Overloaded (2021)

The play brought to life Peter Nicholson's mural entitled 'Overload' which depicted service car driver Les Hume and his laden car on a journey from Katikati to Waihi in 1925.

 

Katikati Theatre's contribution to the 2021 Arts Festival was 'Overloaded', a play written by Francis Young, Julie Thomas and Di Logan, who also directed.
The play brought to life Peter Nicholson's mural entitled 'Overload' which depicted service car driver Les Hume and his laden car on a journey from Katikati to Waihi in 1925. 
Les' record was 21 people in an 8 seater car! 
He was reported to never leave anyone behind.
The production was in October 2021 at the Junction Theatre at the Arts Junction.
 
All photos by Jo Bryant.
 
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Lafferty (Kelvin Willis' has found gold.   Curtain Call showing all the cast.
 
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The Director, Di Logan
 
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Lillian Skipper (Ruth Flynn), Lafferty (Kelvin Willis) , Lance Deverell (Eugene Pfennig)
 
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Kelvin Willis as Lafferty the itinerant
 
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From left: Rebecca Crabbe (Eryl Raymond), Eliza Stuart (Julie Thomas) and Harry Stewart (Ron Thomas)
 
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"Hold onto your hats". The car, driven by Les Hume, played by Gelnn Balneaves sets off.
 
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Harry Stewart played by Ron Thomas
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From left: Harry Stewart (Ron Thomas, Rev Wayne (Francis Young), Lance Deverell (Eugene Pfennig), Molly Lockington (Reece Jacobs), Fred Blomquist (Adam Symes -seated) Patricia Blomquist (Jamie Symes-seated), Jessie Blomquist (Hilary Jacobs) and Dottie Harris (Althea Ormsby) in the background.
 
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Les Hume, the driver, played by Glenn Balneaves
 
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Dottie Harris played by Althea Ormsby
 
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Les Hume (Glen Balneaves) and MP Charles Macmillan (Barry Magowan)
 
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Harry Stewart (Ron Thomas) with the box carrying his father's precious epergne
 
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Charles Mcmillan, (Barry Magowan) watches while others push the car out of the mud.
 
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Lillian Skipper played by Ruth Flynn 
 
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Lillian Skipper (Ruth Flynn), Fred Blomquist (Adam Symes) and Jessie Blomquist (Hilary Jacobs)