Shortland Street - Weeknights on TV2

12:00pm Thursday, January 1 on TV2

On Shortland Street this week, Faye Smythe (Tania Jeffries) has a romantic encounter with someone who isn’t her boyfriend.

Shocked by the unexpected moment, Tania wonders what it means for her relationship with Isaac (Matt Minto).

“Things have been going really well between Tania and Isaac, so when she experiences this closeness with another man, it really confuses things for her,” explains Smythe. “I can’t say too much else, but Tania is definitely given a few things to ponder on.”

Meanwhile, Smythe is set to hit the stage for the very first time this month, appearing in Raising The Titanics – a magical tribute to the late and great Maori show-bands of yesteryear.

Written by Albert Belz and directed by Raymond Hawthorne, Smythe will be acting alongside local talents Bronwyn Turei (Go Girls), Miriama McDowell, Tama Waipara, Fran Kora and Wesley Dowdell.

“I’m part of such a strong team of people. Everyone is so talented, passionate and driven. It’s been inspiring working with them all,” says Smythe. “I love working with Raymond Hawthorne too. In fact I couldn’t imagine a better director to learn from for my first time on stage.”

Playing the part of Aroha Devine, Smythe describes her character as a strong, motivated and determined lady, who pushes for what she wants in life.

“She’s very different to Tania Jeffries. She doesn’t dilly-dally or muck around,” says Smythe. “I’ve been playing Tania for five years now, so it’s been quite a strange experience trying to step out of her and immerse myself in this new role.”

Smythe says acting on stage has required a completely different style to what she’s used to at Shortland Street.

“Suddenly you can’t use your face to express how you’re feeling – you have to use your voice and your whole body. One of my main challenges has been learning how to project my voice and not just feel like I’m shouting.”

So what can audiences expect from the show?

“It’s definitely an entertainment piece. There’s lots of live music and singing,” says Smythe. “I laugh and cry, so I hope that the audience can experience that as well.”

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Shortland Street will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

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