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Caro

Thom Pain (based on nothing)

I don't know this play but there is a review of a performance of it in the latest edition of the NZ Listener which makes it sound interesting, though not necessarily my thing.

They call it challenging and often alienating.  Pain is played by Oliver Driver, who first made his name acting in Shortland Street, NZ's long-running soap mostly aimed at young people.  But he now directs and commentates.  Here the article says, he plays Pain "as mocking, angry, amusing, sardonic, desperate and sad, and sometimes all at the same time, which is no mean feat."  

The reviewere says it is an uncomfortable time for the audience as it is not a passive experience.  "One of the tsrongest moments occurs when Driver stalks the auditorium, hunting for prey to drag back on stage, causing palpably exquisite discomfort."  [This sentence perhaps is the main one that would make me stay away!]

"The antithesis of feel-good, but it is interesting, smart and challenging...this scornful meditation, both peculiarly pointless and curioiusly sharp, darly works its way under the skin to be reflected on well after the lights have come up."

Is it a play you know, Michael?  Or anyone?  

Cheers, Caro.

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