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Duration: 20th April - 11th May
Location: Circa One
Price: $30 - $55
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The Golden Ass

Adapted by Michael Hurst, additional text by Fiona Samuel
Directed by Michael Hurst & John Gibson

A tale of Epic Proportions

Coming at you full force via ancient Rome, Michael Hurst’s free-wheeling adaptation of the notorious original is a wild ride through a timeless world of bandits, goddesses, witches, circuses, sandals, slaves and sex.

Ambitious young author Lucius travels to a strange town to research his book on Witchcraft. Full of his own importance, he is made to undergo a magical transformation that teaches him the perils of getting what you ask for.

Turned to an ass, he now experiences the world anew in a string of hilarious and harrowing adventures, learning more as a donkey than he ever did as a man.

Laugh-out-loud funny and subversively philosophical, The Golden Ass is a powerful plea for empathy in a world gone mad.


“An ass-stonishing tour de force…riveting, salacious and very funny.” – Mike Mather, Stuff

‘A marvellous, skillful performance. This is a show to watch out for.”  – Charlotte Grimshaw, NZ Listener

20th April to 11th May
Preview 18 & 19 April
Q&A nights 24th & 25th April

Circa One
Tues – Thurs 6.30pm, Fri – Sat 8pm, Sun 4pm

Audience Care: Ages 14+, contains adult scenes; sexual references, innuendo and coarse language.
Runtime: 80 minutes, no interval.