‘Kiwi comedy’ to finally hit the stage after delays

The show must go on....Gore Reperatory Society director Bruce McPherson is looking forward to finally staging the New Zealand play Death and Taxe$, after Covid-19 put a stop to the show last year. PHOTO: Ensign File

After three years off stage, the Gore Repertory Society is back to finish what it started.

Death and Taxe$, by New Zealand playwright April Phillips, will be performed at the Little Theatre from May 7-14.

The show was supposed to take place in October last year, but Covid-19 stopped it going ahead.

Director Bruce McPherson said the cast of eight were excited to finally have the chance to return to the stage.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to put a show on in three years, mainly because of Covid.

“We’ve got a strong group of people to work backstage, front of house, that sort of thing, so we’re keen to get back on track.

“We’re in the middle of rehearsals now.”

The delay had meant two of the original cast members were no longer able to be in the show, McPherson said.

“We’ve managed to find replacements for them, very suitable replacements.

“We were very lucky to be able to cast some people who made themselves available or weren’t available for the original show.”

The society received a $1490 grant from the Creative Community Scheme which would go towards the show, he said.

It was a “Kiwi comedy” and very entertaining.

“It’s set in an insurance company where they’re all very competitive.

“There’s a lot of personality, death and intrigue.

He hoped the public would support their return to the stage.

“If we’ve got to run an extended season due to popular demand we’d be very happy to do so.”