Heritage week play ‘very funny’

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This year’s heritage week offering from the Oamaru Repertory Society comes in the form of a comedic nod to Charles Dickens.

The Farndale Ave Dramatic Society Presents A Christmas Carol is on at the Itchen St theatre from November 12 to 15, to coincide with the Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations, and is also showing the following Thursday to Saturday, November 19 to 21.

Director Judith Bingham said the play was “very funny”.

“It’s not the traditional A Christmas Carol. For anybody that’s not familiar with the Farndale Avenue plays, and there’s a whole group of them, it’s about a drama group that have very few members, so they play a selection of very different roles. So the cast that are in this one play not only the characters from the drama group, but all the roles in A Christmas Carol are split between them as well.”

The cast of Bruna Oakes, Tracy Griffith, Lil Cunningham, Robbie Collins and David Blair were all Oamaru locals, she said.

The group began rehearsing in mid-August and Miss Bingham said it was a lot of fun.

“You get to mix with a lot of really nice people. Everybody’s there to have a good time. It’s all fun, although rehearsals can be stressful. Although anybody that’s been on stage will know that,” she said.

“To belong to a group like this is a really good way, if you’re new to town, to meet people. Because we’re from all walks of life. We could do with some younger ones, because the age group is getting up there a bit.”

Miss Bingham said the play was family friendly and the box office would open at the theatre on Monday, from noon to 5pm daily. Pre-bookings could be made by emailing tickets@oamarurepertory.co.nz or people could also phone 434-8868 when the box office was open.

Tickets were $20 for adults, $10 for children, or $15 for bookings of 10 or more.