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Duration: 19 Jan 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
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Emily Writes’
Rants in the Dark

Based on the book by Emily Writes
Adapted for the stage by Mel Dodge, Lyndee-Jane Rutherford & Bevin Linkhorn

19 Jan – 16 Feb 2019










Following a sell-out 2018 preview season!

The Babysitters Club are offering a discount on babysitter services – see below

Two “Babes in Arms” performances – see below

From one tired mama to another

“Parenting is hard. And awesome. And the best thing ever. And it’s so hard. And amazing. And it’s a mess of contradictions and we can’t get through it alone. Let’s get through it together.”

Wellington blogger Emily Writes’ best-selling book Rants in the Dark is making the leap from the page to the stage. Emily’s heartfelt and hilarious writing explores her parenting experience, offering comfort and connection to other exhausted parents all over the world. Honest, authentic and laugh out loud funny, the play is full of the things that every parent thinks at 4am, but would rarely be brave enough to say out loud.

Emily shot to fame after a rant on her blog received 1 million hits overnight. Celebrate the truth and hilarity of parenthood (and grandparenthood!) and track the impact of what happened when Emily’s blog went viral overnight.

Following a five night sell-out preview season in the 2018 Women’s Theatre Festival, Circa is proud to be hosting the premiere season of this phenomenal new production.

Emily Writes shot to stardom after a rant in the dark on her blog received 1 million hits overnight. People across the world connected to the words every parent thinks at 4am after the third wake-up of the night, but would rarely be brave enough to say out loud.

mother-with-baby-in-arms_318-61862BABES IN ARMS PERFORMANCES

There will be two “Babes in Arms” performances so that parents with very young babies can enjoy the production and have their babies close.

Please note: the play is not suitable for toddlers or older children. The play contains strong language and adult themes.

The Babysitters Club are also offering a discount to their services for the duration of the season for people needing a babysitter at home. See details below.


   “It was affirming and beautiful and I loved it so, so much.”

   “It was so deeply moving. It was hugely hilarious. Real stories for real people. My heart was bursting.”

   “You are telling it like it is, the realities of parenthood, pregnancy and birth… and god knows the world needs more realism around parenting.”

   “Hilarious and wrenching. All fathers should see it.” 

   “My husband and I absolutely loved the show! Such a perfect performance to represent the book.”


Lyndee-Jane Rutherford

Good Times Company

Renee Lyons, Bronwyn Turei, Amelia Reid-Meredith

Designed by:
Wai Mihinui, Ebony Tiopira, Jennifer Lal

19 January – 16 February
Preview 18 January
Tues & Wed 6.30pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat 8pm
Sun 4pm
$25 – $52

Babes in Arms performances
Wednesday 23 Jan 10.30am
Wednesday 30 Jan 10.30am








Are you looking for a babysitter so you can enjoy a night out at the theatre?

The Babysitters Club is a babysitting service that fosters a nurturing, inspiring, and safe community, providing parents with certainty and freedom. Their sitters are all police-checked, reference-checked and interviewed.

The Babysitters Club is proud to be supporting Rants in the Dark – the play at Circa Theatre and wish to support parents who want to enjoy a night out.

For the duration of the season (19 January to 16 February) any Sitters booked by parents attending the play will get $15 off the total booking charge. Mention that you’re attending “Rants in the Dark” when you book a Sitter on the website:

You can choose to have a babysitter come to your home to babysit your family, or team up with friends and family to pool children at one house and get one (or more) sitters to look after a group of children. Ratio of 1 sitter to 5 children.

More information about The Babysitters Club
The Babysitters Club supports parents through providing quality, hassle-free childcare with the parents’ peace of mind kept paramount.
The Babysitters Club selects New Zealand’s most experienced and interactive babysitters to ensure your children are in the safest hands. Every Sitter is police-checked; reference-checked, interviewed, inducted and covered under a comprehensive insurance policy.
Trust is what makes The Babysitters Club services work.

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