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Entertaining Angels heaven-sent

STEPHANIE FAWCETT
Last updated 05:00 04/07/2012
Entertaining Angels
Stephanie Fawcett
ENTERTAINING: Director Peter Meikle says Entertaining Angels is a brilliant story and seriously funny.

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It's a love story, it's a ghost story. It's a play about loneliness and coming to terms with change. And it's also seriously funny.

Howick Little Theatre is bringing the New Zealand premiere of Entertaining Angels to east Auckland.

The play was written by Richard Everett and was first performed in the United Kingdom in 2009 to rave reviews.

And now it's coming to Pakuranga.

Entertaining Angels tells the story of Grace who, as the wife of a clergyman, has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour.

After the death of her husband Bardolph she enjoys her new-found freedom to do and say whatever she wants but the return of her missionary sister Ruth and some revelations bring her back to her senses.

Director Peter Meikle says he chose to direct the play because he fell in love with the story.

"It's a love story, it's a ghost story. It's a play about loneliness and coming to terms with change. And it's also seriously funny.

"There are times when you're absolutely roaring with laughter and times when it's gut-wrenchingly sad.

"I liked the fact that it's about redemption and people making choices and I love that it's a bloody good story and, in this day and age, that's a nice thing to have," he says.

"If you like good theatre you should come see it because this is good theatre. It's as simple as that."

Entertaining Angels is on at the Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Dr, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, from July 14 to August 4 at 8pm. Matinees are July 15 and 22 at 6pm.

Visit iticket.co.nz or call the Howick Little Theatre on 5341406 for information or to book a ticket.

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- Eastern Courier

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