Peer Gynt [Recycled]
Auckland Theatre Company’s second show in the brand new ASB Waterfront Theatre is a bold, raucous and irreverent contemporary response to Henrik Ibsen’s classic play-in-verse, Peer Gynt.
Peer Gynt [recycled], written by playwright Eli Kent (All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever, The Intricate Art of Actually Caring), will open in 7 March 2017 in association with the Auckland Arts Festival.
Peer Gynt is a bad boy with big dreams and a lust for life. And women. Banished for seducing a bride on her wedding day, he wanders the world from Arabia to America in search of love, fame and fortune. After a lifetime of exotic encounters and epic adventures, real or imagined, he makes his way home, to confront his past. In this very funny-serious meta-theatrical experience, the character Eli Kent features alongside our charismatic antihero Peer Gynt, for all the thrills and spills of his astonishing life quest.
Ibsen’s critique of self-obsession is given a new edge of relevance in this age of social media, where it’s perfectly acceptable to be obsessed with yourself. As a major voice in the next generation of New Zealand theatre makers, Kent delightfully opens up a whole new way for 21st century audiences to re-engage with Ibsen’s classic; the exhilarating yet strangely familiar tale of one man’s quest to find himself.