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A story of people’s desires and yearnings is set to be played out in Timaru.
Pride and Prejudice opens at the Aidan Theatre in Latter St tomorrow night — a show its director says will make audience members feel as if they are right among the characters.
‘‘People should come because they will feel like they are right in there among the characters as they work through all of it,’’ director John Butterfield said.
‘‘You get to have tea and lose yourself a bit.’’
The show is the first for the Aidan Theatre, which Timaru woman Kimble Henderson opened earlier this year.
She completed a master’s degree in theatre directing at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and Victoria University in Wellington in February and met Butterfield during her studies.
‘‘Kimble was my underclassman at the school in Wellington,’’ Butterfield said.
‘‘We both have produced our own work in the past and are both looking to build new work. Kimble was opening a new theatre space very similar to the one my company occupied in the US.’’
He described the theatres as ‘‘a space that isn’t a traditional theatre, a immersive space that allows a more intimate relationship with the work’’.
‘‘She wanted a work with name recognition to open her theatre. I pitched the adaptation my company commissioned of Pride and Prejudice. She liked the idea and we were off to the races.
‘‘I am very jealous of the space. A large adaptable black box space with a rehearsal studio and costume room connected.
‘‘There are heaps of possibilities here and I know she will be bringing some really imaginative work to life in this space.’’
Butterfield said the story of Pride and Prejudice was about communication and assumptions — getting it wrong and then getting it right.
‘‘It is a story about people’s desires and yearnings, and how to navigate that when society tells you one thing and your heart another.
‘‘People should come to see the show because it’s funny and charming in a way that only Jane Austen can be.’’ – Pride and Prejudice will be staged at the Aidan Theatre, 28 Latter St, Timaru, on September 9 and 10 at 7pm, September 11 at 2pm, September 13 to 16 at 7pm and September 17 at 2pm.
Book online at www.nmw.co.nz or at the door — cash-only door sales.
Tickets are $25 and include complimentary high tea.