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By Victor Rodger
Director Jane Yonge
“A Black Comedy with brio, attitude and guts” – NZ Listener
21 – 31 March
(Please note: There is no preview on Tuesday 20 March as advertised in our 2018 brochure. We apologise for any inconvenience).
Tues – Thurs 6.30pm, Fri – Sat 8pm,
$25 – $52
Duration 90 mins (with a 15 interval)
Note: At the Wake contains coarse language and there is no allocated seating.
From the award-winning Kiwi/Samoan playwright of international festival hit Black Faggot, comes the Wellington premiere season of At the Wake.
Chain smoking, booze swilling Joan (Lisa Harrow in her Wellington theatre debut) holds court at her daughter’s funeral. Keeping it together with the help of a $300 bottle of Johnny Walker, this fading diva is thrilled to see her gay grandson Robert but apoplectic when his estranged Samoan father , Tofi, turns up to pay his respects. Nobody is safe as Joan unleashes hell at the wake. Family drama erupts as these unforgettable characters deal with loss, love and misunderstanding.
“…has the force of a volcanic eruption that blows away the veneer of social convention to release layers of pent-up emotion and deeply embedded pain” New Zealand Herald
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