'Little Shop of Horrors' coming to Blenheim
Former Marlborough boy Tom Knowles is acting in a travelling production with a difference.
On Saturday, Knowles started performing in Live Live Cinema: Little Shop of Horrors which sees four actors providing the dialogue, the music, and acting out different roles while a muted version of the 1960s black-and-white film plays in the background.
The premise of the movie, a plant which eats people in a florist's shop, made for an exciting storyline. However, it was suitable for all ages, he said.
"It's funny theatre that keeps you on your toes."
The new musical score for the movie was written by Live Live Cinema creator Leon Radojkovic. Oliver Driver, the director, was "great" to work with, Knowles said.
One of his fellow actors was Byron Coll, who played superfan Tim alongside Richie McCaw in the Mastercard advertisements.
"He's a really talented guy."
Laughton Kora from the New Zealand dub and reggae band Kora was also part of the cast.
"It's awesome working with him, I've always been inspired by Kora's music."
There was always something going on and it was fairly challenging for the actors involved, he said.
"We play multiple characters live on stage."
His favourite part to play was an old woman, Mrs Shiva. However, he also enjoyed playing a character called Wilbur Force, which he believed was one of the first roles American movie star Jack Nicholson ever performed.
The show had been travelling overseas in England and Ireland, and was soon going to Australia.
It was difficult for the actors to pull off and spectators would be on the edge of their seats, the former Marlborough Boys' College student said.
It was Knowles' second year out of drama school in Wellington.
"I'd love to continue doing pieces like this, with the calibre of actors I'm working with," he said.
*Live Live Cinema: The Little Shop of Horrors is at the Marlborough Civic Theatre on Tuesday, August 18 at 7.30pm. Tickets through www.ticketdirect.co.nz.
- The Marlborough Express