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The South Afreakins - a dark comedy

1 Nov 2019 to 25 Nov 2019
A hilarious and heartbreaking solo show about country, loss and the impossible search for home, writer actor Robyn Paterson's 'The South Afreakins' is touring the country with Arts On Tour NZ.
Event type: 
Comedy, Live event, Theatre


The South Afreakins - a dark comedy

Written and performed by Robyn Paterson

Helene and Gordon are stuck in the same armchairs, on their same farm and in the same rut. One longs to leave and experience everything the world and retirement has to offer, while the other won’t leave his milk tart.

When they finally immigrate to Otemoetai in rural Aotearoa, the result is hilarious and heart-breaking, as they discover it’s hard work to find ‘home’.

A solo comedic show about leaving everything you’ve ever known and starting over again, it was performed with a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival, followed by the  VAULT Festival in London.

“A flawless performance” - The New Zealand Short and Sweet Theatre Festival

“The script cuts deep to the bone” – Theatreview

For more information, contact:

Diana Moir, AOTNZ media liaison, 021 126 573, diana@aotnz.co.nz

Steve Thomas, AOTNZ Trust, 0274 386 154 aotnz@xtra.co.nz www.aotnz.co.nz Facebook

Robyn Paterson Robynpaterson08@gmail.com +447490643692


Friday 1 November 7:30pm Putaruru     

The Plaza Theatre           

$20 Book: The Plaza Theatre; Eventfinda

Saturday 2 November 7:30pm Opotiki  

Senior Citizens Hall         

$20 Book: Purchase tickets at the Library or on line at www.trybooking.com

Tuesday 5 November 7:30pm Picton     

Picton Little Theatre       

$20.00 Book: Take Note, Picton and Alyssums, Blenheim

Thursday 7 November 7.30pm Golden Bay

The Playhouse

$20 Book:  Pohutukawa Gallery                     

Saturday 9 November 7:30pm Hokitika

Old Lodge Theatre, 11 Revell Street

$20 Book: Hokitika's Regent Theatre

Monday 11 November 8:00pm Stewart Island   

RSA Pavilion       

$25 Book: Door sales

Wednesday 13 November 7:30pm Alexandra    

The Stadium Tavern       

$25 Adults; $20 Gold Card; $10 Children

Book: Alexandra i-Site, plus cash door sales

Thursday 14 November 7:30pm Bannockburn

Coronation Hall, 37 Hall Road

Adults $25; SuperGold $20; Student/Child $5      

Book: Online at artscentral.co.nz  or

In person at all Central Otago District i-Sites

Friday 15 November 7:30pm Twizel       

Twizel Events Centre      

Adults $20; Student $10

Book:  Twizel Info Centre

(Includes complimentary nibbles, cash bar available)

Saturday 16 November 7:30pm Geraldine          

Lodge Theatre, Talbot Street      

$25 Book: Louk Clothing, Talbot Street (NO EFTPOS)

Sunday 17 November 6:30pm Ashburton            

Ashburton Trust Event Centre    

Open Hat - watch first and pay afterwards what the show was worth to you         

No pre-bookings necessary

Monday 18 November 7:00pm Lincoln 

The Laboratory 

$20 Book: Over the bar or phone 03 3253006

Wednesday 20 November 8:00pm Upper Hutt  

Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre     

$20 Book: www.expressions.org.nz

Thursday 21 November 7:30pm New Plymouth

4th Wall Theatre             

Adults $25; Seniors $20; Students $10    

Book: www.4thwalltheatre.co.nz

Saturday 23 November 7:30pm Coromandel      

Hauraki House Theatre  

$20 Book: Coromandel Information Centre

Monday 25 November 7:00pm Whitianga           

The Coghill Theatre        

Adult $25; Youth <19 Years $10 

Book: Paper Plus, Whitianga


Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse.