Central Otago thespians head to Norfolk Island

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PAM.JONES

@alliedpress.co.nz

Six Central Otago thespians are set to take local productions to an international level, as they prepare to perform at the Norfolk Island Theatre Festival.

Joy Ramsay and Barry Gibbons, both of Alexandra, will perform Carol and Nev at the annual festival which begins at the end of this month. They have already won three national awards between them for their performance of the one-act play.

They will be joined at the festival by Clyde Theatre Group members Paula Angus, of Cromwell, Lucy Collins, formerly of Alexandra but now of Dunedin, Catherine Brown, of Bannockburn, and Kylee Murphy, of Clyde, who will perform the play Chook Chook at the Norfolk Island event.

Ms Ramsay said the two groups were thrilled to be attending the festival, and looking forward both to meeting others performing at the event, and exploring Norfolk Island.

Ms Ramsay attended the festival two years ago as a spectator and had “wanted to go back to perform ever since then”.

Both groups had been keen to attend and had raised money to attend the festival, Ms Ramsay, who is directing Chook Chook for the Norfolk Island event, said.

Ms Ramsay, of the Clyde Theatre Group, and Mr Gibbons, of the Alexandra Musical Society, had now performed Carol and NevĀ various times locally, regionally and nationally, including at the national TheatreFest awards in 2016, when they won the award for best production of a New Zealand play and best adult production, and Ms Ramsay won the best actor female.

Chook Chook was performed by the Clyde Theatre Group in Clyde last year.

Cast member Miss Angus said the group was looking forward to the opportunity of being adjudicated at the Norfolk Island event.

“It’s a good opportunity to learn a lot and bring it back to the group.”

Chook Chook will be performed again in Central Otago this weekend ahead of the Norfolk Island Theatre Festival. It will be held at the Ranfurly Rugby Club rooms at 7.30pm on Saturday and at the Bannockburn Hall at 4pm on Sunday.