Review: The Pink Hammer

WELL DONE: Fabulous acting from a cast of five in Howick Little Theatre’s The Pink Hammer. Times photo Laura Brookes.

If you’re down for a laugh or two, don’t mind language that could offend, and appreciate being reminded not to judge a book by its cover, you’ll love Howick Little Theatre’s new production The Pink Hammer.

Directed by Patricia Wichman, the show brings together the lives of four very different women who each answer a flyer for the Pink Hammer Workshop, which is a ladies-only woodwork class.

Expecting empowerment and sisterhood, they turn up and instead find that the tutor Maggie, who was advertised on the promo flyer, has gone a little AWOL, and husband Woody reluctantly takes her place.

The show takes place in Kiwi bloke Woody’s man cave – fit to boot with a beer fridge, old TV set, a dartboard, power tools and posters of skimpily-clad women on motorbikes, much to the disgust of one of the ladies attending the workshop.

As the plot unfolds, each of the main characters reveals aspects of their personal life and history – the highs, the lows, the trials they’ve experienced and what has made them into the person they are today.

With spectacular acting, distinctive characters that couldn’t be more unlike each other, a dose of hilarity mixed in with conflict, as well as a poignant reminder about the unpredictability of life, it’s a show you don’t want to miss.

The Pink Hammer season runs from February 25 to March 18 with a matinee performance on March 5.