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Lucy Lawless in
Toa Fraser's BARE for Christchurch
25 March 2011

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Bare For Christchurch - A Review by Jo

Performance by Lucy Lawless "Woman Pissing"

Setting the scene.... each actor came on to perform their part, mainly in soliloquy with some imaginary conversation partner, did their bit, audience applause & lights dimmed as the next performer then takes their position in the dark or walked on stage when the lights go up.

Lucy's character....... well, what can we say, she took her position in the dark, lights out ready for us to see what she was going to do.  Lights up... and Lucy is bending over with her butt stuck up in the air at the audience as her character is peeing in the streets !!  (for those with keen hearing, you actually knew it was Lucy on stage by the groan she let out as she was peeing - think A Tale of Two Muses toilet scene).  [Dressed in, umm, help, a dress, don't ask me about colour, a shade of green or was it grey but it was open backed] 

She proceeds to have an hysterical drunken "conversation" with an officer about men & women peeing in the streets, the rights & wrong, inequalities, I forget the actual words, but do remember her going from drunken character peeing & arguing to suddenly striking a goddess statue with grace & pose (and toned arms).  

The audience reaction was one of much surprise to see "our very own Lucy Lawless" be for many out of character, this is so unexpected, doing such brazen comedy, getting into character and letting herself go.  She had them in fits of laughter, absolutely in the palm of her hand - surprised her audience, shocked her audience, got them laughing very quickly and worked it.  

Did I mention she was hysterical :-) Awesome job.

I read afterwards that Lucy's segment was actually called "Woman pissing" but you didn't know who was doing which part until they came on stage, given the unknown number of actors for each segment (if you hadn't seen the play before).

BARE itself was in parts fascinating, funny, deep, hysterical (one of the funniest portrayals of a sex scene you are ever going to see & hear), atypical Kiwi, thought provoking, funny, as some of the individual characters' stories linked up & intertwined.  If the aim was connectiveness, we are one, the artists go it spot on for this time.  We are all connected, somehow, through someone,
somewhere.  6 degrees of separation, or in NZ probably a 2 or 3.  The person you talk to or help today, may go on to talk or help someone else tomorrow.

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About BARE by Toa Fraser

Bare is a powerful theatrical performance about Kiwi identity and change. Originally performed by just two actors, now with a full cast of 17, this amazing one-off show will feature a top-calibre line up, which has come together in support of Christchurch

Armed with the voice of the street, these actors riff on body image, movies, takeaways, tagging and English literature, swapping effortlessly between seventeen seemingly random characters, from brazen gym hottie to philosophical parking warden, from waffling academic to multiplex popcorn pusher. Listen to our people talk. Join them in coming together, at this crucial moment in New Zealand's history.


In Order of Appearance

• Stacey Morrison
• Mia Blake
• Michael Hurst
• Morgana O’Reilly
• Ian Hughes
• Sara Wiseman
• Antony Starr
• Ian Mune
• David Fane
• Curtis Vowell
• Bronwyn Turei 
• Kirk Torrance 
• Lucy Lawless
• Rhys Darby
• Annie Whittle 
• Keisha Castle-Hughes
• Sam Neill
• Don McGlashan and the Jubilation Choir

The play will end with an inspirational performance of Bathe in the River by Kiwi music legend Don McGlashan accompanied by the 30-strong Jubilation Choir which includes Jackie Clarke, Rick Bryant and Amanda Billing plus Jennifer Ward-Lealand