Remarkable Theatre members (from left) producer Sarah Bogle
and actors Tiffany Menzies, David Cantwell and David Oakley
rehearse their play-reading in Dux de Lux in preparation
for their debut public performance in the Church St pub on
Sunday. Photo by James Beech.
Audiences will be required to suspend disbelief and
engage their imaginations a little more than usual when the
Remarkable Theatre stages its new series of plays without
costumes, props, or even a stage.
The non-profit Queenstown society will present its first
"Play of the Month" in the Dux de Lux on Sunday and the first
Sunday of the month from then on. The informal format will
involve "rehearsed readings" from scripts by Wakatipu actors
and actresses standing in the pub's lounge.
"The point is to give the opportunity to cast, aspiring
directors and audiences of a theatre experience on a regular
basis and maintain interest between our two major productions
a year," actor David Cantwell said.
The first play by Remarkable Theatre will be a satirical
dissection of celebrity culture called Dumb Show (2004) by
British journalist turned playwright and screenwriter Joe
Tiffany Menzies and David Oakley play a pair of down-market
newspaper reporters orchestrating a classic tabloid sting
against a television personality played by Mr Cantwell, who
doubled as director.
The imaginary curtain rises on Dumb Show at the Dux de Lux on
Sunday at 7.30pm.