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Hammer Pink

The Pink Hammer
(Court Theatre)

Written by Michele Amas
Directed by Anthea Williams

The inaugural Pink Hammer Workshop is an absolute disaster.

Annabel, Helen, Louise and Siobhan turn up, looking forward to learning carpentry skills from a pioneering, female furniture maker… but instead they find Woody, an out-of-work, disgruntled builder who’s less than impressed to find four sheilas among his claw hammers.


The Positive:

Theatreview Review

Stuff Review


The play premiered at Centrepoint Theatre in November 2014, then two years later Tadpole Productions staged it at Auckland’s Pumphouse Theatre.

I find this surprising, given the problems with the play. But first, there is nothing wrong with the top notch actors in the play. They each bring the character to life is a realistic and sympathetic way.

The set is great too, this could be any garage or shed anywhere in NZ.

The problems are entirely with the story and script. The first problem become apparent about half way through the second act. When a significant number of the audience start applauding at the end scenes before the ending, you know the story is not conveying it’s narrative arc. This happened three or four times, each time had me wondering what was happening.

The second problem is a mayor one. It’s about delivering what you advertise. If an author writes a book in the horror genre, you expect scares and frights. In a comedy you expect laughs and a tone to match.

During the first half of the play, the story successfully sets the characters, story and main conflicts. The second half should then resolve these with increased laughs and tension.

Instead the story wavers, unsure of itself. Then it ends with a tragedy, a down and rather morbid ending. It was not what we expected and left me feeling frustrated that the writer couldn’t have come up with a better ending.

Prog Day

Today is International Day of the Programmer.

In 1956 The IBM 305 RAMAC was introduced, the first commercial computer to use disk storage.

 

Then, in 1985 Super Mario Bros. is released in Japan for the NES, which starts the Super Mario series of platforming games.

 

Bonanza

On this day In  1959 – Bonanza premieres in the USA, the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color.

On 1 June 1960 TV started in NZ.

Broadcast from Shortland St in central Auckland, New Zealand’s first official television transmission began at 7.30 p.m. The first night’s broadcast lasted just three hours and was only available to viewers in Auckland. It included an episode of The Adventures of Robin Hood, a live interview with a visiting British ballerina and a performance by the Howard Morrison Quartet.

In February 1966 the average price of a 23-inch black and white television ‘consolette’ was £131, equivalent to nearly $5000 today.

On Wednesday 31 October 1973, colour television using the Phase Alternating Line (PAL) system was introduced, in readiness for the 1974 British Commonwealth Games, which were to be held in Christchurch in January and February 1974. The final switchover for colour television was in December 1975.

Leap Day

Ethiopian calendar

Between the years AD 1900 and 2099, September 11 of the Gregorian calendar is the leap day of the Coptic and Ethiopian calendars.

These leap days occur in the years immediately before leap years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. In all common years of the Coptic and Ethiopian calendars, September 11 is New Year’s Day.

Coptic Calendar

Comp Bug

On this day in 1947 a moth lodges in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University, causing the first case of a computer bug.

The Harvard Mark II, also known as Aiken Relay Calculator, was a computer built under the direction of Howard Aiken and was finished in 1947. It was financed by the United States Navy. Howard Aiken and Grace Hopper worked together to program and build the Mark II.

 

Old Car

Not the car – Just an example

In Jan 2004, for approximately two weeks a car was parked at the end of my driveway.

It had a lapsed registration and warrant of fitness.

It is was also unlocked and I found a diary/personal manager in the
back seat giving me a name and address for the owner. I have tried the phone number without success.

Also, two letters with the same name have arrived in my letterbox,
one with red paper marked “Private and Confidential” dated 26 January 2004. And another from the Ministry of Justice and dated 23 January 2004.

I talked to my neighbour, and it turned out he met the owner several
weeks ago. He put him up for the night and was told he was going to the North Island for a few days and would return.

About a week later I visited Police. They advised me to go to the Council parking unit and get it towed. They can’t can’t tow the car as it was on private property.

I eventually found the registered owner, called him and asked for it to be removed.

The next day the Car disappeared sometime in the morning.

Then three policemen arrived at my door asking after original person who’s name I found. They are also looking for my neighbour.

I passed on the information I had they left. Then, about an hour later two plain clothes police arrive (man & woman), same question – where is this guy !

Finally, on Sat 13 March the 7:00AM the National Radio news includes an item about the person I originally discovered saying
“Police are concerned about his safety”

In the 9:00 AM News it was reported that he had contacted contacted the Police.

And that is my true story

 

AngloZan War

The Anglo-Zanzibar War was a military conflict fought between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate on 27 August 1896. The conflict lasted between 38 and 45 minutes, marking it as the shortest recorded war in history.

The immediate cause of the war was the death of the pro-British Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini on 25 August 1896 and the subsequent succession of Sultan Khalid bin Barghash. The British authorities preferred Hamud bin Muhammed, who was more favorable to British interests, as sultan. In accordance with a treaty signed in 1886, a condition for accession to the sultanate was that the candidate obtain the permission of the British consul, and Khalid had not fulfilled this requirement.

The British considered this a casus belli and sent an ultimatum to Khalid demanding that he order his forces to stand down and leave the palace. In response, Khalid called up his palace guard and barricaded himself inside the palace.