Mother impressed by play about son

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The play about Nick Chisholm, a man with locked-in syndrome, was beautifully done, his mother says.

Nick: An Accidental Hero, directed by Abigail Greenwood and written/acted by Renee Lyons, was performed at the Oamaru Opera House last Sunday.

Oamaru hairdresser and Nick’s mother, Joss Chisholm, said it felt strange to be watching a play about her son, which also portrayed herself, but it was beautifully done.

“I just thought it was excellent.

“Renee was amazing, very talented and very clever.”

Even though she had only met Lyons briefly she felt the actor did an excellent job, Joss said.

“It must have been really hard for her.”

Lyons had done a lot of research into each character and portrayed each one brilliantly.

“I loved the way she depicted the different voices.”

The theatre was completely full and Joss said she was surprised at how many people came. There were even some people who travelled from Dunedin, Palmerston and Moeraki.

“A lot of people loved it. I couldn’t believe there were so many people there.”

Nick had told her he had laughed and cried the whole way through the performance when he saw the opening in Auckland with his wife, Joss said.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

ACCIDENTAL HERO: Joss Chisholm holding a picture of Nick surrounded by family members.