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In The Next Room opens tonight

Last updated 12:21 07/03/2014
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STAGE DEBUT: Actors Michele Keggenhoff and Hanne Honkanen in rehearsal for the South Canterbury Drama League play In The Next Room.

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Actress Hanne Honkanen will be having her South Canterbury stage debut in the play In The Next Room opening tonight.

In the comedy about marriage, intimacy and electricity, which also goes by the name The Vibrator Play, Ms Honkanen plays the role of the doctor's wife, Mrs Givings.

According to Ms Honkanen her character is a curious woman, wanting to know what her husband is getting up to in the room next door.

This is the first time she has appeared in a South Canterbury Drama League play. She said she is finding being in the play really interesting and also a challenge, as English is her second language.

"I'm not a native English speaker, so acting in another language is very challenging."

Originally from Finland, Ms Honkanen moved to Timaru in September last year and joined the drama league as a way to meet different types of people.

She said this is a good play to start with as it is well written and gives the actors a lot to work with.

The play opens on Friday and Ms Honkanen is confident audience members will be able to find something within the play they can identify with.

The play, set in the 1880s, centres around the doctor and his wife, and how his new electrical therapy affects their entire household.

It also features many other South Canterbury actors, including Ken Wills, Greg Davis, Alice Sollis and Michele Keggenhoff.

In The Next Room runs from tonight to March 15, with tickets available from Newmans MusicWorks.


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