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Drowning in Veronica Lake

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011 -
Saturday, November 12, 2011

7.30pm Sunday 4.30pm

Circa Theatre

From $25.00

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Revisit the Golden Age of Hollywood via the sordid underbelly of the film industry in Flaxworks highly acclaimed production, Drowning in Veronica Lake - a darkly comic tribute to the eponymous 1940’s screen siren.

Veronica Lake was one of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars in the 1940’s. At the peak of her brief career she campaigned tirelessly for the US war effort, took tea with Eleanor Roosevelt, piloted her own plane from coast to coast, was famously sued by her own mother and was bankrupted by the IRS before a rapid descent into obscurity, alcoholism and a premature and lonely death as an unknown 50 year old cocktail waitress. Typecast early in her career as the ice cool blonde, the archetypal femme fatale, she was thrust into the limelight at an early age, as Hollywood’s newest sensation. Naïve and unprepared she left in her wake a polarised industry who either loved or loathed her.

Drowning in Veronica Lake was first performed at the Wellington, Auckland and Dunedin Fringe Festivals in February/March 2011. The story, written by Phil Ormsby, of the transitory nature of fame and of Lake’s struggle with alcohol and her personal identity struck a chord with audiences and critics alike. It played three seasons to fantastic reviews, was nominated for Best Performance at Auckland and Dunedin Fringe Festivals and won Best Production design at Dunedin Fringe Festival.

Flaxworks has since performed Drowning in Veronica Lake at the Southland Arts Festival in May 2011 and are about to perform at both the Nelson and Tauranga Arts Festivals in October as well as a one off performance at The Old Library in Whangarei before their return to Wellington for a two week season at Circa Two from November 1 – 12.


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