24 Sep 2009
Biography of My Skin takes a life lived on stage and looks for the truth behind the face-paint. In this candid, autobiographical solo show, actor Miranda Harcourt sets out to tell her story as a working mother.
But there’s a catch. The script is written by Miranda’s husband Stuart McKenzie (True, Double Beat). The more she struggles to talk about her relationships, ambitions and marriage, the more interference she experiences from the writer seeking to husband her narrative.
This funny and often outrageous conflict between husband and wife – in all its skirmishes, subterfuges and dramatics – reveals a surprisingly moving portrait of a marriage, as well as an entertaining social history of the last four decades.
Biography of My Skin is the long-awaited follow-up to Flowers from My Mother’s Garden, which toured throughout NZ and was seen by over 35,000 people.
“Flowers From My Mother’s Garden shares the experiences of a mother, daughter and extended family with an ingenious simplicity that belies the depth of insight. It’s a prime example of how universal the particular can be ...That’s what I call communication!”
John Smythe, National Business Review
Biography of My Skin puts marriage under the microscope. In fact, the play uses the tussle between the actor and the writer to get under the skin of marriage and family life. In so doing, it pulls apart the very idea of the solo show.
Biography of My Skin is a rare opportunity to see Miranda return to the Wellington stage after 5 years.
Miranda and Stuart are joined by an outstanding team, including lighting designer Paul O’Brien (Flowers from My Mother’s Garden and Double Beat), set designer Andrew Foster (Blood Wedding, The Raft) and Robert Larsen as audio-visual designer (Apollo 13: Mission Control). Director Tim Spite (Turbine, Paua) brings his unique vision through his company Seeyd which has created some of the most startling theatre of recent years.
Biography of My Skin
Starring: Miranda Harcourt
Written by: Stuart McKenzie
Directed by: Tim Spite
Dates: 9-31 OCT
Times: 6:30pm Tue-Wed and 8pm Thu-Sat.
Prices: $25 to $45.
Meet the Artists: Tue 8 OCT
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (04) 801 6946 or in person at Downstage’s box office. For up-to-date information visit www.downstage.co.nz Downstage is proudly sponsored by BNZ.