No Post on Sunday

Full of quirky humour, the main players of Armstrong and Dombroski have a natural talent for comedy… The simple but affecting story is not all humour though, as Armstrong’s portrayal of being rejected by his love interest creates a real moment of pathos that is very moving and gives the production depth and a sense of reality

                          – Ewen Coleman, Dominion Post

Pre-marital disputes between Wendy Martin (Nick Smith) and David Stanley (Duncan Armstrong) regarding if a notable New Zealand musician, Jason Kerrison, should play at their wedding, is soon overshadowed as the whole towns mail begins to disappear.

No Post on Sunday is a physical, confronting and charming work under the guidance of director Isobel MacKinnon.

Everybody Cool Lives Here are excited to take this next step in empowering this dynamic group of young people to express themselves on stage as emerging theatre makers.

Creative Team:

Starring:
Duncan Armstrong – David Stanley
Jacob Dombroski – Harry
Andrew Gunn
Nick Smith
Barnaby Olson

Directed by Isobel MacKinnon
Artistic Director: Rose Kirkup
Set/Costume Design: Meg Rollandi
Lighting Design: Owen McCarthy
Sound Design: Rowan Pierce

Production Manager: Natasha James
Stage Manager: Lucie Camp
Producers: Ali Kirkpatrick & Nic Lane

Season/s:

Circa Theatre, Wellington
27 August – 10 September 2016

Media:

Adam Goodall

/ Pantograph Punch

...an exciting momentum, driven by the myopic energy of someone thrilled by their own ridiculous discovery and chasing it to the most absurd conclusion possible. It’s a really fun energy to perform and a really fun energy to watch.

Courtney Rose Brown

/ Art Murmurs

The cast soars through the performance with constant laughter from the audience as they weave in and out of light and darkness, nailing life lessons that resonate with the audience as well as creating great moments of empathy…No Post on Sunday is one of the funniest and most enjoyable shows that I have seen this year.

John Smythe

/ Theatreview

No Post on Sunday stands proudly on its own as a highly entertaining and often poignant tale about community and communication: a fine example of Kiwi commedia.

Development:

Following the success of Wake Up Tomorrow (2015 Best in NZ Fringe), Everybody Cool Lives Here went back to the community we were working with and asked if they wanted to develop another larger community production or take the next step to build a more narrative driven show with less people but the opportunity to get paid. The answer, get paid…

We did an audition call out, and workshopped a team together to take the next step. Within a month of the workshop however we shockingly lost, one of our standouts, Caitlin Pamplone. It was devastating for our whole team, with the even harder realisation that losing a friend was almost becoming an annual thing for our community. Fortunately we bounced back, but it pushed us toward a male-centric acting team, with women leading direction, design, and stage management.

Nick Smith (2015 Best Performer in NZ Fringe) quickly set about framing the world, proposing we called the show No Post on Sunday, in reference to Harry Potter, but also his love for NZ Post, a kiwi staple that was quickly beginning to diminish. Nick also advocated for setting the play in small town New Zealand, or more specifically Smithville, a model town he had built but had been recently discarded.

What we didn’t plan from at the start was Nick’s love for the Olympic Games, and how trying to putting our rehearsals at the same time, was going to mean he wanted to be in the green room more than the rehearsal room. The rest of the team quickly came together Duncan Armstrong, Jacob Dombroski were joined by emerging performers Andrew Gunn and Barnaby Olsen.

Thanks:

Boosted supporters:
Aidan Leong, Alison Kirkpatrick, Andrew Pullar, Anna Boyack, Anne Smith, Anne Zwart, Barbarian Productions, Brenda Gordon, Brianne Kerr, Bruce Smith, Bryna O’Brien-Kiddey, Caroline & Dave Armstrong, Christopher Ulutupu, Colin Price, Danielle Grove, Danielle Lindsay, David Jones, Deborah Pathak, Ellie Argyle, Ellie Clayton, Emma Cullen, Fiona Pampalone, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Goldfish Creative, Graham Atkinson, Hayden Smith, Heather Kirkup, Heather O’Carroll, Ian Armstrong, Janaye Henry, Janet Lane, Jay Dog, Jean Sergent, Jill Guetta, John Kirkup, Julie Sarros, Karen Nowell-Usticke, Kate Jasonsmith, Kate Ricketts, Kayla Carruthers, Kerryn Palmer, Kirra Greaves, Kris Lane, Laura Robinson, Mads & Dave Berry, Margaret Hornblow, Maurice (Monster), Megan Duffy, Melanie Hamilton, Michael Hebenton, Michelle Gibbs, Natasha James, Nathalie Harrington, Nic Lane, Nicholas Smith, Nigel Jemson, Pamela Belyea, Parkington Davis Family, Patricia Belyea, Prue Lees, Rachel Cooper, Rae Dombo, Rebecca Lovelock, Renee Pritchard, Reuben Harcourt, Robert Comesky, Robert Guthrie, Ruby McGruddy, Sandra Heffernan, Shelly Hancox, Sheryl McLay, Stevie Hancox-Monk, Thomas McKenzie, Vicky McMath, Victoria Crawford.