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Presented by Everybody Cool Lives Here
Directed by  Isobel MacKinnon

 

Everybody Cool Lives Here are Back!

Following the success of Wake Up Tomorrow (2015 Best in NZ Fringe) Everybody Cool Lives Here are returning to Circa with a fresh new work!

Devised by a core cast of performers with and without intellectual disabilities, No Post on Sunday is set to be a physical, confronting and charming work under the guidance of director Isobel MacKinnon (Best Director – NZ Fringe 2015).

Everybody Cool Lives Here are excited to take this next step in empowering this dynamic group of young people to express themselves on stage as emerging theatre makers.

 

  • 27 Aug – 10 Sep

    Preview 26 Aug

  • Tues – Sat 7.30pm

    Sun 4.30pm

    Running time: 70mins (no interval)

  • Full $39

    Seniors & Adult students $34

    Senior groups 20+ are $28

    Friends of Circa $33

    Under 25s $25

    $25 specials – Friday 26th August at 7.30pm and Sunday 28th August at 4.30pm.

     

    Access Price of $18 for selected groups and Carers. Contact circa@circa.co.nz or 04 801 7992

  • Theatre Review: No Post on Sunday

    No Post on Sundayis an original and fascinating story around neighbourhoods and communities.

    No Post on Sunday is an original and fascinating story around neighbourhoods and communities.

    No Post On Sunday
    Devised by the cast and directed by Isobel MacKinnon
    Circa Theatre, Wellington, until September 10

    After a very successful production last year of Wake Up Tomorrow in Wellington’s Fringe Festival, which was an Everybody Cool Lives Here production in collaboration with Active (an IDEA Service’s group for youths with intellectual disabilities), artistic director Rose Kirkup and play director Isobel MacKinnon have come up with another just as exciting and innovative production for the group.

    While No Post On Sunday, their current production, is more structured, with a definite storyline and uses less people on stage than their previous work, it is still based on the group’s concept of collective writing by the whole cast, using a process of group storytelling and improvisation.

    And what they have come up with is an original and fascinating story around neighbourhoods and communities.

    At the beginning of the show, the voice of PK (Nicholas Smith), the local TV reporter, explains that this community is called Smithville and on Meg Rollandi’s busy but creative set, the audience is taken around the various streets and houses meeting a number of the residents. Included in this is writer Wendy Martin (Nicholas Smith), David (Duncan Armstrong), who manages the local Post Shop and Harry (Jacob Dombroski), the postie. There are also various other characters around town, like Eco Bill and the residents of an apartment block, all played by Andrew Gunn and Barnaby Smith.

    A bit of a prankster, David likes playing tricks on people and so, when the mail goes missing, everyone thinks it is just another one of his tricks. But then Harry soon realises that David has been kidnapped and rounds up all the locals to find him which they do in a rather unexpected place. There is also a love interest of David with Wendy ending in a very delightful wedding ceremony.

    Full of quirky humour, the main players of Armstrong and Dombroski have a natural talent for comedy and play many of their scenes with comic actions, rather than words. Smith also does well as the roving reporter investigating what is going on.

    The simple but affecting story is not all humour though, as Armstrong’s portrayal of being rejected by his love interest creates a real moment of pathos that is very moving and gives the production depth and a sense of reality, along with all the fun, which makes it very entertaining.

     – Stuff

  • A FINE EXAMPLE OF KIWI COMMEDIA

    Print Version

    NO POST ON SUNDAY
    Devised by the company
    Directed by Isobel MacKinnon
    Presented by Everybody Cool Lives Here

    at Circa Two, Wellington
    Until 10 Sep 2016

    Reviewed by John Smythe, 28 Aug 2016

    The title – No Post on Sunday – tells us we’re in nostalgia territory, back in the days when snail mail was delivered six days a week. And we’re only minutes into the play when we realise this small town called Smithville still has a post office. By the end it’s clear that everyone knows everyone else and – despite some very different personalities, concerns and objectives in life – they all care about, and for, each other in this community. Nostalgia indeed.

    Initially the Meg Rollandi-designed set in Circa Two looks busy and cluttered: patterned panels at the back evoke the 1970s; cardboard boxes are strewn on stage; Venetian blinds hang in space; a hoarder’s cubbyhole on one side, a tidy domestic space on the other; a mattress and pillow tucked in near a stack of coloured pigeonholes … All very intriguing.

    It beings to make sense when local radio host PK (Nicholas Smith) takes us on a audio tour of Main Street, Smithville, abetted by pop-up master Jacob Dombrowski. We discover a post office, town hall, hotel, supermarket, dog biscuit factory, train station … And, represented by a long-drop of Venetian blind, the newest building in town: a high-rise apartment block called Ultim Towers. That’s a lot of town on such a small stage!

    But Everybody Cool Lives Here (Artistic Director, Rose Kirkup; play Director Isobel MacKinnon) is all about inclusion and dissolving supposed limitations. Pigeonholes may have their uses in the mainstream where such syndromes as those named after Down and Asperger lead to learning difficulties but here they present an opportunity to invent a fresh way of devising theatre.

    In her programme note, MacKinnon calls their devising process a non-hierarchical “radical act” which creates “a horizontal space for these theatre makers to determine what a valuable, worthy story might be. As a result, this work is a merger of the concerns and imaginings of this company of actors.” What has emerged, from an experience she describes as “at turns unexpected, hilarious, chaotic, subtle and poignant”, is a delightful story that proved the importance of community and communication.

    Three ‘stand-out’ young actors from last year’s award-winning Fringe show Wake Up Tomorrow – Duncan Armstrong, Jacob Dombrowski and Nicholas Smith – head up the No Post on Sunday cast, supported by Andrew Gunn and Barnaby Olsen as an idiosyncratic range of characters.

    Armstrong and Dombrowski are consummate clowns in their respective roles of David Stanley the Post Master and Harry the Postman. David, whose habit of playing practical jokes on people is not always appreciated, is engaged to the local radio station’s roving reporter Wendy Martin, amusingly played with no-nonsense purpose by Nicholas Smith. The tall and short of it is they are a very comical couple and we can only wish them well – but something mysterious begins to threaten their future happiness.

    Harry has the all-important job of delivering the mail and boy is he a smooth mover as he boogies to the muzak in the Ultim Towers lift. The Mayor (Olson) in the penthouse is expecting the plans for his promised Aqua Park, a Gentleman (Gunn) below is dependent on his medication, and the shy Woman (Olson) further down still seems to have attracted Harry’s affections given she ends up with a gift he was supposed to send to the Mayor’s wife on holiday in Barbados (one of many piquant set-ups that disappear into the ether).

    On the other side of town, Eco Bill (Gunn) lives in his Eco House and makes art objects from other people’s junk. Every day he hopes against hope for a letter from his son and Harry is very compassionate as the days pass without a result.

    Only we see the mysterious black-gloved hands interfere with the mail in the dead of night. But everyone suffers when David’s invitation to Wendy to a romantic dinner goes astray and Wendy’s fan letter to Jason Kerrison (lead singer of Op Shop) ends up in the wrong hands and is misinterpreted.

    Misunderstanding and miscommunication have been grist to the comedy mill for centuries and here they are expertly exploited for pathos as well as fun. Best known for his hi-jinks antics, Duncan Armstrong’s internalised sadness at Wendy’s no-show is truly moving.

    The sound design by Rowan Pierce and Owen McCarthy’s lighting enrich the experience greatly, as do Meg Rollandi’s costume designs. Stage manager Lucie Camp and her Assistant Catherine McBride complete the team that delivers on its promise.

    Amid the animated after-show chit-chat more than one person compares it to Wheeler’s Luck, and it occurs to me there’s a bit of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in there too. But No Post on Sunday stands proudly on its own as a highly entertaining and often poignant tale about community and communication: a fine example of Kiwi commedia.

  • No Post on Sunday
    Presented by Everybody Cool Lives Here
    Directed by Isobel MacKinnon
    Running at Circa Theatre until 10th Sep
    Reviewed by Madelaine Empson

    No Post on Sunday is a devised work by Everybody Cool Lives Here. As Director MacKinnon states, the show has been designed to challenge perceptions of what’s possible for people with intellectual disabilities and to spread the message of integration and inclusion on a national scale.

    A small New Zealand town, Smithville, is the setting of our story. The world, designed by Meg Rollandi, consists of cardboard constructions, cubbyholes, mail bags, blinds, and vibrant colours. It is brought to life by Smithville’s Post Office Director David Stanley (Duncan Armstrong) in a charming opening scene to a quirky soundscape by Rowan Pierce.

    Dimensions are toyed with and have no boundaries; ultimately, this is a space for exploration, imagination, and play.

    Harry (Jacob Dombroski) is our consummate postman, suave, hard-working, and kind. We could all stand to be a little more like Harry. He keeps his cool when things go wrong, and is a devoted friend to his boss David. Both Dombroski and Armstrong perform beautifully, their chemistry utterly moving.

    Wendy Martin (Nicholas Smith) is our no-nonsense reporter, leading investigations into missing mail and missing humans with blunt force and hilarity. Barnaby Olson and Andrew Gunn lend support, playing the Mayor and an eco-artist respectively, and a host of other townspeople collectively.

    It is clear that these cast members have an infinite amount of love and respect for one another. This is perhaps what has created such a touching and lovely story – the ensemble believes in community, making it possible for us to do so too.

“There is a generosity to this production that I realised I hadn’t experienced in sometime. The cast is genuinely having a good time and I like seeing that. I like being included in that.” – Maraea Rakuraku, Theatreview 2015