In a sneak ‘pre-Christmas’ peek of the programme, we are delighted to announce that two international theatre shows will be part of the Festival of Colour next April.

From the United Kingdom comes Every Brilliant Thing and from Ireland, How To Keep An Alien. Both shows come to the Southern Lakes following seasons at Auckland Arts Festival in March, and are part of the festival’s programme ‘Bringing The World To Wanaka’.

Festival director Philip Tremewan saw the two solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 and says he is delighted to be able to mount them in Wanaka. “They’re both very intimate shows about love. They’re funny, heart-warming and beautiful. I know Festival of Colour audiences will love them.”
Every Brilliant Thing comes to New Zealand following three sell-out years at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a superb 16-week run in New York.
…….. You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’ – she finds it hard to be happy. You make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world: 1. Ice Cream, 2. Kung Fu movies, 3. Burning Things, 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose, 5. Construction cranes, 6. Me.
Written by celebrated playwright Duncan Macmillan and comedian Jonny Donahoe, the play was inspired by a short fictional story Macmillan wrote about a woman who, as a child, concocted a list of “every brilliant thing” worth living for after her mother had attempted suicide.

Edinburgh Fringe award-winning play How To Keep An Alien  is Sonya Kelly’s  funny and tender theatrical memoir about falling in love and battling to secure a visa for her Australian partner, Kate.
Kelly meets stage manager Kate while working together on a play at an Irish castle and their “fling becomes a thing”. This madcap odyssey from the stony towns of Ireland to the Queensland bush tells Sonya and Kate’s story as they take on “the visa people”, scale mountains of paperwork, and travel the long and winding road of bureaucracy to prove their love.

There will be several more international offerings as we will be “bringing the world to Wanaka” for 7 days next Autumn.