Acting veteran Mark Hadlow has had to swap the stage for working on a building site in order to keep the cash coming in during the Covid-19 restrictions.
The actor and comedian is best known internationally for roles in Peter Jackson's King Kong and Hobbit trilogy.
He was starring in the Auckland Theatre Company's season of Winding Up, a new play by Sir Roger Hall.
The play was in the middle of touring but had to be postponed.
Eleisha Foon spoke to Hadlow about his desire to return to the stage.