This week, cast members Iris Henderson and Maxwell Aspe tell drama on the waterfront why we should see their new play with 1st Gear Productions, After Juliet.
All rightey all you blogomites, my job is to convince you to come see the play After Juliet while also maintaining a charming demeanor. Can I?
First off, it’s a sequel to the classic tale of star-crossed lovers we all know so well. Come on, aren’t you a little curious about what the heck happened next? Was everything hunky-dory? Maybe not! Come see to find out.
Second of all, it’s a 1st Gear Production. These guys know what they’re doing. And when I say these guys, I really mean one guy. And when I say one guy, I mean the fantabulous Sarah Delahunty. I have worked with this magnificent woman for five years now, and in that time I have seen her create magic by combining Dr. Seuss and Shakespeare, make hippies relevant to the present day, and of course have an eighteen year old boy play a fifty year old, very feminine, ex-pole dancer convincingly. So, you know you’ve got some quality stuff when you’re getting it from her.
Third, and most important, we’re working real hard over here! C’mon! There’s fighting, and ice blocks, and scary dream sequences! What more could you want from a play?
So when you’re deciding what to do from the 25th of May to the 8th of June, remember, there’s a kick-ass play down at Circa you’re bound to love. So get down there and see it!
I am ridiculously lucky to be a part of After Juliet. I am lucky to be able to act alongside so many awesomely talented people, and I am lucky for the opportunity to perform in Circa Theatre: one of New Zealand’s leading theatres. As I am new to working with Sarah Delahunty and 1st Gear Productions, performing in The Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre (Flash 2012) as well as Summer Shakespeare (Antony and Cleopatra 2013) put me in a position where being a part of After Juliet was a possibility for me – which is awesome.
Working on After Juliet has truly been such an experience. The cast are all incredibly fun, talented, and crazy in that way that all actors seem to be. Despite all of us having dedicated up to ten hours a week for rehearsal over the last three months, we’re not sick of each other yet – so that’s an accomplishment! In my opinion there’s nothing in the world quite like being a part of a production, and it’s definitely something I hope to continue with my whole life.
Young and Hungry was an amazing way of starting out, meeting people, and becoming involved in Wellington’s theatre scene, without which I wouldn’t be where I am today. Haven’t heard of it? It’s a festival of three productions run back-to-back at BATS theatre for a two week season. I just couldn’t get enough of it in 2012 (*cough* – look out for me and Catriona in this year’sDragonlore – *cough*).
Rehearsing in Circa Two this week will be super exciting and I can’t wait for opening night!
After Juliet opens in Circa Two on 25 May and runs until 8 June. To book, call the Circa Box Office on 801-7992 or visit www.circa.co.nz.