Archived: 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 today 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.