Live at Six puts the newsroom on the stage. This media centred black comedy, written by Dean Hewison and Leon Wadham, cleverly satires the modern digital age. When the face of the nation, news anchor Jane Kenyon, is recorded looking a little worse for wear at an awards ceremony, it quickly goes viral. Her network One News and rivals TV3 battle it out to get the best scoop and spin for this story ready for Live At Six.
Taking place at Aotea Centres Lower NZ1, the action starts immediately. The programme invites us to have are smartphones ready and record any unusual occurrences. Adding the thrill of knowing that your footage could end up in the play.
It’s refreshing to be told that we can tweet, Intagram and Vine before and during the show. This show harnesses the digital age and allows for audience participation on another level.
Originally performed in 2009, the play has grown over the last four years harnessing social media and technology and adding in up to the moment current affairs into the jokes. Throughout the play each networks tries to decide what the story is and how they will run it.
Live At Six is intelligent and funny with a great social commentary on the spin we the public receive from our nightly TV news. Jessica Robinson is excellent as Jane and her character remains slightly mysterious throughout. Carmel McGlone plays an excellent cold media bitch in Sue Austin.
A fantastic comic performance from Martyn Wood who played Derek Fontaine, the perfectly vain news anchor head nods an’ all. The set is complemented by the large space which enables for a TV studio feel. It allows for the toing and froing of each stations news gathering, one trying to save themselves the other eager to assassinate their rivals.
With direction from Tim Spite, the pace is excellent with the urgency of the deadline forever looming to keep the momentum.
Twists and turns of a media news room are exposed in Live At Six. A smart and comical look at the workings of the modern media.
Live At Six is on at Aotea Centre, Lower NZI until the 16 November.
Reviewed by Ingrid Grenar