Best of 2016 – Auckland Theatre props

The unsung special effects of theatre productions, killer props that helps define a scene, a mood or a joke. Here are some of the more memorable of the year.

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A drum kit, WHITE / OTHER, Basement Theatre
A brilliant opening motif, returned to later in the show, as Alice Canton hypnotically played the opening riff to David Bowie’s China Girl.

Ackbar head, An Hour With Ackbar, Basement Theatre
A prop worthy of an award, if such things exist in New Zealand theatre land. It had the power to turn Wellingtonian actress Anya Tate-Manning  into the intergalactic Ackbar, of eternal “it’s a trap!” Star Wars fame. The force was strong with this prop.

Soil, Potato Stamp Megalomaniac, Basement Theatre
A prop unlikely to return any time soon, given the potential for Legionnaires disease, but one that made a fitting home for an audience sized number of potatoes, and the occasional packet of (gluten containing) pasta. It was nearly upstaged though by both a potato synthesiser and some strategical shaped pieces of cardboard. This show was a bit of a prop fest.

Body suits, Camping, Basement Theatre
A potential nominee for best nudity of the year, given the anatomically correct nature of these body suits, unveiled during the climatic climax to this campiest of tales.

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Art Show, Centaur, Basement Theatre
An impressively credible selection of art, memorably narrated by Jesse Griffin. My favourite was the mocking but completely accurate curator’s explanation, accompanied of course by a curator’s explanation.

Fancy dress, Perplex, Herald Theatre
Without wanting to spoilt the show while it is still running there are some impressive examples of fancy and less fancy dress (including a birthday suit) in this show, enough to rival the Auckland Theatre Awards for creativity and surrealism.

What do you think of this selection? Anything you loved that I either missed or didn’t mention?

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