Written by Carl Bland
Directed by Ben Crowder & Carl Bland
Starring: Jennifer Ludlam, Simon Ferry, Jess Sayer, Richard Te Are and Carl Bland
Mr Red Light is a man who attracts bad luck. Fleeing the police after a botched bank robbery, he seeks refuge in a pie shop and finds himself in charge of three very uncooperative hostages.
As time ticks by and police negotiations are bungled, Mr Red Light and his captives play a game of getting to know you.
Each has their own troubles. For Joker, employee of the month at the pie shop, life is a party he was never invited to. Dark and defensive Chrys is trapped behind the secretive walls she’s built around her. Eva, a lonely old woman, has lost the love of her life and is staring at her own mortality. And strangely, Mr Red Light seems to know more about his hostages’ lives than is possible.
With nowhere to run and nothing to lose, the four strangers form an unlikely bond. Suddenly the pie shop is a place where anything can happen.
From the team behind the award-winning Te Po, Spirit House and 360, Mr Red Light combines the hapless humour of Dog Day Afternoon with the quirky life-affirming charm of Amelie. Joyfully inventive, absurdly funny and full of surprises, it will remind you just how mysterious and wonderful life can be.
Please Note: Contains coarse language, scenes with a gun and gun fire.
“It’s the kind of theatre that makes film look boring, and turns first-time punters into lifelong patrons.” –upyourarts.nz
“The brilliance of this play is that deeper issues are interrogated with a personal comedic touch and joyous spot-on humour – signalled by the audience’s roars of laughter from start to finish” – Theatrescenes
“Mr Red Light is a definite highlight of the year. Everything about it – the performances, the script, the set, the pie-puns. The morose ant – zinged. Still thinking about it days later’ – audience member
“Best play we have seen in ages, we really, really loved it, the actors were superb, the script was cool and very funny.” – Sue
“Saw this last night: loved it, superb! Hilarious, warm-hearted, well-observed and beautifully absurdly human.” – Patrick