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Owls Do Cry - Waitaki Arts Festival

4 Oct 2019 to 5 Oct 2019
7pm Friday 4th October, 4pm Saturday 5th October
The first ever performance work of Owls Do Cry, considered the first great New Zealand novel by beloved author Janet Frame.
Event type: 
Dance, Literature, Theatre
$65 Adults, $45 Students
Ōamaru Opera House
Opera House Building 94 Thames St, Oamaru 9400


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 Julie Nolan, Choreographer Malia Johnson, 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.

Written by

Red Leap Theatre

22 Aug 2019