Not quite Shakespeare

It is no secret that New Zealanders love the outdoor life and everything associated with it, and just to prove the point they have literally put the idea of camping in a motorhome on a different stage.

A play entitled “The Motor Camp” is enthralling audiences at the Court Theatre in Auckland and it reveals the inner secrets of life in a motorhome camp magnified with a large helping of irreverent comedy. The play was launched earlier this month and already 14,500 theatre goers have bought tickets for the show which will run until August 11th.Written by Dave Armstrong and based on a story by his friend Danny Mulheron the play captures the earthy humour that abounds with people who spend a lot of their lives in a mobile home. The characters usually discuss topics slightly more politically incorrect than the price of campervan insurance but motorhome fans from the UK will get the gist of the play without any doubt.

Artistic Director Ross Gumbley is delighted how audiences have reacted to the play directed by Tim Bartlett and said: “It’s a testament to Armstrong’s script, the performances by the cast and the hard work by the whole team behind this show that The Motor Camp has been such a success.” Gumbley said: “Audiences relish this warts-and-all portrayal of everyday New Zealanders.”

The cast of Stephen Papps, Jill Roberts, Phoebe Mckellar, Tom Trevella, Juanita Hepi and Tola Newbery have been overwhelmed with the show’s success and are enjoying playing to the packed audiences. Motorhome enthusiasts from the UK hoping to see the show while touring New Zealand should bear in mind the show is described as containing coarse language and sexual references. The show starts early evening every night and adults are charged 48 New Zealand dollars for entrance.