Fold : Shudder

Cast -
Fold - 4m 3w
Shudder - 1 (doubling) to multiple
ISBN 1 877319 01 5
Teachers' discount $17
RRP $22.50

Jo Randerson

Pip Hall

These two exceptional one act plays from two leading young playwrights were both hits at Young and Hungry Festivals, and make excellent companions.

Fold is an hilarious and grotesque series of increasingly coldhearted birthday parties. Set among five celebrations grimly enjoyed by five jaundiced and peculiar partygoers , it is an unnerving and disturbingly amusing play - a chaotic soup of insecurity, obsession and scary self-analysis. The ugly views and behaviour of this group of weird, semi-clothed acquaintances finally degenerate into mayhem ... watch out for the cat.

Shudder was inspired by Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood, and ranges over a dazzling cross-section of Wellington characters. This prose-poetic monologue wanders through a day in the life of the subcultures of earthquake prone Wellingon, weaving together the essential concerns of those living on both the physical and emotional edge. The inevitable crisis comes throught the anguish of Ruaumoko, the child of Maori legend who will never be born.

From reviews of Fold -

"To see Fold is to enter a grotesque, shadowy and hilarious realm ... Randerson is Wellington's playwright of the moment ..." Capital Times

"... hilariously self-centred and pretentious people. Their children are fashion accessories ..." The Listener

" Profoundly funny and clever comment ..."The Dominion

From Reviews of Shudder -

"Shudder is an exceptional play - 'Under Milk Wood' on acid ..."Capital Times

"... this metaphor challenges us to consider how much of our potential remains unborn ... "National Business Review

"Shudder could have been inspired by the films of Robert Altman, with its gripping stories about a cross section of Wellington from Khandallah to Aro Street."Evening Post

Jo Randerson graduated from Victoria University in 1994 with a BA in Theatre and Film. She has written over 20 plays, including The Honey Bear and the Reaper, Banging Cymbal Clanging Gong and The Unforgiven Harvest; and has published several books of stories. She also regularly performs her own work. Jo was the 2001 Burns Fellow at Otago University, Dunedin. Her most recent full length play was Good Night The End, at Downstage in 2009.

Pip Hall graduated from Otago University in 1994 with a B.A in Drama. She has extensive experience as an actor, stage and production manager and writer for both stage and screen. Her work includes No Man's Land, queen b, Red Fish Blue Fish, The 53rd Victim, which won the Playmarket New Play Award in 2009; Up North, to be staged in 2010. She now has two young children.