metaphor and backdrop for personal stories, “This is a story set against the earthquakes. The quakes taught people a lot about each other and insurance companies and government, that perhaps they would rather not have known.  The failure of the land and of the institutions is mirrored in the failings of people.  The play is sharp, intense and we believe engrossing. The hardest thing is reproducing earthquakes in a theatre situation.”

“We’re really lucky to have the director and a cast member who lived through the quakes and lived a few streets from where the play is set.  Ryan Mead who plays earthquake worker Mike lived in Aranui/Avonside and knows the actual location very well.

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