SEASON August 9 - 23 August 2014. BOOK on 445 9900 $25/$20
Kiwi characters that will have you laughing in the aisles.
"classic Roger Hall stuff...New Zealand characters he portrays so well...good fun and lots of laughs...just what the doctor ordered" The Press
"A Shortcut to Happiness... brilliantly proves what a splendid craftsman Roger Hall is." - Theatreview
The play centres around Ned, quietly adjusting to retirement and life on his own, after the death of his wife, and Natasha, a Russian folk dancer, just arrived in New Zealand and looking to start a new life.
A variety of colourful characters come to the dancing class - including two friends Janet and Laura, who come to the dance class for fun and a change from golf or cruising. Then there's a Coral who would very much like to meet another man, and two serial-class-takers husband and wife, Bev and Ray. who come to dancing classes, recorder classes, fitness classes or any classes they can find in their very busy schedule! Along comes Sebastian, who is a suave, ex-army, charmer who has quite an impact on the class.
This warm, funny play shows that love and adventure can come at any age.
The title, A SHORTCUT TO HAPPINESS, is derived from a statement by Vicki Baum that "There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them." Combine that quote with Roger Hall's participation in folk dancing classes and, as the author himself said, "I can feel a play coming on."