St Thomas of Canterbury College Theatre Sports
It's An Old Cliché But True …
The World's A Stage - especially for Daniel Pengelly, Nicholas McDonnell and Dominic Wallis, from St Thomas of Canterbury College, winners of Canterbury Theatre Sports 2004.
These guys are fast and furious. Almost too fast
and too furious for this Pulse reporter who missed
a whole heap of what was going on whilst having
to do a lot of head swivelling between 1, 2 & 3
answers! They are obviously so used to each other
they can practically tell what's going to be said
before it's even out there - or else they're damned
good at lip reading.
Trying to hold fast to a normal conversation was
hopeless and one can't help but see why they came
first in all three rounds. The teams from Timaru
Boys, Burnside, Christs College and Riccarton ,
were probably left open-mouthed and stuttering
too, just like me after half an hour in their incredible
and totally unique company. It's almost subconscious,
I'm sure, as natural as breathing to them, as they
slip into flawless banter and quips and swap subjects
within seconds. Take this for example - one minute
we'd been talking about what they were going to
do when they finished school and within seconds
this little interlude cropped up …
- You see, my family's just moved to a lifestyle
- A ranch
- It's called Hoon Hay
As an interviewer, I gladly relinquished my role
and became a one-person audience who just sat back
and enjoyed the show … but here's a few of the
details I did manage to salvage in-between laughing.
What makes for a successful theatre sports
- You've gotta have fun and not take yourself
seriously because it all shows when you're up
there on stage. If you're not into it people
can really tell.
- We're never really playing for the audience
because we're really amusing ourselves. There's
been quite a few times when we haven't been able
to finish a scene or a game just because we're
laughing too much - although this happens mainly
at practises and we usually manage to pull it
together on the night.
- Plus of course, we've got natural born ability
… oh, and don't forget we're simply the best
and we never screw up. When we arrived at the
finals I looked around and said "It's in the
bag, boys" … Yeah, and one other important thing
- we never take ourselves seriously - or have
we already made that point?????
How was it at the finals?
- Okay. We had three rounds of games including
the Open Scene that was good - we got challenged
to include a character with a flaw … oh, and
then we got asked to do a scene with toast in
- The Court Jesters were doing the judging but,
um, well, we didn't really listen to them much.
You could say we were kinda rebellious I guess
( suggested alternative: innovative?) Yeah,
that's the word I was looking for!
- Like we weren't allowed to act out female roles
but there are some instances where you simply
have to, so we kinda went ahead and did our own
Have you all known each other for very long?
- Yeah, him and him
- We've known each other since primary school
- But none of us play with each other any more
***End of first act due to
What's been the best experience about it all?
- Probably winning the audience over.
- When they respond there's nuthin' like it and
because they're right into it, it kinda feeds
our performance, you know?
Any previous experience?
- In 2002 we won.
- 2003 was a BAD year - one of the guys left
and we seemed to have a difference in style and
had to get used to working around it.
- And then in 2004, we were back to normal and
What about other drama productions etc?
- Only the school productions.
- Bats was the beginning of it all for me.
- Mine was Legends Night - I had two parts -
one as a woman …
And for the future?
- Canterbury Uni - I'm looking at psychology.
- Law. Lawyer.
- I'm off to Polytech for 2 years to train as
a chef and then maybe Uni …
But nothing in the Performing Arts?
They wandered off, still jesting as jesters do … and I toddled off to my car, holding aching ribs and reckoned it was a real shame there weren't more of these sorts of guys around - the ones that simply want to laugh and have others do the same.