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Up Down Girl
Directed by Nathan Mudge and Michiel van Echten
Adapted from ‘Up Down Boy’ by Sue Shields with Myrtle Theatre Company
Company: The Up Down Project
It’s time to fly.
Mattie is off to college in an hour – and she’s left it to Mum to pack her case. Mum won’t miss the blaring music, slamming doors and massive phone bills. But Mattie is no ordinary teenager, and will Mum cope without her? Direct from a sold out season in Palmerston North, Up Down Girl is an honest and uplifting play about the extraordinary life of a person with Down syndrome and their mother’s humorous perspective on bringing them up.
The Up Down Project is an inclusive performance collective that aims to empower tāngata whaikaha, promote tolerance, and encourage collaboration between artists of all backgrounds and abilities. This production of Up Down Girl, which served as a catalyst for the group’s formation, was initiated by actor Lily Harper in response to an insensitive storyline about the Down syndrome community on her favourite television show.
“Everyone is different. Anything is possible. I want to show the world what we’re made of.” – Lily Harper
“Lily Harper steals the limelight.” – Stuff
Image: Matt Barnes Photography and Jemma Cheer Design Company
Proudly supported by Palmerston North City Council, Circa Theatre, the IHC Foundation and the Liong & Faye Community Benefit Trust.