Love, loss and laughter

The Opunake Players are stepping into the unknown again.

They are premiering their second locally written play in three years. Farm Supplies and Other Lies follows the success of Paul Anderson Gardiner's Garbo of the Sky.

This time around, it is Lynelle Kuriger, of Opunake, who has written a tale of love found and lost, with plenty of laughter, mayhem and music.

Set in the late 1980s, the play revolves around Barry's Farm Supplies store in rural Taranaki.

The six characters include Barry, the shy, single proprietor of the struggling store; country girl Anna, running the family farm for her parents; Anna's more extroverted and streetwise friend Polly; Warren, Polly's self-centred real estate agent partner; Neil, a neighbouring know-it-all, done-it-all farmer; and Neil's university student daughter, Belinda, who isn't the decent little girl he thinks she is.

The plot winds through a few sticky situations as Anna learns some shocking news about her family farm's future.

With the help of Polly and Barry, she sets out to save it.

They all end up getting more than they bargained for.

The cast is Andy Whitehead as Barry, Chloe Danz as Anna, Stephanie Mackenzie as Polly, Ian Hitch as Warren, Mike Smith as Neil, and Honey Rose Hutchins as Belinda.

There will be eight performances of Farm Supplies and Other Lies at Opunake's Lakeside Playhouse in Llayard St. The season opens on Thursday and runs until Saturday, December 1.

All shows begin at 8pm. There are no performances on Saturday, November 24, or Tuesday, November 27. Tickets are $20 and are available from Morris & Ockhuysen Ltd, Opunake.

Taranaki Daily News