Actors prepare to bare all for classic Kiwi comedy

Familiar Face ... Mark Wright is busy getting prepared to perform in Ladies Night in Gore later this month. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Despite the name, New Zealand’s sexiest show, Ladies Night is actually not a strip show.

It is a play and it features New Zealand actors Mike Edwards, Mark Wright and Jono Kenyon among others.

Mark Wright said the show was worth a night out on the town.

‘‘Although it’s called Ladies Night, it’s a good night out for everyone who wants to laugh,’’ Wright said.

‘‘It’s a classic Kiwi comedy . . .everyone can enjoy it.’’

Wright plays Bernie, a sleazy nightclub owner who is the quintessential villain of the play, as well as a secondary character who is a friend of the strippers.

‘‘I have a bit of a reputation of being a man with a thousand faces,’’ he said.

Fortunately for him he would not have to strip on stage, unlike other characters, only behind the curtains as he changed character, he said.

In the 2020 run of the show, Wright played a different character, he admitted it was challenging adjusting to two new roles.

The show has themes and characters a lot of people can relate to as it is a tale of trying to overcome adversity and stereotypes, he said.

‘‘You can see your mate or your brother, your cousin or yourself in any of the male roles.’’

Wright has acted in television shows including That Comedy ShowShark In the ParkThe Billy T. James ShowShortland Street and Power Rangers.

The show will be performed at the SBS St James Theatre on September 28.

The Ensign has two tickets to give away to the show — ‘‘like’’ and comment on the post on Facebook to enter.