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Carving in Ice Theatre brings several firsts to Hamilton stage

A convertible car will be a key stage feature of a play hosted by The Meteor this September.

Carving in Ice Theatre is proud be bringing a few ‘firsts’ to Hamilton with its upcoming season of Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys by Sam Brooks, at The Meteor, running from September 4 to September 8.

Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys is also the first play to be staged in Hamilton by a winner of both the Bruce Mason Award and The Playmarket b4 25 New Zealand Young Playwright Award – Sam Brooks.

A play set in a car and previously only staged in carparks, the Hamilton season of Riding in Cars With (Mostly Straight) Boys is bringing the play inside and onstage, by literally driving a convertible – a red SAAB 900 Turbo – into The Meteor Theatre.

A coming of age story, the play follows Kyle who spends his time riding in cars with (mostly straight) boys, chasing the things he knows he can never have. Kyle has crushes on straight boys. That’s his thing. However, when one of the straight boys he has a crush on suddenly comes out to him, he’s forced to confront the lifestyle he’s created for himself and where to go from there.

Directed by Gaye Poole and featuring a cast of five young actors – Leeim Rowe, David Simes, Tycho Smith, Liam Hinton and Zach Pickett – Riding in Cars With (Mostly Straight) Boys has proven to be a truly engaging and thought-provoking experience.

“It’s refreshing to have a story about being gay that doesn’t end in absolute tragedy,” says cast member Tycho Smith.

“Sam’s play explores the diverse ideal of what it means to be a gay man. It is uplifting to have a story that doesn’t showcase ‘being gay’ as a personality, but rather an attraction of the same sex,” says co-star Zach Pickett.

Leeim Rowe plays Kyle, and says although the mainstream media only really presents Americanised, filtered and refined queer characters and stories to Kiwi audiences, “Sam Brooks gives you raw and freshly cut Kiwi homosexuality in all its glory”.

Audiences can experience the glory for themselves at shows running, September 4 and 5 at 7:30pm, Friday September 6 at 5:30pm and 8pm, and September 8 at 4pm.  The Friday 6 September 8pm performance also features a Q&A by the playwright Sam Brooks.

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