Warkworth Theatre Group will present Cornucopia – six short New Zealand plays in a single show – to celebrate New Zealand Play Month.
Three of the plays, The Letter, Lost Soul and Frozen, are written by local writers.
The Letter, a comedy by Susan Howard of Matakana, will be familiar to all in the Rodney area. Life is not all beer and skittles on a lifestyle block in the country. The neighbours are gathering for a fight against the council when some startling news is received.
In Lost Soul, by Dennis Lewis of Snells Beach, a money-grubbing, cheating psychiatrist finally gets his comeuppance while treating a Warkworth patient.
In Frozen, by Pam Ellender of Warkworth, a group of seniors hit on a novel approach to supplementing their pensions.
The other plays are Crosswords by award-winning playwright Tim Hambleton, Speed Dating by Richard Prevett and The Willing Horse by Isobel Andrews.
The Willing Horse is a World War II era comedy set in the kitchen of Waituna Hall, the centre of all social activity in a New Zealand farming district. New love and love unrequited are discovered over the teacups and sandwiches.
In Crosswords, a domestic tiff threatens to turn ugly.
In Speed Dating the audience witnesses one couple’s first rushed meeting.
Three members of the Warkworth Theatre Group will make their directorial debut for Cornucopia. They are Robin Brown (Crosswords), Rosie Hutchinson (Speed Dating) and Susan Howard (The Letter). The other directors are Joanna Pearce (Lost Soul), Sally Knight (Frozen) and Robyn Kellian (The Willing Horse).
Performances take place at the Warkworth Town Hall on Wednesday, August 29, 7pm; Thursday, August 30, 7pm, Friday August 31, 7pm; Saturday, September 1, 2pm and 7pm.
Tickets are $20 each or $150 for a table of eight. Students, gold coin donation. Tickets available at the door or from Harts Pharmacy, Mahurangi Matters or Gull Matakana.