Well… despite the somewhat favourable reviews this play has on it’s website, I wasn’t so impressed. In fact, by the intermission I was so bored I almost left Second Chef watching it  and wandered off to the pub.

Thing is, you can’t blame the acting, which was good, and you can’t blame the set, which was pretty interesting, well-exploited, and fun. What you can blame is a bloody awful script. I had the impression that they had a product, and someone made them add about half an hour of filler. A bad half-hour.

Paua is set in a small town called “Waiwhero”, and a killer is on the loose. Some sort of terrorist, killing poachers to punish them for plundering the coastline. Frankly, it’s not such a bad idea…

The problem is, as stated, once the story actually kicks off. The level of gratuitous killing is high, in fact almost ridiculously high. There’s even a few scenes that were completely unnecessary, they had to add props for, they took up minutes of my life for, and were completely unnecessary. Spoilers after the jump…

The worse feature was a cop who sympathises with the killer, and attempts to join him. The storyline hinges on the tension between these two characters, but it’s not actually taken advantage of, it hangs limply, and is not brought to a satisfactory conclusion. Worse, it’s a *bad* conclusion. The killer kills the cop, just as a dozen other cops fill him full of lead. So… why did the killer need to murder him? The cops would have done it anyway. Pointless, and even a little silly.

The story is full of holes like this. Worse, it looks like it’s been written by committee. SEEyD are a pretty good company. Like I say, good acting. But the script…

So, go and see Paua if you’ve still got some of those comps the Wellingtonista were handing out at the AWAs. Otherwise, wait till the next production.

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