Risque play seeks actors

STAGE PASSION: Emma Schwass is recruiting actors for Erogenous Zones.
STAGE PASSION: Emma Schwass is recruiting actors for Erogenous Zones.

Nelson woman Emma Schwass has returned to the world of theatre after a lengthy hiatus and is recruiting actors for a risque play.

Schwass is looking for people to play Michael, Andrew, Lesley, Allison and Tom, who are caught up in a quintuple love entanglement.

Michael is homosexual and in love with his flatmate, Andrew, who is slightly confused about his sexuality.

Andrew is having a fling with Lesley, who has been married to Tom for "way too long".

Tom is having a long-term affair with Allison, who is Michael's best friend.

Schwass says she picked up a copy of Erogenous Zones by Frank Vickery, which will be presented by Nelson Repertory Theatre in March, and could not put it down.

"I think Frank Vickery is such an amazing writer in the way he paints a picture with words," she says.

Schwass, who grew up in Nelson, completed a diploma in film and television at the Hagley Theatre Company in Christchurch in 2003.

She took a break from acting to travel and develop her other passion, youth work, and her role in Drinking Habits last year was the first time she had been on a stage in seven years.

It was exciting to perform on her "childhood stage" - the Theatre Royal - again, and brought her passion for theatre flooding back.

"It will be an honour and a privilege to now direct a play for it [the Theatre Royal] as well. It feels like a full circle," she says.

Schwass says she is keen to hear from anyone who might be keen to take part. "I like meat and grit and real depth of character. The play is a little bit risque so I think I'm going to be pushing some boundaries."

  • Auditions are on Monday and Tuesday, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Anyone interested in auditioning should contact Emma Schwass on 021 209 8140 or email facebook@nelsonrepertory.org.nz.