Both Peninsula's March-April and rescheduled August seasons were postponed by a very nasty virus, but with our new November season on the horizon, we're glad to say a phoenix can rise from the ashes more than once, and it takes more than that to keep a good play down!
10-year-old Michael Hope lives on a volcano - but while geological rumblings stay deep underground, unrest in the adult world threatens to erupt into his life, changing everything.
Set on the South Island's Banks Peninsula in the 1960s, 'Peninsula' is a warmly nostalgic, bittersweet coming of age tale. When the play premiered at the Christchurch Arts Festival in 2005, The Press reviewer Alan Scott rated it highly, as follows -
"It is a play of impressive and unusual quality, a New Zealand play, set on our own doorstep, which evokes a Banks Peninsula childhood of 40 years ago.
However, like all good theatre, it transcends its specific time and location to give us an insight into the universal human heart.
I cannot think of a New Zealand production that drives more deeply into the memories of the audience."
Kristof Haines directs - and now acts - in this production of playwright Gary Henderson's work, with Kristof and each of the following actors playing an older and younger character: Jono Capel-Baker, Sofie Gabriel, Duncan Preston, and Rebekah Talsma.
The Peninsula Actors Hall of Fame contains Steph Curtis - a veteran of the original March-April season and from July a proud mother - and Ross Anderson: Veteran of two postponed seasons.
Presented by arrangement with Playmarket.