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NZ International Comedy Festival 2012
RICHARD MEROS SALUTES THE SOUTHERN MAN
Adapted from the book by Richard Meros, by Geoff Pinfield and Arthur Meek
Performed by Arthur Meek
Directed by Geoff Pinfield

at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, The Edge, Auckland
From 15 May 2012 to 19 May 2012
[1 hr]

Reviewed by Rosabel Tan, 18 May 2012


These are tough times. There's the global financial crisis. Climate change. John Key. And Richard Meros, once a leading academic specialising in Helen Clark's specific niche – can no longer earn a living. And so he turns to the world for a solution, and finds it in that lone figure staring across the plains: the Southern Man.

As with On the Conditions and Possibilities of Helen Clark Taking Me as Her Young Lover, Meros, played by Arthur Meek, uses a gorgeously rendered PowerPoint presentation to convince us of his thesis in inspired and imaginative ways. Drawing on visual jokes, live-action shadow puppetry and a short-lived bout of pyrotechnics, Meros explains in bullet-point form his search for the Southern Man, the figure he believes will be our modern-day hero. [More]  
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