Past Tour: Tour-Makers presented Mr Red Light with Nightsong in Oamaru (Waitaki Festival) Dunedin, Wanaka, Nelson and Blenheim (Nelson Arts Festival) and Tauranga (Tauranga Arts Festival) in October 2019. If you are interested in Mr Red Light or any further shows by Nightsong, please visit their website for more information.
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.
Tour Media / Reviews
18 August – RNZ / Making innovative theatre / interview with Carl Bland and Ben Crowder
10 October – Otago Daily Times / A beacon of truth
12 October – Oamaru Mail review
“Mr Red Light, billed as “absurdly funny and joyfully inventive”, was all that and a lot more.”