Whangarei-based theatre collective Company of Giants is bringing back their familiar classic The Owl and the Pussycat for this weekend only at ONEONESIX. As part of a fundraising effort before they head to central Auckland to present it at the Civic Theatre's Winter Garden in association with Auckland Live, four shows have been slotted for Whangarei.
The show was a hit with audiences at its inception in an empty shop front in Cameron St in 2014. It went on to be the first show presented in what is now known as ONEONESIX - just before the company took over the building's lease in collaboration with the Whangarei District Council. Today ONEONESIX continues to be maintained by Company of Giants, and has become a vibrant community, arts and performance space.
Says director Laurel Devenie: "It is a piece that has pleased audiences of all ages wherever we've gone and we are excited to bring it back to Whangarei, a little sharper than it was last time with a few more musical numbers to get people going.
"It is full of joy, colour, magic and delight and celebrates a world where people that don't belong anywhere, find companionship and communion. The characters are rambunctious and out of control and are very hard not to fall in love with!"
Adapted from Edward Lear's classic poem The Owl and the Pussycat, the show is set in Whangarei, with the five-part ensemble drawing on their own experiences growing up there to create the fantastical show.
The Owl and the Pussycat kicks off in Whangarei today with two shows a day before the company heads South. This is a tale of delight and wonder set to the dusky hues of a late-night jazz club and a small guitar and is a show that appeals to all ages. Coffee and treats will be available.
116 Bank Street - Saturday July 7 & Sunday July 8. Tickets $15 adults, $10 concession, $7 children under five.