Intrigue behind closed doors
Everyone's thought it.
You're in a hotel room - perhaps lying on the bed flicking through the TV channels or in the bathroom brushing your teeth - and you wonder: "Who else has been here before me? What were they doing? And who were they with? What if these walls could talk?"
And that's exactly the question answered by award-winning play Hotel, one of the shows kicking off the Southland Festival of the Arts, which launched last night .
Set in a real hotel room, in Invercargill in a suite at the Ascot Park Hotel, audiences have a fly-on-the-wall view of the action - a young housewife meeting her lover, a bereaved businessman buying some company, a travel-weary air hostess and a married couple hoping to reignite the spark in their marriage.
Festival director Angela Newell is thrilled to finally bring Hotel to Invercargill.
"I've wanted to get this intriguing show to the festival for a number of years and now, with the Ascot Park Hotel coming on board as a partner, I'm convinced it will be one of those shows that people continue to talk about long after the characters check out."
Producer Paul McLaughlin said the show had toured extensively and was a big hit at festivals.
"The actors are often stopped on the street by happy patrons to discuss the show and its storylines, " he said.
Wherever they go, a local actor in a cameo role joins the cast - in Invercargill's case they will be complemented by Moira Brew.
* Hotel runs from Wednesday, until Saturday, May 3 at the Ascot Park Hotel. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited to 20 people per show.
The Southland Times