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Peninsula by Gary Henderson

Peninsula: A nostalgic Kiwi coming of age tale
Peninsula's original cast: Sofie Gabriel, Steph Curtis, Ross Anderson, and Jono Capel-Baker
14 Nov 2020 to 28 Nov 2020
8:00-10:15pm from Wed to Sat, 2:00-4:15pm Sundays
A nostalgic Kiwi coming of age tale
Event type: 
$27 adult, $22 concession, $15 child, $20 14&21/11
The Rose Centre
School Road, Belmont, North Shore, Auckland


Both Peninsula's March-April and rescheduled August seasons were postponed by a very nasty virus, but with our new November season on the horizon we're glad to say a phoenix can rise from the ashes more than once, and it takes more than that to keep a good play down!

10 year old Michael Hope lives on a volcano - but while geological rumblings stay deep underground, unrest in the adult world threatens to erupt into his life, changing everything.

Set on the South Island's Banks Peninsula in the 1960s, Peninsula is a warmly nostalgic, bittersweet coming of age tale. When the play premiered at the Christchurch Arts Festival in 2005, The Press reviewer Alan Scott rated it highly, as follows -

"It is a play of impressive and unusual quality, a New Zealand play, set on our own doorstep, which evokes a Banks Peninsula childhood of 40 years ago.

However, like all good theatre, it transcends its specific time and location to give us an insight into the universal human heart.

I cannot think of a New Zealand production that drives more deeply into the memories of the audience."

Kristof Haines directs - and now acts - in this production of playwright Gary Henderson's work, with Kristof and each of the following actors playing an older and younger character: Jono Capel-Baker, Sofie Gabriel, Duncan Preston, and Rebekah Talsma.

The Peninsula Actors Hall of Fame contains Steph Curtis - veteran of the original March-April season and from July a proud mother - and Ross Anderson: Veteran of two postponed seasons.

There will be a discounted ticket price of $20 for our performances on Saturday November 14th (opening night) and Saturday November 21st, and for groups of 10+ the ticket price is $20 each.

Presented by arrangement with Playmarket.

Written by

Company Theatre

17 Jun 2020

Company Theatre is the resident theatre group based at The Rose Centre - on School Road in Belmont, Auckland: Halfway down Devonport Peninsula. We produce three shows a year, and new members are always welcome - with membership being free.