On Dry Land – November 2017


Avi Duckor-Jones, winner of the first NZ Survivor, again joins up with long-time Troupe member John Marwick for a short season of Avi’s first play about men forced together on an island. It’s funny and it’s tense, It’s about addiction and control and the relationship between an older man and a younger. A powerful evening of intimate theatre – with a chance to meet the author and cast at the end of each night.

The play has adult themes – not suitable for young children.

PLEASE NOTE the starting time of 8 pm: running time approximately 1 hour.


Media Release

Butterfly Theatre Troupe – On Dry Land

Survivor NZ winner Avi Duckor-Jones is returning to his hometown of the Hutt next month to perform in On Dry Land, a two-man play he has written since his return from the reality TV show.
Somewhat redolent of his time on Survivor, the play finds Ducker-Jones’ character taken to an island; however, this isolated setting is a chosen alternative to jail, a place alcoholics are taken to dry out. It’s about addiction, control, and the relationship between the two characters whose backgrounds are glimpsed as the plot develops.

Duckor-Jones is joined on stage by Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe stalwart John Marwick. It’s a duo who’ve successfully worked together before, both as part of larger casts and, in 2013, in David Mamet’s two-man play A Life in the Theatre in which Marwick played the veteran, declining actor and Duckor-Jones the young up-and-comer.

In fact, On Dry Land is a project with deep roots for Duckor-Jones: performing in his childhood stomping ground of Eastbourne; acting with Marwick (who co-founded annual Shakespeare performance ‘Bard in the Yard’ with Duckor-Jones’ grandfather 21 years ago); and a continuation of his writing which started with a journal as a child and has since seen him published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies (writing is in his blood, his father is Lloyd Jones, author of Mr Pip).

Directed by John Smythe (himself a published author, trained actor, scriptwriter and well-known theatre critic), the play will be performed with both actors and audience on stage – an intimate format adding to the suspense and tension of the dialogue-focussed production. A smattering of humour throughout gives light relief.
At the end of each night’s performance there will be a short question and answer session with the audience.

On Dry Land – Muritai School Hall, 8.00pm November 14-17. Tickets $18, $15 (concessions) available from Rona Gallery, Eastbourne or online at www.bctt.org.nz.

The play has adult themes – not suitable for young children.

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