The Hobson Street Theatre Company, in association with the Auckland City Mission, are back again with That’s What Friends Are For. Making friends isn't easy. In this theatrical experiment, they are going to see if they can make friends with people in the audience in just one hour. In partnership with the University of Auckland and featuring the Auckland Street Choir, this is a show about how we make friends, and what it means to be one.
We chatted to two of the team from the show about where the show came from and how the process has been so far!
WHAT SPARKED THE IDEA FOR THIS WORK?
Joeli Thackers: We talked about creating something that was the total opposite from last year (The Race, it was a show about racism). It was pretty heavy and not about being very friendly! So we wanted to flip it around.
WHAT IS THE CENTRAL KAUPAPA BEHIND THE WORK?
Kelly Tunui: Friendship is the key. Making sure your friendships are strong.
WHAT HAS THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS BEEN LIKE SO FAR?
J: Really cool, I guess with the different style that Peter brings and him adapting to working collaboratively, its been cool, a different energy.
K: Its been good. Pretty moving, on key.
WHO DO OYOU WANT TO SEE THIS SHOW?
J: Anybody that wants a laugh and to see something a bit left of the centre.
K: Young and old because it doesn't matter how old you are, friendships are everything. Friends are golden.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE AUDIENCES WILL TAKE AWAY FROM THE SHOW?
J: That you maybe look at people in a different way. That you have a smile on your face as you walk by someone on the street.
K: That the thought of having friends makes you happy. When you wake up in the morning, you look at your husband or wife and know they're the best friend you'll ever have.
That’s What Friends Are For is part of Auckland Fringe 2019 and on at Basement Theatre from 26 Feb - 02 Mar. Book tickets or find out more here.