Let the games begin

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    Kerry Penisula-Spain demonstrates how to create a White Walker look on Caleb Spain (17) during a makeup effects tutorial for Games and Thrones. Photo: Corrina Jane Photography

    IT’S almost game time for the cast and crew of this year’s Shakespeare in the Park production.

    Games and Thrones will be performed in the Otepuni Gardens from February 14-18, and is being directed by Angela Newell and Jonathan Tucker.

    Taking inspiration from popular series Game of Thrones, Newell said it was going to be a really dynamic show.

    “We get an insight into some of the darker elements of human nature, especially about people striving for power and position,” she said.

    “Many of the characters in the play are on a journey… whether it’s Joan of Arc trying to help France win against the English, or Richard III battling with his conscience about the people that he’s murdered.”

    Caren Mackay applies make-up to Ken Manson.

    Scenes from six plays would be presented in promenade style, with the audience led to characters including ghosts from the past, Titania and Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and historical figures Cleopatra and Julius Caesar.

    Newell said there was a strong theme of people’s one-track-minded goal of getting what they wanted.

    “Cleopatra commits suicide because she can’t have the love that she wants with Mark Antony, so they’re all striving for something really big and important in their own world, whether it’s love or power, or politics.

    “So the audiences will certainly be given something to think about – what is the price you pay for getting what you really want.”

    Southland musicians Kipu Tipuna and Dene Allen will provide pre-show entertainment, as groups will leave from the band rotunda area at 20-minute intervals.

    Newell said it was great to be back in the Otepuni Gardens after performing for several years in Queens Park.

    “It’s a beautiful setting with lots of really interesting little nooks and crannies for theatre to take place,” she said.

    “For us it’s been fun to find work that can fit within that setting.”

    Newell said they were also extending the experience by offering tea and coffee at the end of the play at the Southland Masonic Centre, on Forth St.

    Guests will also be able to get a closer look at the costumes, try some on and enjoy some further entertainment.

    This year 35 cast members were involved, with about 10 crew each night, she said.

    “It’s a great core of people.

    Games and Thrones, February 14-18, 6.10pm, 6.30pm, 6.50pm and 7.10pm. Tickets available from eventfinda.co.nz and the Invercargill i-Site.

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