Celebrating the darkness within us all

A Slightly Isolated Dog performers (from left) Andrew Paterson, Susie Berry, Comfrey Sanders, Jack Buchanan and Jonathan Price. Sanders, Berry and Price will be in Invercargill to perform Jekyll and Hyde.

THINGS are about to get a little bit scary, sexy and silly – and a whole lot of fun.

Wellington-based performance company A Slightly Isolated Dog will present Jekyll and Hyde at the Southland Arts Festival on Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18.

Based on the novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, this version of the story won’t be a classic retelling.

Instead, a troupe of five “French” characters, played in Invercargill by Comfrey Sanders, Jonathan Price, Susie Berry, Aaron Cortesi and Leo Gene Peters, will bring the story of dark sides and desire to life.

“The story of Jekyll and Hyde is very scary, but very sexy at the same time,” Sanders said.

Sanders is an actor, writer, and film-maker. She was born in West Wales, in the United Kingdom, and relocated to New Zealand 16 years ago where she trained at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School.

Since graduating she has worked on numerous productions, including Jekyll and Hyde.

She said the show was fun and interactive, with lots of comedy and physical comedy.

“The whole idea of the show is that the audience is a part of the show, in a really fun, interactive, safe way.

“The play couldn’t happen if the audience weren’t there. The audience is very integral to the story, and that means that every night is a really different experience because the audience is different.”

She said the show always ended up being a great party, with lots of singing and musical moments.

“It’s really nice to come with a group of people and just have a great time together, and have a little bit of a party at the theatre.”

Sanders said the show would be great for a family or group of friends, and would be suitable for older teenagers and above. She encouraged Southlanders to come along and join in the fun.

“It’s just a very fun, very silly and sexy show that I think appeals to all ages.

“Come and have a little drink, have a little chat, have a little dance. It’ll be great.”

The show had been performed at several festivals and the company was getting ready to take it on a tour of New Zealand and then to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year.

Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18, 7.30pm. Schools’ show, Friday, May 18, 11.20am.

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