Death & Taxe$ poster, artwork by Blair McLean

Dates: 9th – 19th September 2020

Playwright: April Phillips

Director: Marion Rosner

Synopsis

This dark comedy takes place in the office of a life assurance company. It is set in New Zealand around 2010.

Gareth Burke is Destiny Life’s top agent for 3 years in a row, and wants to win the trip to Hawaii and take gorgeous receptionist Tiffany with him. But Lucille Potts is determined to be the first female agent to top the sales figures and has a supernatural plan to ensure victory. Before he can take the prize, Gareth must overcome the obstacles in his path – with an over-bearing wife, a manic-depressive corporate motivator, the police and the Inland Revenue to name a few!


Cast

ActorCharacter
Craig HaywoodGareth Burke
Kirsty JusticeTiffany Martin
Jodie MahanEnid Burke
Chris BalmBob Greene
Fiona PopertLucille Potts
Nick GibbsDouglas Graves
Blair McLeanTed Patchett
Anne McMullinElizabeth Battersea

Crew

DirectorMarion Rosner
Production ManagerSue Miller
Stage ManagerSally Ratchford
WardrobeSue Miller, Kythie Morris
PropsDebbie Williams
PromptDebbie Williams
Lighting and sound designMarion Rosner
Lighting operationBenjamin Forrest
Sound operationBenjamin Forrest
Set designMarion Rosner
Set buildBruce Cannell, Ross Miller
Set paintSue Mortimer
PhotographyAdam Rosner
PublicityNatalie Plowman
Original artworkBlair McLean

Photos

We welcomed playwright April Phillips to MLT for closing night and a Q&A session following the show. L to R standing: Blair McLean (Ted Patchett), Chris Balm (Bob Greene), Jodie Mahan (Enid Burke), Kirsty Justice (Tiffany Martin), Chad Rocket in banner format!, April Phillips (playwright), Marion Rosner (Director), Craig Haywood (Gareth Burke). L to R kneeling: Anne McMullin (Elizabeth Battersea), Fiona Popert (Lucille Potts), Nick Gibbs (Douglas Graves)

What's got Lucille all hot and bothered?
What’s got Lucille all hot and bothered? L to R: Chris Balm as Bob Greene, Craig Haywood as Gareth Burke, Kirsty Justice as Tiffany Martin, Fiona Popert as Lucille Potts
Gareth is showing off his dance moves - he is the man!
Gareth is showing off his dance moves – he is the man! L to R: Fiona Popert as Lucille Potts, Craig Haywood as Gareth Burke
Mr Graves introduces Mr Rocket
Doug Graves introduces his new financial fitness campaign, with buff Chad Rocket. Nick Gibbs as Douglas Graves
Bob is obviously making a "big" impression!
Bob is obviously making a “big” impression! L to R: Chris Balm as Bob Greene, Kirsty Justice as Tiffany Martin, Fiona Popert as Lucille Potts
Unluckily for Gareth, Mrs Battersea does not suffer fools gladly!
Unluckily for Gareth, Mrs Battersea does not suffer fools gladly! L to R: Anne McMullin as Elizabeth Battersea, Craig Haywood as Gareth Burke
Bob is somewhat unsure of his new customer Ted...
Bob is somewhat unsure of his new customer Ted… L to R: Chris Balm as Bob Greene, Blair McLean as Ted Patchett
Enid is loathe to let Doug go
Enid is loathe to let Doug go. L to R: Nick Gibbs as Douglas Graves, Jodie Mahan as Enid Burke
Tiffany, as usual, is being a bit of a drama queen!
Tiffany, as usual, is being a bit of a drama queen! L to R: Chris Balm as Bob Greene, Craig Haywood as Gareth Burke, Kirsty Justice as Tiffany Martin
Uh oh. Looks like Gareth's not feeling too well!
Uh oh. Looks like Gareth’s not feeling too well! L to R: Kirsty Justice as Tiffany Martin, Fiona Popert as Lucille Potts, Chris Balm as Bob Greene, Craig Haywood as Gareth Burke
Ted's interrogating Lucille and Doug gets in the middle
Ted’s interrogating Lucille and Doug gets in the middle. L to R: Blair McLean as Ted Patchett, Nick Gibbs as Douglas Graves, Fiona Popert as Lucille Potts
Gareth lets Lucille know his true feelings
Gareth lets Lucille know his true feelings. L to R: Craig Haywood as Gareth Burke, Fiona Popert as Lucille Potts
Why is Gareth acting like a dog?!
Why is Gareth acting like a dog?! L to R: Fiona Popert as Lucille Potts, Anne McMullin as Elizabeth Battersea, Craig Haywood as Gareth Burke