Fiordland Players put up a good fight

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CHRISTMAS is coming early for the Fiordland Players Theatre Group this year.
The group will perform its annual production next week — the festive, yet feisty Twas The Fight Before Christmas.
The comedy, by New Zealand playwright Devon Williamson, told the story of a family who didn’t always get along, director Kathy Singleton said.
It is the second Williamson play the group has performed, following on from The Old People Are Revolting in 2014.
Singleton said she had seen this year’s play before and found it very funny.
Mary (Samantha McBride), is dreading the return of her opinionated, stroppy and whiny daughters Amanda (Sarah McLeod-Young) and Stella (Marcella Robertson) for the holiday, she said.
Her husband had died just before the previous Christmas.
‘‘He was the one that kept the family together and in line.’’
Mary turns to the French psychologist next door Jean-Pierre (PC Taylor) for advice about how she’s going to cope with Christmas.
Some advice works and some doesn’t, Singleton said, and the sisters end up in a fight.
The action happened between Mary’s and Jean-Pierre’s houses, with the set designed to pivot between the two, she said.
Singleton said she was very pleased with how the production was coming along and hoped the community would enjoy it.
‘‘Grab a few friends and come and have a mid-winter Christmas with us.’’ Í Twas The Fight Before Christmas, June 30-July 2, 7.30pm, Fiordland Community Events Centre, Te Anau. Adults $25, students/seniors/groups of 10 or more $20. Tickets available from the Te Anau Photocentre, email fiordlandplayers@gmail.com, or message the Fiordland Players Theatre Group Facebook page to arrange for tickets to be put aside for collection at the door. Tickets also at the door, with eftpos available.

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