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The Keys Are In The Margarine

12 Oct 2019 to 13 Oct 2019
Saturday 12, 7:30pm. Sunday 13, 3:00pm
Experience Dementia...Profound and enlightening
Event type: 
Adult $35 Senior/Student $28 Groups- 6+$28,15+$24
Hannah Playhouse
12 Cambridge Terrace, Te Aro, Wellington


The Keys are in the Margarine is a unique form of stagecraft. “Verbatim” or “documentary” theatre is real, mesmerising and truthful. It interweaves hilarity with heartbreak to poignant effect, while providing deep insight into what it means to be human.

Dementia and Alzheimers affects many New Zealand families. It’s a condition none of us can ignore. This play is created from interviews with people with direct experience of the disease: caregivers, family members, doctors, and support workers. Their stories communicate the effect dementia has on the lives of people living with the disease and everyone around them.

In performance, the actors re-enact those interviews. With the audio playing in their ears, they relay the original words, and how those words were spoken. Every vocal inflexion, intonation, and hesitation, as well as the physical gestures and facial expressions.

“The extraordinary, intimate experience of verbatim theatre is the perfect vehicle for a discussion of the lives, hopes and fears... ...a glimpse into the reality of dementia, with all the humour, bravery and poignancy it entails. The result is a moving and inspiring theatre experience. Highly recommended”. The Star- June 2014, Brenda Harwood


After the play on Saturday evening, join a panel of experts from Brain Research New Zealand, and members of the cast for a lively Q&A session about “The Keys are in the Margarine”, about Alzheimer’s disease, and what we can learn from recent research into the condition. Professor Cliff Abraham, Co-Director of Brain Research New Zealand and President of the Australasian Neuroscience Society will host the event, alongside Cindy Diver, co-writer, director and actor of “The Keys are in the Margarine”.

It’s not often you get the opportunity to meet the cream of New Zealand neuroscience and theatre, and experience first-hand how art and science can come together to create such a compelling and moving theatre-going experience. We look forward to seeing you there!

Written by

Hannah Playhouse

16 Aug 2019