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THE TRIBUNE, NOVEMBER 23, 2011
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Farming cloudcuckoo land
Heated: Peter Doherty (Jim) and Joan Ford (Maggie) rehearse a potentially explosive scene from
Photo: BOBBIE NICHOLLS
By David Geary
Directed by Tricia Gray
Feilding Little Theatre until December 3
Reviewed by David Collins
Lights fade up on a domestic setting --
a living room, well lived-in, that
could be situated anywhere.
Thankfully, that well-loved, familiar tune
of the Country Calender theme sounds out
and leaves us in no doubt where we are --
With Jim (Peter Doherty), writer David
Geary has lifted Del Boy right out of Only
Fools and Horses and dropped him into a
pair of gumboots in the wopwops. Jim is a
dreamer -- or rather a schemer -- who
spends the majority of his day thinking of
ways to get rich quick.
These ideas never pay off, which drives
his wife Maggie (Joan Ford) up the wall.
While she copes with the help of the con-
tents of the liquor cabinet, their lives follow
a pretty humdrum routine for the most
part. That is, until a biking accident brings
Tatyana and Konstantin (Lisa Coombes
and Nic Broomfield respectively) to their
Later, Jim reveals he studied animal
husbandry. Indeed, these Russian tourists
have a husbandry project of their own and
like Jim's plans, theirs hasn't succeeded
either. Enlisting Jim and Maggie's help in
an unexpected way, they -- well, to say more
would be telling, but what eventuates is
both surprising and funny.
Unfortunately, for all the laughs -- and
there were plenty -- the play as a whole
suffered from a lack of pace.
Scenes would begin to come to life -- par-
ticularly between Tatyana and Konstantin
-- only to be hindered with slow queues and
It might be picky to bring up, but this is
a good script and the actors were clearly
committed and gave it heaps, making it all
the more frustrating when things turned
treacle-like. But, this is the kind of opening
night stuff that, with the experienced talent
on stage, should be quickly worked through.
The Farm is Roger Hall-esque, with a
healthy dose of quirk thrown in for good
measure. To be sure, the audience never
envies Jim, but his commitment to Maggie,
despite everything they've gone through,
shows that beneath that quirk beats a real
heart of a play worth watching.
Band celebrates 30th anniversary
The Exponents -- formerly The Dance
Exponents -- celebrate their 30-year anni-
versary this year.
To mark this three-decade milestone, this
quintessential Kiwi rock band has
announced a 28-date, 30-year anniversary
concert tour kicking off in March, including
a Palmerston North stop on Friday, March
23, at the Regent on Broadway.
The Exponents major hits are Why Does
Love Do This To Me, Who Loves Who The
Most, Victoria, I'll Say Goodbye (Even
Though I'm Blue) and Whatever Happened
To further celebrate the band's 30-year
anniversary, the band has released Why
Does Love Do This To Me: The Exponents
Greatest Hits which includes a new track,
Front man Jordan Luck can't wait to get
on the road with the band -- Brian Jones,
Michael Harry'' Harallambi, and Dave
A 30th anniversary tour? I never saw
that coming. From happy adversity to sub-
lime celebration, I'm just pleased we're
alive,'' Jordan says.
We have always been in touch. Me,
David and Brian just celebrated our 50th
birthdays together so being 30 years old
seems like being a pup. The songs however
seem like they were written today or at
least in the last week. That is the way I
imagine we will play them too.''
Tickets from TicketDirect.
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