Le Sud Mark II

June 2nd, 2010 at 9:05 pm by David Farrar

It isn’t often I will go to a play for a second time, but when offered review tickets for a second run of Le Sud at Downstage, I didn’t hesitate.

My August 2009 review gave a good summary:

It is a wonderful politically incorrect play that pokes the borax equally at New Zealand, French and Maori culture.

In this political satire, New Zealand does not exist. North Zealand was colonised by the British and South Zealand by the French. The North Zealand Prime Minister (think Jim Bolger and Fred Dagg combined) is accompanied by his two coalition partners (a female Hone Harawira type Tuhoe activist and a young nerdy fiscally conservative Freedom MP) to negotiate new power prices with South Zealand.

The South Zealand Prime Minister and Deputy are classic Frenchmen and women, with all the traits captured well. Their other Minister reminds me of Tuku Morgan – a likeable pin striped suit wearing, golf playing Maori who uses his culture to rort money whenever possible.

As I said, it is a very politically incorrect play, and the audience was laughing throughout. Not only was French, Kiwi and Maori culture mocked but in one auducious scene the North Zealand PM greets the President of the United States in a unique way.

While the basic premise and plot of the play was the same as last August, there was a lot of new dialogue. With mentions of the PM’s vasectomy, Tuhoe claims and oil spills, it was as current as you can get, and still bitingly funny.

It remains the best political play I have been to for years. I can recommend it to anyone, including those who (like me) saw it last year.

Now as it happens, I have 15 free double passes for Season One of , through the Scoop Media Network. It isn’t guaranteed you can use them for Le Sud as space is limited, but first in first served.

The first 15 readers to ask for a double pass in the comments will get one.  I’ll e-mail you to arrange delivery if you are one of the first 15.

UPDATE: And we now have over 15 people who have put hands up. It is the 1st 15 comments below. I will e-mail people tomorrow.

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20 Responses to “Le Sud Mark II”

  1. burt (8,199 comments) says:

    DPF

    Can I have a double pass to Le Sud please?

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  2. Jordan.M (3 comments) says:

    DPF,May I Also please have a double pass?Please?

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  3. bcanderton (2 comments) says:

    Any chance of getting a double pass too :) -

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  4. gjos (1 comment) says:

    DPF

    Could i also have a pass?

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  5. JiveKitty (869 comments) says:

    May I have a double pass please?

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  6. Gina (9 comments) says:

    Ooh! I have wanted to see this for so long! Can I have a double pass, pretty please?

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  7. Phil Lyth (12 comments) says:

    Well I guess I’d better be in then

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  8. smk (1 comment) says:

    can i have a pass to?

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  9. salt (133 comments) says:

    sweet, I’d love a double pass! Fingers crossed…

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  10. davidp (3,576 comments) says:

    Could I score a double pass please?

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  11. sheath (63 comments) says:

    Double pass for moi?

    Merci!

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  12. pacman (51 comments) says:

    Please. The missus’s 40th coming up – could pretend I paid for them and get some easy credit…

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  13. Monty (974 comments) says:

    Hi David
    Hope I am not too late – I would love a couple of tickets if possible –
    Thanks – Your mate Monty

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  14. freedom101 (491 comments) says:

    yes please x2.

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  15. sambonner (3 comments) says:

    I should very much like a double pass if any are still available.

    [DPF: Sam is No 15. Bad luck to those after this comment]

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  16. slyman (6 comments) says:

    Can i please have a double pass!

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  17. Badger (6 comments) says:

    I would like one please!

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  18. Boglio (78 comments) says:

    Would love one but unfortunately will not be in Wellington in the near future. Saw it in Auckland where it was put on by the Auckland Theatre Company and agree that it was a tremendously entertaining evening although deliciously non PC

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  19. Jman (84 comments) says:

    doh, I just missed out!

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  20. Christopher Thomson (376 comments) says:

    Is this coming to Christchurch?

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