‘Last Legs’ gets first run

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Last Legs cast members (from left) Lynley McKerrow as Trish/Sheila, Annie Sherborne as Helena/Jessie pours a glass of wine on Ian Reeves as Gary, Brogan Campbell as Kitty/Joyce and Dorothy Hart-Brown as Eve/Edna.

“IT is a pure comedy,” director Jonathan Tucker says of the Invercargill Repertory Society’s upcoming production of Last Legs.

The Roger Hall play will be restaged from Tuesday, October 13, to Saturday, October 17, as it was postponed earlier this year due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

“It was a play which many people could relate to,” he said.

“The political aspect was perfectly timed… and the play would hugely appeal to many.”

However, due to some of its “raunchy” content, it was suited for adults, he said.

Set in an upmarket retirement community in Takapuna, on Auckland’s North Shore, Last Legs follows a group of recognisable characters in a black comedy about sex, death and politics.

Former friends and lovers re-meet and rekindle their friendships and passions.

“One of the residents discovers an old flame at the village… and goes from the old shuffley walk to a brisk, no-nonsense stroll.”

News the Prime Minister [Bill English] is to open a new wing of the Cambridge Retirement Village sparks a revolution among its residents.

“It’s about hilarious shenanigans in a retirement village,” Tucker said.

As with other Roger Hall plays, “it is a cast of rogues and bigger than life characters”.

The play would be dedicated to well-known former Repertory Society stalwart Buffy Edlin, who was the play’s production secretary before lockdown postponed the original dates, and who had since died, Tucker said.

The cast consisted of many well-known Invercargill thespians, including Ian Reeves, Lynley McKerrow, Lindsay Abbott, Annie Sherbourne, Brogan Campbell and Dorothy Hart-Brown.

“It’s a powerful cast.”

  • Last Legs, Repertory House, Invercargill, October 13-17. Tickets from Repertory house, corner Esk and Jed Sts, Monday to Friday, noon-2.30pm, or phone 03 218 6257. Adults $30, senior citizens and students $20.
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