Summerset Retirement Villages Present
by Roger Hall
Coming to your town this October!
Discount Earlybird Tickets on sale until 13th September!
These boomers are A-OK!
New Zealand’s most successful playwright and the “Godfather of New Zealand Theatre” Sir Roger Hall delivers Winding Up to audiences in Oamaru, Dunedin, and Invercargill this October.
Following packed-out seasons in Nelson and Blenheim this August, Summerset Retirement Villages present Winding Up by Roger Hall, opens at Oamaru Opera House on October 8th, 2021. Winding Up travels to the Mayfair Theatre in Dunedin for four performances from October 13th, before heading to Invercargill on October 19th.
The comedy revisits not only Roger Hall’s signature brilliance in comedy playwriting, but also two beloved characters who were at the heart of his smash-hit play, Conjugal Rites, which went on to theatre in the UK and became a popular British TV series in the 1990s.
Now in their seventies, Barry and Gen are coping with failing health, death of friends, estranged family, the need to downsize and (God help everyone) planning their funerals.
As in the Auckland production these fiercely-OK Boomers will be played by two of the country’s most celebrated comic actors, Mark Hadlow ONZM (MAMiL, The Hobbit trilogy) and Alison Quigan QSM (A Shortcut to Happiness, Calendar Girls, Shortland Street). Hadlow and Quigan memorably performed together in Auckland Theatre Company’s production of Hall’s Last Legs in 2017 and again in the premiere production of this play at Auckland Theatre Company’s Waterfront Theatre in February 2020, before the planned tour was interrupted by the Covid lock-down.
Director Colin McColl says, “Alison and Mark are great friends and have known each other since their drama school days. They are each superb actors on their own, but put them together and it’s comic dynamite. They have years of experience with Roger Hall’s work and an innate understanding of how his characters are comical but honest. I’m looking forward to bringing the production to the lower South Island.”
What the critics are saying
“With a script from Sir Roger Hall, actors of the calibre of Alison Quigan and Mark Hadlow on stage, and the years of experience and skill of director Colin McColl, there was never any doubt this play was likely to be a good one, and it exceeded all expectations on the night.”
– NZ Herald
“It must be difficult to hold an audience for a full hour-and-a-half-plus with only two players. Mark Hadlow and Alison Quigan manage this effortlessly, helped not only by the warm-hearted script but by the excellent lighting and sound that adds much to the emotion and ups and downs of their (and our) stories. This is sweet and heart-warming stuff, as to be expected from one of our funniest and cleverest playwrights.”
– Theatre Review
“Hadlow and Quigan are two incredibly strong performers with decades of experience, and presences that are so large, you forget that it’s just the two of them on stage. Winding Up successfully proves that there is life in the old dogs yet – and thank goodness for that.”
Director & Cast
Colin William McColl ONZM is a New Zealand director in theatre, opera and television. He is a leading figure in the world of professional theatre in the country, winning numerous awards as well as working internationally with major national companies.
Alison’s theatrical experience spans more than 40 years. In that time she has acted in and directed over 100 plays, including 15 Roger Halls, and written 13 original works. She is perhaps best known for her work on Shortland Street, playing Yvonne Jeffries from 2004 to 2010, however other acclaimed roles include Cathy in Mum’s Choir and Mattie Fae in August: Osage County. Since 2013, Quigan has been the Performing Arts Manager of the Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku where her job is to support new work with emerging practitioners in South Auckland. She was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for Services to Theatre in 2001.
An award-winning actor, Mark is one of New Zealand’s most prominent performers. Lauded widely for his physical comedy, Hadlow’s critically acclaimed one-man show MAMiL has played to sell-out theatres throughout New Zealand. He has performed in over 150 plays, from musical theatre to Shakespeare, and appeared in dozens of films and TV series, including Mortal Engines, The Hobbit trilogy, Meet the Feebles and King Kong. Hadlow was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts in 2017.
About the Playwright, Roger Hall
Sir Roger Hall, New Zealand’s best known and prolific dramatist, has more than 40 plays to his credit. Hall produced his first stage play Glide Time in 1976, closely followed by Middle Age Spread, which was a smash hit throughout New Zealand and also the West End, where it ran for 15 months and won the Comedy of the Year Award.
Many successful plays and productions followed, including musicals, pantomimes, radio dramas, books and plays for children. Hall has written more than 70 sitcom episodes for TV, from Gliding On to Spin Doctors. His more recent plays include Who Wants to be 100? (Anyone Who’s 99), Four Flat Whites in Italy, A Shortcut to Happiness, Book Ends, You Can Always Hand Them Back, and Last Legs.
In 1977 Sir Roger moved to Dunedin as Burns Fellow (1977–78), and then stayed on as a half-time teaching fellow in the University of Otago’s English department. He relinquished this position in 1994, publishing his tribute to the university (Otago, the University, with photographs by Bill Nichol, 1994), and moving to Auckland early in 1995.
In the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Hall was made a Knight Companion of the NZ Order of Merit, adding to the list of other literary awards, including an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Victoria University and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2015.