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Bats Theatre s home is
The three-story Kent
Tce building is owned
by Royal Antediluvian
Order of Buffaloes, but
has been home to Bats
Bats lease runs till
March 2013 and the
theatre company has
the first option to buy
It is valued at $1.05
million and is being
offered for sale at
de Jersey Clere and his
son Herbert designed
the building in 1923 for
the Oddfellows Society
completed the following
It was purpose-built
as a lodge with shops
and a dance hall on the
The lodge sold the
building to the Savage
Club in 1944 and the
Buffaloes bought it in
Let's talk about sex, baby
Driven: Nikki MacDonnell, left, Emma Kinane and Geraldine Brophy had a lot of fun rehearsing for Sex Drive.
Photo: JIM CHIPP
By JIM CHIPP
Rehearsing for Sex Drive has been
a lot of fun, says Emma Kinane.
The Petone actress said fellow
cast members Nikki MacDonnell,
Geraldine Brophy, Tim Spite,
Lyndee-Jane Rutherford and
Dame Kate Harcourt were a stun-
ning group of people to work.
Combined with the Lorae
Parry-Pinky Agnew script and
preparations that included a cast
trip to a sex shop, everybody had
had a great time.
Sex Drive opens at Circa next
Three women who work in a
chicken preparation factory have
struck it lucky with Lotto, but
their $10,000 prize is not quite
enough to make a difference in
their lives, so they pool resources
and set up a business: a mobile
sex shop for suburban women.
They do it all themselves.
But things don t run entirely
There is a combination of
things they encounter -- issues
with the council, issues with the
people they work with having
moral objections to what they are
doing, and doubts that it s too
risky investing so much money in
it, Kinane said. I [her character
-- Chrissie] am risking not being
able to pay the mortgage.
Troubles with councils would
have struck a chord with Brophy.
Her fledgling Petone theatre,
The Box, was forced out of busi-
ness after just nine months by
local body rules and regulations.
Brophy said such things as sex
toys often had a very male
The three try to make them
seem sane, normal and accessible
to women, she said.
We don t necessarily walk in,
as women, to sex shops as we
would Farmers or The Ware-
Sex Drive shines the spotlight
on another unmentionable subject
-- the working class.
It s also an area of the world
we re not good at acknowledging
in New Zealand, because we don t
like to acknowledge that it exists,
she said. A lot of theatre is very
middle class in New Zealand.
McDonnell is the third of the
trio of Petone actors involved in
She has worked with Kinane
and Spite in SEEyD Theatre,
which collectively develops plays
exploring contentious New Zea-
land issues, such as wind farms
(Turbine), shellfish poaching
(Paua) and David Bain (The
It s a very labour-intensive pro-
cess that raising two small chil-
dren has not left much time for.
All in all, Paua took about four
months to write, said McDonnell.
This particular show [Sex
Drive] was wonderful.
As well as their cast trip to a
sex shop, DVice sent them along a
box of sex toys, said Brophy.
Mind you, having seen what
I ve seen, you could rummage
around in the kitchen drawers
and find something that would do
just as well, that didn t come
wrapped in plastic.
Sex Drive, Circa, October 15 until
November 12. For information or to
book call 801 7992, or visit
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