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by Vanessa Rhodes
Director: Cameron Rhodes

at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 27 Nov 2012 to 8 Dec 2012

Reviewed by Matt Baker, 29 Nov 2012
originally published in Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog

The decision to revisit a piece of work is an intriguing endeavour. For David Aston it was based on his belief that Where Are You My Only One? – a piece that he first performed in 2003 as part of Silo Theatre's To Russia With Love mentoring project for young directors – needed to be seen by a wider audience. Originally a 30-minute one-act play, the piece was developed by its writer Vanessa Rhodes while she was a resident at The Robert Lord Cottage in Dunedin. It debuted as a full-length play at Circa Two in 2009, a production in which Aston also starred, and it is clear to see why he would want to approach the character once more.

Aston epitomises the Waikato farmer with an endearingly awkward characterisation and affably honest dialogue to serve him. Every word, and occasionally breath, seems like a struggle to express himself, which continually adds to his backstory and consequently informs a great deal of his character. Elena Stejko gives a tightly bound performance, reflecting the maternal bonds which dictate and restrict so much of her character's life. Matriarchal New Zealand actress Elizabeth Hawthorne gives an acute portrayal of a domineering mother in both words and action. [More
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John Smythe posted 29 Nov 2012, 09:23 AM

Matt Baker is in error, I fear, about David Aston's involvement in the 2009 Circa Two production. Directed by Susan Wilson, the cast was 
Donna Akersten:  LUDMILA 
Andrea Tutt:  YULIA
Gavin Rutherford:  ROBERT 'BOB' McLEAN