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Synopsis

Le Sud is a rollicking satire that warmly pokes fun at three cultures, two islands and one country.

What if... the French successfully colonised the South Island in 1839, and South Zealand ("Le Sud") became an independent French-speaking nation? Today 'Le Sud' is a prosperous socialist country where people work only 30 hours a week, enjoy long wine-fuelled lunches, and the popular Prime Minister, Francois Duvauchelle, is a renowned womaniser.

The English-speaking citizens of the North Island are far less happy. North Zealanders work long hours for little reward, their free-market experiment ended in disaster, and race relations are at rock bottom. Starved of much-needed electricity, North Zealand lives in permanent recession.

Le Sud is the story of a delegation from North Zealand, led by Prime Minister Jim Petersen, who travel south to the beautiful chateau at Wanaka au Lac to persuade their rich neighbours to provide them with cheap electricity.

Warning - this play contains many hilarious jabs at the political, sporting, religious, racial and cultural values that New Zealanders hold dear!

Synopsis adapted from TheatreReview

Quotes from the Author, Dave Armstrong

"It's an out-and-out comedy, a bit of political satire, a bit of North versus South rivalry and looking at the possibility of what the South Island would be like if it was French"

"I'm an equal-opportunity satirist. My style of theatre is to mercilessly poke the borax at as many different social, linguistic, cultural and sexual groups as possible - that's my job"


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