THE ISLAND BAY LONERS DOOMSDAY CHRISTMAS SING ALONG
Written by Cherie Jacobson, Alex Lodge and Ed Watson
Directed by Uther Dean
Musical Direction by Kerina Deas
Produced by Cherie Jacobson, Adrianne Roberts and Emma White
at BATS, Wellington
From 29 Nov 2012 to 15 Dec 2012
Reviewed by: John Smythe;
An Apocalyptic Sing-Along Christmas Treat at BATS
The Mayans were right, the world is going to end on the 21st of December. Luckily, the New Zealand Government is officially moving Christmas Day forward so we can all die celebrating.
At least, that's the premise of a new Christmas comedy premiering at BATS Theatre on the 29th of November. The Island Bay Loners' Doomsday Christmas Sing-Along follows a group of friendless Island Bay strangers as they gather to party like there's no tomorrow. Because there isn't.
When reclusive opera diva Dame Gloria Gibson invites the people of New Zealand to her end of the world Christmas party on the Island Bay island, a jilted magician, twin pop star hopefuls, and two stranded Brits suddenly find themselves set to go out on a high note – literally.
Combining traditional carols and modern Christmas hits, writers Alex Lodge, Ed Watson and Cherie Jacobson have created a Christmas musical comedy with the opportunity for the audience to join in on some of their favourite Christmas songs.
“There's something really special about singing Christmas songs with a big group of people,” says co-writer Cherie Jacobson. “Wellington weather means outdoor carols are always a bit of a risk, so we thought a Christmas sing-along in a theatre where you can have a glass of wine to warm the vocal chords would be a great idea.”
For those without the inclination to sing-along, there's plenty of comedy from the team who entertained audiences at BATS earlier this year with Nucking Futs, a show about life and literature online, set in Huntly.
“While this is a light-hearted Christmas comedy that captures the festive spirit, it also has some of the dark humour its writers have become known for,” says director Uther Dean. “I can't sing to save myself, but the cast is pretty amazing to listen to – our musical director Kerina Deas is making sure of that.”
The Island Bay Loners' Doomsday Christmas Sing-Along is one of the final shows for 2012 at BATS Theatre. It's also one of the last shows to appear on the BATS stage before the theatre makes a temporary move to Civic Square [to be confirmed] while its 1 Kent Terrace building undergoes earthquake strengthening and renovation throughout 2013.
Anyone who brings a can of food to donate to the City Mission gets their ticket for the concession price, so join the Island Bay loners for a healthy dose of Christmas songs, snacks and impending doom. It'll be the Christmas to end all Christmasses.
The Island Bay Loners' Doomsday Christmas Sing-Along
29 November - 15 December, 7pm.
Tickets $18 full-price, $14 concession
Bring a can of food to donate to the City Mission to get a concession price ticket!
Bookings: www.bats.co.nz or (04) 802 4175
Carrie Rehutai Green