LIVE AT SIX
By Dean Hewison & Leon Wadham
Out of Bounds (Wgtn)
Directed by Conrad Newport
Produced by Adrianne Roberts
The Dominion Post Season
at Downstage Theatre, Wellington
From 13 Apr 2012 to 28 Apr 2012
Reviewed by: John Smythe; Ewen Coleman (The Dominion Post); Lynn Freeman (Capital Times);
A black comedy for the social media age that will change the way you watch the news.
When footage of a celebrity news anchor misbehaving goes viral, both her network and the competition have less than 24 hours to package the story. Whose version will the public believe – and more importantly, whose will they tune in to?
A fast-paced and incisive script, drawing on extensive research into the high-pressure atmosphere of the newsroom will have you laughing out loud, and wondering about every news story you've ever watched.
Interactive, real-time technology
As a real-time deadline races towards them, journos, presenters and executives on both sides are tested. Meanwhile, live on stage, each network's editors stitch together shots from security cameras and audience captured 'amateur footage' to build their version of the story. Live feeds from their workstations, plus broadcast video and web content is projected across the walls of the theatre, surrounding the performers and audience in a dynamic social media environment.
Twitter and facebook users in the audience can play along by posting 'in character' in response to the unfolding media scandal.
But it's not just for the tech-savvy!
At heart, Live at Six is a gripping story about the world we all live in, told in an innovative and exciting contemporary style. If you're not a smartphone user, just strap in and enjoy the ride. You'll find plenty to enjoy in this thrilling satire of the people who turn "the truth" into "the news"!
The action begins in the bar pre-show with the ‘incident' which is caught on camera. There's a chance you'll be filmed in the background. All the footage is used just once, for that night's show.
Live at Six was commissioned by BATS Theatre with funding from Creative New Zealand as part of STAB 2009.
13 Apr – 28 Apr
Book at our box office, phone: 04 801 6946 .
Tuesday - Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday - Saturday 8.00pm
(no show Sun, Mon)
Preview 12 Apr $25
Matinee 21 Apr 2.00pm
Meet the Artists post show 17 Apr
Duration 110 mins (including interval)
Opening Night + function $55
Book early / Book a lot / Come first $40
Come with friends $40
Live a long life (over 65's) $39
Study hard $25
Live at Six is not recommended for children.
It contains strong language and references to drug use.
Jessica Robinson Jane Kenyon
Phil Vaughan Tim McGregor
donogh rees</strong> Karen Adams
Eli Kent Sam Sweeney
Lucinda Hare Toni
Tim Spite Gordon Miller
Michele Amas Sue Austin
Nick Dunbar Derek Fontaine
Barnaby Fredric Fraser Higginson
Nicole Tai Blades
Phil Grieve Ian Harris
Richard Falkner Lyndsay Thompson
Lyndee-Jane Rutherford Ruth Easterman
Jude Gibson Belinda Johnson
Matt Chamberlain Dr Pullman
Adrianne Roberts</strong> Alyssa
Leon Wadham Tweeter
Produced by Cuba Creative
AV/Interactive Design Stu Foster, Hamish Guthrey, Johann Nortje
Set Design Dan Williams
Costume Design Bonne Becconsall
Lighting Design Marcus Mcshane
Stage Manager Debbie Fish
Production Assistant Emma White
AV/Interactive Operation Hamish Guthrey
Lighting Operation Brian Fairbrother
Sound Design Richard Falkner