Monologues reveal sugar and spice
If you are looking to spice up these chilly autumn nights then HLT Studio’s next production Solo Women, two hilarious monologues from two feisty young women, could be just what you need.
Solo Women, directed by Fiona Keith-Kirk, features two contemporary monologues that will give audiences an insight into the lives and loves, hopes and fears of two modern, independent women.
In the first Lashings of Whipped Cream, a Kiwi comedy written by Fiona Samuel, we meet Mistress Dominique, a teenage dominatrix, as she shares the dirty secrets of her profession. This is a theatrical close encounter with a Kiwi working girl as she takes the audience on a journey of discovery and reveals a little about the woman behind the whip.
Mistress Dominique is played by actor Isidora Parra who sees the character as a strong woman who is conscious about the stigma that society places upon women and sex in general. She appreciates the fact that Dominique addresses these important issues with a mix of humour and personal experience that challenge the audience.
The second monologue is V.D. a comedy by Australian Pete Malicki. The title refers to Valentine’s Day and we meet Sophie a 35-year-old romantic, who has been left lonely on Valentine’s Day too many times. She tells us “Every year since I turned twenty-five I’ve been so lonely on Valentine's Day I’ve gone out and bought a cat. I have ten cats.” So when a bunch of flowers arrives for her at work she wonders whether her life is about to change. We join her as she falls in and out of love, struggles with power plays in her new job, and travels to India on a journey of spiritual (un)enlightenment.
The role of Sophie is played by Kat Glass, an experienced actor, producer and playwright performing for the first time at Howick Little Theatre. She says she has enjoyed creating the comedy and relished the challenge of voicing a character who is so different from herself. She only has two cats.
Director Fiona Keith-Kirk is Head of Drama at Pakuranga College. She is a keen advocate of live theatre and has been involved with Howick Little Theatre for a number of years, regularly bringing her students to preview nights of the shows. This is the first production she has directed since 2010 and she says she was inspired by the format of The Studio at HLT and what it can offer.
“Plays like Lashings of Whipped Cream and V.D represent the edgier side of theatre. Community theatre organisations are often cautious with play selection, choosing the more popular works. The HLT Studio provides an opportunity to try new things and experiment. Howick Little Theatre has a great reputation so audiences know they will get something a bit different with the HLT Studio but delivered with the same high quality.”
Solo Women 3 – 6 June at 8pm with matinee 6 June at 2pm Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga, Auckland Bookings through iTicket – www.iticket.co.nz