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Review: What happens when a diva wants to be PM

Jul 30th, 2008 | By | Category: Opinion

IT’S no mean feat to get a kiwi audience singing, shouting, and marching on command, but Helen Moulder managed it with aplomb in her one woman show A Vote for Cynthia.

Her character Cynthia Fortitude, opera diva turned aspiring politician, coaxed a level of interactivity from the crowd that would be the envy of  the current lineup of politicians wanting our votes.

Cynthia, modelled on no particular diva but somehow incorporating a little of every diva I have ever seen, charmed us with her naïve sincerity while providing plenty of opportunity for cynical laughter at the machinations of today’s election campaigns.

The play takes the form of an election rally. Cynthia Fortitude, now retired from the opera scene, is standing for election to parliament as the prime minister.

With references as diverse as Ed Hillary, Ettie Rout, Bill Clinton, the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Nicky Hager, Nigerian emails and political strategists; plus running gags involving various technical gadgets and the ubiquitous opinion polls, the show was well scripted, convincingly performed entertainment.

Staged at St Pauls Anglican Church, Langdale Rd, Paraparaumu, on Saturday 26 July 2008

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