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CORIOLANUS


by William Shakespeare
directed by David Lawrence
The Bacchanals

at The Long Hall, Roseneath, Wellington
From 24 Jan 2013 to 2 Feb 2013



Reviewed by:  John SmytheLaurie Atkinson (The Dominion Post); Michael Wray;

Like a flesh-hungry zombie that just won't die, multi-award-winning theatre company The Bacchanals rise again to eat your brains with a brand new show this January! For their 24th show in their 13th birthday year, blood meets politics meets smothering mothers in Shakespeare's most homoerotic play, Coriolanus!

Winning lots of battles makes Coriolanus the most popular guy in town, but when he is too proud to flatter the common people and let them eat cornflakes, the whole city turns on him and declares him an enemy of the state – but they are all unprepared for the terrible vengeance he decides to wreak upon them.

Coriolanus plays at The Long Hall in Roseneath from Thursday 24 January – Saturday 2 February at 7pm. The Long Hall is behind Roseneath School and St Barnabas' – just get yourselves to the Roseneath shops and it'll be signposted. The show only costs $10 and you'll get a cup of tea in the middle; maybe even a biscuit if you're very good! You can book tickets by e-mailing tickets@thebacchanals.net.

As a guerrilla theatre company running on the smell of an oily rag that hasn't seen oil since before decimal currency, we don't have eftpos or credit card facilities, and you should probably bring a cushion with you and be aware that blood might go everywhere, front row. 

24 January – 2 February, 7pm
Roseneath Long Hall, 13 Maida Vale Rd, Roseneath, Wellington 
TICKETS: $10 BOOKINGS: tickets@thebacchanals.net or cash door sales 



CAST: 
Alex Greig as  Coriolanus
Salesi Le'ota  as his friend Menenius 
Jean Sergent as his mother Volumnia 
 Kirsty Bruce as his wife Virgilia 
Joe Dekkers-Reihana as his great enemy Aufidius
Brianne Kerr and Walter Plinge as the scheming tribunes Sicinius and Brutus 
Michael Ness as the general Cominius 
Dasha Fedchuk as Valeria
Hilary Penwarden as Titus Lartius
plus Tony Black, Amy Griffin-Browne, Rosanagh Kynoch, Hugo Randall, Morgan Rothwell, Rebecca Sim and Lauren Wilson as the citizens of Rome.

Designed by Bronwyn Cheyne and Charlotte Simmonds