I have gone to many plays but I can honestly say that Black Confetti is unlike any play I have seen. A brilliant harmony of psychological drama, dark comedy and visual spectacle, it is a theatrical experience I will not soon forget.

Written by award-winning playwright Eli Kent and under the skilful direction of Andrew Foster, Black Confetti is the story about Siggy, a failed university student and part-time drug dealer. Put simply, he is a screw up.

Life is not going well for Siggy. We learn that he is struggling with the guilt of selling a particularly dangerous narcotic to his friend Billy who ends up overdosing. To top it off, his estranged father, a famous seismologist has mysteriously disappeared, only leaving him with a cryptic voice message.

In an attempt to make some sense of his life and to discover the whereabouts of his father, he and his best friend Elvis embark on a mission. As they get closer to the truth, Siggy’s world starts to unravel - even to the point of entering an alternate reality.

The Herald Theatre is the perfect space for this cutting edge Auckland Theatre Company production. The stage set created by John Parker is edgy and striking. As soon as you enter the theatre, your eyes are immediately drawn to the tree-like pipe structure that is centre stage. This structure is creatively utilized in many different ways throughout the story. There is also a hole in the floor that is cleverly used as an exit and entry point.

The script is just exceptional; the dialogue is authentically New Zealand and flows seamlessly between the characters, all portrayed flawlessly by an outstanding cast. Kip Chapman embodies Siggy perfectly and I thought Keith Adams delivered a chilling performance as Baron Saturday. Adam Gardiner was another standout for me, effortlessly transitioning between three different characters.

What I felt was an integral part in bringing everything together was Robert Larsen’s clever use of light and projection coupled with Eden Mulholland’s subtle but powerful use of music. These two elements added an additional nuance to the narrative.

Black Confetti is a visually gripping and intelligently written masterpiece about the dark side of life that is complex and disturbing yet incredibly fascinating. If you are not easily offended by copious amounts of swearing, drug use and a spot of full frontal nudity, this is a play you do not want to miss.

By Faith-Ashleigh Wong

Black Confetti is played at the Hearld Thatre until the 28th of July.

For more info and tickets, check out the Auckland Theatre Company website.




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