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Owls Do Cry



Thu 17 Oct 2019, 07:30 pm


Sat 02 Nov 2019, 08:45 pm


Q Theatre



Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets


$29 - $59

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There's a special delight that comes with opening a book for the first time. You don't know what adventure you're in for, but there's a magic to the mystery that keeps you glued to exactly where you are.

Red Leap Theatre brings this sense of glee to the stage in their premier adaptation of Owls Do Cry, considered the first great New Zealand novel by beloved author Janet Frame. 

Bringing this book alive to stage for the first time, Red Leap transforms the extraordinary tale of the Withers siblings into an exciting devised performance through their signature physical and visual styles.

Whether you’re a new or old fan of New Zealand writing, this is a celebrated, heartbreaking story about small town communities full of nuance, heart, warmth and insight. 

We are stoked to be presenting this show first in Ōamaru as part of Waitaki Arts Festival - where the novel is mostly set, and the 'kingdom by the sea' that Janet Frame spent much of her childhood.  

Created by an exciting creative team: Director and Choreographer Malia Johnson, Red Leap Artistic Director Julie Nolan, Designer Penny Fitt and Dramaturgy by Heather Timms.

Devised and performed by the talented: Ross McCormack, Margaret Mary Hollins, Ella Becroft, Hannah Lynch, Comfrey Sanders and Arlo Gibson.

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