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Tis Pity She's a Whore

Presented by Silo Theatre
Auckland, New Zealand, 16 March-7 April 2007
additional performance added 8 April 2007;
written by John Ford; adapted by Michael Hurst


Tis Pity She's a Whore was the "Excavated Classic" half of The Ensemble Project,
presented in repertory with Based on Auckland (directed by Oliver Driver),
the "Hand Made" half.  The same twelve young actors featured in the two plays.






Bonaventure   Jonathan Hodge
Giovanni
  Glen Pickering
Vasquez
  Semu Filipo
Grimaldi
  Glen-Paul Waru
Soranzo
  Curtis Vowell
Livia
  Esther Stephens
Castiza
  Sarah Thomson
Annabella
  Bonnie Soper
Putana
  Michelle Blundell
Bergetto
  Jonathan Hodge
Richardetto
  Barnie Duncan
 
Philotis   Sophie Henderson
Hippolita
  Morgana O'Reilly
The Cardinal
  Glen-Paul Waru
   
Direction
  Michael Hurst
Set Design
  John Verryt
Costume Design
  Victoria Ingram with Elizabeth Whiting
Lighting Design
  Jeremy Fern
Sound Design & Composition
  Jason Smith


The Ensemble Project cast (left to right):
Morgana O'Reilly, Semu Filipo, Jonathan Hodge, Glen Pickering, Esther Stephens, Sophie Henderson, Michelle Blundell, Sarah Thomson, Barnie Duncan, Curtis Vowell, Glen-Paul Waru, Bonnie Soper


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Interview, reviews for Tis Pity She's a Whore

Breakfast, interview:  Michael was interviewed about The Ensemble Project on the TV One show Breakfast on Tuesday 16 March 2007.

New Zealand Herald"Michael Hurst's no-frills production avoids sensationalising the play's gruesome material.  Through skilful editing the complex narrative is presented with great clarity and the audience is engrossed by a well-paced story that is punctuated by violence."

Metro:  "Hurst’s work with the group of new actors chosen for the Silo’s Ensemble Project has produced an intense and visceral performance packed with extreme emotion. . . . This fine, exhilarating production honours a classic work with a real sense of danger."

theatreview.co.nz:  "This production - 'an excavated classic adapted by Michael Hurst' - is peppered with modern expletives and an elegant early 20th century look.   It ultimately boils down to another timeless classic exposé of a two faced social order, where insidious corruption and ruthless moral judgements make for conniving and bloodthirsty bedfellows. . . . [Giovanni and Annabella's] success in winning the audience's sympathy is a testament to the performances of Pickering and Soper under Michael Hurst's strong and clear direction."