You Can Always Hand Them Back

  • Written by: Roger Hall. Music and lyrics by Peter Skellern.
  • Directed by: Jane Waddell
  • Circa One
  • 23 February − 30 March

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No grandparent will want to miss it, and no would-be grandparent should.

New Zealand’s most successful and best-loved playwright collaborates for the first time with distinguished British musician and song-writer, Peter Skellern (“You’re a Lady”, “Love is the Sweetest Thing”).

Maurice and Cath’s kids have left home, the nest is empty, they’re enjoying retirement and being by themselves. However, grandchildren arrive, plunging Maurice and Cath into a new life that they find delightful, inspirational and exhausting.

As the saying goes: “ You love to see them come; and you love to see them go.”

This vintage Hall, with his usual gift of providing instantly recognizable situations with a lot of laughs and just a few tears. Skellern’s songs are witty, poignant and hilarious, concluding with an anthem that the audience will joyfully embrace.

“See it or miss something special” – Manawatu Standard

‘If I’d known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I’d have had them first” – Lois Wyse

Read about how Roger Hall and Peter Skellern came to collaborate, on Circa's blog, drama on the waterfront.

Read about grandparents and the art of grandparenting in another post on Circa's blog, drama on the waterfront.

Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes (including interval

Cast and crew

Starring George Henare and Lynda Milligan

Show times

23 February − 30 March

Tuesday, Wednesday 6.30pm

Thursday - Saturday 8pm

Sunday 4pm

Ticket prices

$46 Adults

$38 Concessions

$33 Friends of Circa (until 10 March)

$39 Groups 6+

$36 Groups 20+

$25 Under 25s

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