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There was a time when the idea of eating sushi for lunch would be met by a grossed-out face and making a curry for dinner was only for the culinary adventurous. Nowadays, it's a fair guess that soy sauce is as much a kiwi pantry staple as Marmite, and is as mixed into our cuisine as blood is mixed in our kiwi veins. The modern New Zealand experience is an amalgamation of all the immigrant cultures that now make up our population; which is fitting because haven't we all basically come from somewhere else anyway? As such, isn't it about time we reevaluated our ideas of identity? What does ethnic (*shudder) even mean and can it really be taken at face value any longer. We need a fresh (pun intended) take on how we view Us ; New Zealanders, and Them ; whomever that means. CHOP/STICK presents an irreverent style of social commentary that is more a gentle prod to the consciousness as opposed to a suspenseful drama. Audiences will be taken into an experiment. We took one actress and turned her into 13 different characters. Can the audience be convinced to suspend their prejudices (and their eyes) and watch an Asian (another nonsensical cringe word) actress become characters that are outside the boundaries of what we see her as? It's topical. It's hilarious. Yes, it's a theme that has been explored before, but not in this way. And there are stereotypes. Plenty of them. But they were really, really thought about. CHOP/STICK was born from the frustration of an actress feeling she would never have an opportunity to play outside her ethnicity, and a writer interested in the absurd complexities of cultural diversity requiring stereotyping of cultural identity. Jo Holsted and Michelle Ang are new on the Auckland theatre circuit. Having watched a fair bit of local theatre they decided to bring life to a script they started years ago whilst in Barcelona. They are writing, producing and promoting this project themselves.
writen by by Jo Holsted and Michelle Ang
Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland 20 Nov 2012
Chairman Meow Productions
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