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The Underarm

The Underarm

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  • Fri 28 Nov ’14, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 29 Nov ’14, 7:30pm – 9:30pm


MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • The Underarm: $28.00


MTG Hawke's Bay

This is the story of two brothers ripped apart by the most infamous act in trans-Tasman sport. When the Aussies committed what Rob Muldoon later described as ‘An act of cowardice appropriate to a team that wears a yellow uniform’, The MCG ignited: Kiwis v Aussies, Aussies v Aussies, and Colin and Dons’ drunk parents violently versus each other. Kiwi Mum drags Colin, screaming, off to live in Wellington, NZ. Don marinates with Dad at home in Brisbane.

As adults, Don and Colin are reunited at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, and put on trial the very man responsible for their separation – the Australian cricket captain in 1981, Greg Chappell. But the hijinks soon turn serious when the scab’s ripped off their troubled past and the focus shifts to the real culprit: which parent was responsible for their lost childhood? With a recently deceased dad and a terminally ill mum, today is about to become another game-changer - a tumultuous ride through sport, politics and the ugly side of broken families. And, of course, the perennial sledging match that is Aussie-Kiwi relations.

Silly Mid On Productions is thrilled to announce award-winning Australian actor, Jeremy Kewley (Rove Live, Blue Heelers, Underbelly, The Secret Life of Us, McLeod’s Daughters) will play the boorish but troubled Aussie, Don. Jeremy joins us from his acclaimed performance in Equus in Melbourne: “One of Melbourne’s most compelling stage actors” – Art News Portal

Reprising his role as the Kiwi brother, Colin, is Hawkes Bay born, multi-award-winning Wellington actor, Christopher Brougham (Shortland Street, The Strip, Avatar, The Hobbit): “Comic genius…Nothing short of brilliant” – Capital Times

And directing is one of New Zealand’s most celebrated actor/directors, Peter Hambleton. With multiple awards from a 30 year career in stage and film, Peter joins us fresh from his role as the dwarf Gloin in The Hobbit trilogy.

"You don't have to be a cricket-lover to be entertained by The Underarm. Anyone - male, female, young, old - whose life is touched by sibling rivalry at any level, or by trans-Tasman rivalries in any arena, will find this show insightful, enlightening and engaging” – Theatreview

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