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Photo supplied Comedy shows dark underbelly of society By Marianne Kelly THE classic Kiwi fish n’ chip shop is an appropriate setting for How- ick Little Theatre’s next produc- tion, laying bare underlying racial prejudice, sadly still experienced from time to time. It’s even more appropriate that Two Fish ‘n’ a Scoop is coming to Howick, one of Aotearoa’s most diversely populated multicultural communities. Writer Carl Nixon doesn’t set the play in a particular location, which is pleasing for director Terry Hooper. “Nixon doesn’t set his plays any- where, so we have it in Howick with references to Howick and the area,” Mr Hooper says. “Howick is a great place for this play because it has one of the coun- try’s biggest cultural melting pots.” Julie Zhu and Andrew Gordan play the two leads, Rhea, the daughter of the Chinese fast-food outlet operator, and Jason, the young Kiwi bloke who falls in love with her. But the actors are set an extra challenge, playing a multitude of other roles. In the opening scene, Andrew plays six shop customers while Rhea serves. He also navigates his way through conversations with Jason’s two mates, Tug, the stere- otypical racist, and Steve, the typi- cal hanger-on. There’s no time for costume changes, Mr Hooper says. “The interaction is so quick that the parts have to be portrayed through physicality and mental attitude. It’s the exciting type of theatre I love. “Character separation is my spe- cialty, giving them good physicality so the audience can see if they’ve swapped.” Another challenge is a cross-gen- der role change as Julie also plays Rhea’s dad Mr Chan, while Andrew plays Sylvia Chan, the pakeha woman married to Mr Chan. Even though the play is termed comedy, Mr Hooper says there are many poignant emotional moments reflecting the experience of Asian migrants. Although Mr Chan has been in New Zealand for 21 years, he con- tinues to be asked things such as “how are you finding things here?” In fact Rhea has been in New Zealand longer than English child immigrant Jason. “It’s not about outright racism,” Andrew says, “but rather racial prejudice.” And real feelings are expressed as Mr Chan delivers a monologue about how he’s not accepted, what- ever he does. Andrew says the fish n’ chip shop today is the perfect location for a fusion of Asian and pakeha culture. “These days a lot of fish and chip shops also serve Chinese food. “And there is an overarching message. The three mates repre- sent the changing culture of New Zealand, the outlandish racist, the one who hangs on, and Jason who represents an aggressive new age. “It’s challenging as an actor to go into Tug’s mindset. I like to see people on their individual mer- its, but this is quite dark, portray- ing the out and out racist or white supremacist.” Julie, Mr Hooper says, is the classic Rhea, having moved to New Zealand when she was four. She says playing Rhea’s dad Mr Chan has been a challenge, “because I have to put on an accent I don’t have”. “It’s an amazing opportunity to have such a huge role in the play because there are not that many roles for Chinese actors.” She’s been helped and supported by the operators of Howick’s leg- endary fish and chip shop, Fast Eddies, who, she says, took her through the practical aspects of wielding a deep fryer. The play is the Botany resident’s first major role and, she says, will bring up a lot of things about the subtleties of racism. “I’m glad the play has such a strong theme. I’m passionate about racial inequalities.” Two Fish ‘n’ a Scoop ■■ is not family fare and contains strong adult lan- guage, typically used by the racially prejudiced. It plays from September 13 to October 4 at Howick Little Thea- tre, Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga. Shows are at 8pm with 2pm matinees on September 14 and 21. Tickets cost $28 for adults and $24 for students and seniors. To book, phone 534-1406, or online at www. iticket.co.nz. WIN TICKETS The Times has a double pass to Two Fish ‘n’ a Scoop to give away. Write your name, address and full daytime contact details on the back of an envelope and send it to: Two Fish ‘n’ a Scoop competi- tion, Times Newspapers, PO Box 259-243, Botany, Auckland 2163; or enter online at www.times.co.nz. Entries close on September 10.
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