The Waipukurau Little Theatre's amateur production of the screenplay "The Heartbreak Choir," written by Aiden Fennessey and directed by Lindsey Bishop, delivers a powerful and thought-provoking performance that lingers long after the curtain falls.
“The Heartbreak Choir" doesn't shy away from addressing mature and challenging themes, including references to abuse and suicide. This production takes on these difficult topics with a sensitive touch, aiming to bring them out of the shadows and into open conversation. The playwright's willingness to tackle these issues head-on is commendable, reminding us of the importance of addressing uncomfortable subjects that often go unspoken in society. The play adeptly portrays the ripple effect of unresolved trauma, emphasizing how it can shape not only an individual's life but also impact those around them.
While "The Heartbreak Choir" delves into heavy themes, it's not without moments of levity. The harmonious melodies and well-timed humorous quips interspersed throughout the script provide a welcome balance to the weightier moments.
The Waipukurau Little Theatre's intimate atmosphere contributes to the overall experience. Unlike larger, more impersonal venues, this theater allows for a genuine sense of connection between the performers and the audience. The proximity of the stage to the seating means you can see the emotions on the actors' faces up close, making their performances all the more impactful.
The Heartbreak Choir runs from Thursday August 17 to Saturday August 26, 7.30pm-10pm, there is a matinee performance on Sunday 20th 2.30pm-5pm.
Tickets can be purchased at www.littletheatre.net.nz, Eventfinda or Betta Electrical Waipukurau.
Sunday 20th, matinee performance 2.30pm-5pm