Devised by the cast, written & produced by Michael Switzer
Directed by Stuart Devenie
presented by FULLHOUSE Productions
[See below for Schools Performances]
at Medici Court, Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton
From 15 Feb 2013 to 22 Feb 2013
Reviewed by: Mark Houlahan;
BIG SHOULDERS - BIG HAIR - BIG CON: THE SCAM OF '87
Booom! The scam of '87. Big shoulders - big hair - big con.
October 1987 - Rogernomics is working! The sharemarket is shooting up and nobody wants to miss the high. The New Zealand economy is booming – even Hamilton is feeling the trickle-down. But where there's easy money, there's easy pickings for a couple of clever con artists...
Chastity and Sachs are the best scammers in Hamilton, two pros of the con. For credibility they have rented offices in the middle of Hamilton right over the top of the BNZ. They are not particular about who they scam or how. Over the course of a day they assume many guises - stockbroker, clairvoyant, dietitian, PR consultant, antique expert, property developer, Swedish exchange student, image consultant, ghost, gold trader – all tricks to make more money. But of course each ruse also makes the situation more complicated. It's a race to see what collapses first - the economy or the scam.
PRE-HISTORY OF BOOOM!
Booom! is a modernisation loosely based on Ben Jonson's The Alchemist (first performed in 1610). The Alchemist is Jonson's most popular play and has been performed on stage frequently right up to the present day. It is structured as a farce with witty dialogue and accelerating plot structure that forces the con artists to keep on their toes right until the very end.
The devising process means the actors have all been able to put their own spin on the characters they portray. Sources for the characters and situations have come from many sources including Youtube, old HCC council records, oral history and the decrepit memories of some of the older cast members.
The adapting and devising process is not totally unknown to the company. In 2010 Fullhouse successfully adapted Moliere's The Miser into The Miser of Mystery Creek.
Insider trading laws were not introduced in New Zealand until 1988.
In 1987 GST was 10%.
In 1987 the interest rate on an average New Zealand mortgage was 20.5%.
'Kiore' is the Maori word for rat.
This production of Booom! is the world première.
Hamilton Gardens, Medici Court (Piazza if wet)
Friday 15 Feb at 6pm
Saturday 16 Feb at 5pm
Thursday 21 Feb at 6pm
Friday 22 Feb at 6pm
DURATION: 85 minutes (no interval)
BOOK at DASH TICKETS (booking fee applies)
$35 Adult | $29 Small Group (3+) | $25 Concession
Booom! is presented by Fullhouse Productions - a Hamilton-based theatre company focusing on presenting dynamic high-quality theatre in the Waikato. We started in 2008 and have been getting bigger and better ever since. We currently undertake about 10 shows each year, four of them major productions.
We're offering you a special school only concession price of - $15 PER PERSON. (Normally $35 adult and $25 student)
FREE DEVISINGWORKSHOP (conditions apply)
Kick-start the year with a devising workshop! We'll come to your school and give your students a taster of the methodologies used by the cast to devise the show. Your students will be shown how to create 'the soup' and how to cook up a satisfying show from it.
Workshops are 1 hour long and cost $150+gst.
But wait it gets better! Book more than 50 students to see the show and get your devising workshop - ABSOLUTELY FREE. (Not including travel costs)
QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION
All school performances are followed by a Q&A session where your students can ask questions about the show of the cast and crew.
Fullhouse Productions' Facebook page is available for students to post any questions they have regarding the show that they were unable to ask during this session.
All schools can download a jam-packed Education Pack, filled with useful information about devising, costume design, director's notes, writer's notes and more.
THE EDUCATION PACK WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM JANUARY 25TH.
Years 9 – 13 (Best for senior school)
The Piazza, Hamilton Gardens.
Monday 18 Feb – Wednesday 20 Feb at 10am
85 minutes (no interval)
$15 per person
150 per workshop
FREE workshop if you book 50+ tickets!
No nudity, some mild swearing, some mild sexual innuendo, some advanced economics terms. Full payment required by Mon 11 February. No refunds.
Chastity - Kirsten Romano
Sachs - Carl Watkins
Spencer-Fitting - Michael Switzer
Downer - Conor Maxwell
Astrid - Jenna Hudson
Falconer - Will Collin
Pastor Tamakiore - Marlon Fitzpatrick
Mrs Ascot - Julia Watkins
Director - Stuart Devenie
Writer - Michael Switzer
Production Manager - Michael Switzer
Stage Manager - Katey Good
Production Assistant - Amanda Wallace
Set - Marcus MacDonell
Sound - Marcus MacDonell
Props - Katey Good and Amanda Wallace
Hair and Make Up - Jane Spenceley
Costumes - Sally Switzer