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Between The Sheets

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013


Basement, The

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All Ages

A call to arms by the many female creative types throughout Auckland and New Zealand, Royale Production’s Between The Sheets, playing The Basement Theatre from November 19th, is a retort to comments about the Auckland theatre scene being dominated by the men.

“If you handed out report cards for shows, Between the Sheets would get straight As.”- The Globe and Mail

Teresa, a third-grade teacher in her late twenties, meets Marion, the mother of one of her students, for a her parent-teacher interview of which Marion’s son Alex is the subject. It’s revealed that Teresa is involved in an extramarital affair with Marion’s husband – and so the differing viewpoints and life paths of these two women suddenly converge with dramatic results.

The debut work of Canadian playwright Jordi Mand, Between The Sheets is a psychological drama feature a cast of two women. Set in the confines a classroom this could be any English speaking country in today’s contemporary world.

Premiering at the Nightwood Theatre in Toronto as part of their 2012 season, it earned strong reviews and proved an evocative piece to many in the audience – including hallowed New Zealand performer Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

Ward-Lealand, a delegate at the International Federation of Actors World Congress, immediately recognised the universality of its themes to Western audiences and promptly secured the rights to bring it to New Zealand for the first time in 2013 – choosing not only to co-produce it with Royale Productions but to also star in the piece alongside Shortland Street favourite Beth Allen.

While the theme of Between The Sheets resonates with both Ward-Lealand and Allen, its all-female cast and crew during its Nightwood Theatre season also struck a chord with the pair. The work acts partly as a response to an article by Janet Mcallister in the NZ Herald back in 2012, regarding how Auckland’s theatre scene is dominated by men – leading to the Auckland season being produced by an all-female team also.

Cue the talents of Sophie Roberts in a directors role and Jane Hakaraia designing the show – and given the incredible calibre of works the lead actresses bring to this season, Between The Sheets looks set to not only provide a response to said-article, but also bring the resonating themes with it to Auckland theatre-goers.


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