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Duration: 20 Nov - 18 Dec
Location: By Lynda Chanwai-Earle
Price: $25 - $52
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World Premiere
An eco-powered black comedy about a scientist, a Greenpeace activist, a Navy SEAL and one huge ozone hole.


COVID UPDATE 30/11: Circa at Orange 🟠 To open at capacity under the Covid-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light System) we must follow the My Vaccine Pass requirements. As of Friday the 3rd December 2021, we will require all patrons over the age of 12 years and 3 months to present a My Vaccine Pass to enter our premises at any traffic light setting. At traffic light Orange or Red, face coverings will be required when visiting Circa.

From 17th Dec we are still selling seats at a ‘reduced capacity’ until we have more certainty about the upcoming change in levels. If we appear to be ‘sold out’, please email our Box Office at circa@circa.co.nz and we will add you to our waitlist. You will be contacted again if/when we move levels. Thank you for your understanding.

In 1985, the world wakes to the discovery of the ozone hole over Antarctica.

It’s Wild West days at McMurdo Station and Scott Base, a time of big hair, big make-up, and ice-cold wine coolers. It’s little more than a decade since the US Navy lifted their ban on women travelling to the Ice. Meanwhile Greenpeace, rallying to create the first ‘World Park’ in Antarctica, is protesting the commercial exploitation of oil and mineral deposits under the ice by prospecting governments and companies…

Stella, a NZ scientist, Ioane, a US Navy SEAL from American Samoa, and Bonny, a Greenpeace activist, meet during one Antarctic summer. What unfolds is as dark, funny, and monumental as the discovery of the ozone hole itself. The second play in Lynda Chanwai-Earle’s acclaimed Antarctic Theatre Trilogy, HOLE builds on the innovative use of eco-powered energy as used in the award-winning HEAT.

“HOLE explores the relationship between art and science…[describing] Antarctica as the heartbeat of the world, pulsing as the ice expands with the seasons. Poetry has a way to pull at the heart strings that raw science doesn’t…leaving us in awe of the raw beauty of our planet.” — Art Murmurs

BY Lynda Chanwai-Earle
DIRECTORS Kerryn Palmer and Sally Richards

COMPANY Ice Floe Productions Tapui Ltd

20 Nov – 18 Dec
Circa Two
Tues – Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4.30pm
$25 – $52

$42 ‘Concession’ price (i.e. Community Services Card, Gold Card or student ID required)

Runtime: 95mins with no interval

Content Warning: This show contains the following: Flashing lights, coarse language, nudity, use of drugs, violence and stage combat and possible sudden or prolonged loud noises.

Post-show panel discussions with Antarctic Scientists/Greenpeace/Artists: Sat 27 Nov & Sun 12 Dec (after the Matinee with Audio Described Audience).

Lou Sanson (former Director General DOC/CEO Antarctica NZ) and Michael Szabo (Greenpeace Activist/Campaign Leader) will be attending Sat 27 show and are panel guests afterwards.

The discussion will run for 30mins with 10mins for a Q&A with the audience.

  • Saturday 27 Nov (Evening): Post-show panel discussion from 9:10pm to 9:50pm
  • Sunday 12 Dec (Matinee): Post-show panel discussion from 5:35pm to 6:15pm

Audio Described performance

Sunday 12th December 4.30pm

COVID UPDATE: Please be aware that Circa Theatre is currently operating under a reduced capacity due to Level 2 restrictions. We may need move your seats to ensure everyone is safely socially distanced and to make space so more people can see this awesome show. For this reason, we are not printing tickets until the night of the show so please come in and talk to our friendly Box Office staff 20-30 minutes before the show starts to collect your tickets.

If you have any accessibility requirements that mean you need to be seated in the front row or on an aisle, please let our Box Office team know by emailing circa@circa.co.nz or call us on 04 801 7992 between 10am and 4pm so that we can accommodate your requirements.

Thank you so much for supporting local art and artists. We’ll see you soon!

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