Owls Do Cry

Currently On Tour

Auckland - school matinee performances
Whoa Studios
9 March 2020 - 10 March 2020
Whangārei
Oneonesix
12 March 2020 - 13 March 2020
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Hawkes Bay
Toitoi Hawke's Bay Arts and Events Centre
20 March 2020 - 21 March 2020
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Hamilton
Playhouse, Gallagher Academy of the Performing Arts
25 March 2020 - 26 March 2020
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Considered the first great New Zealand novel, Janet Frame’s Owls Do Cry follows the story of the Withers siblings, Daphne, Chicks, Toby and Francie, and their lives in small town New Zealand following a family tragedy.

Red Leap Theatre’s contemporary response to the novel uses live music and song, dynamic movement, AV, and our trademark visual style to reveal Frame’s insight into our society and her astounding approach to character, imagery and poetry.

Devised through a personal connection and identification with Janet Frame’s language, Owls Do Cry celebrates this extraordinary piece of literature and its relevance for all New Zealanders.

Janet Frame’s classic novel has been adapted for the stage for the first time by an exciting creative team: Artistic Director Julie Nolan, Director Malia Johnston, Composer Eden Mulholland, Designer Penny Fitt and Dramaturgy by Heather Timms.

Cast: Ross McCormack, Margaret Mary Hollins, Ella Becroft, Hannah Lynch, Comfrey Sanders and Arlo Gibson.

Owls Do Cry is a stunning and evocative theatrical interpretation that feels modern, innovative and exciting. - Cynthia Lam, Theatrescenes

Tour Dates

Auckland - school matinee performances
Whoa Studios
9 March 2020 - 10 March 2020

Whangārei
Oneonesix
12 March 2020 - 13 March 2020
Book now

Hawkes Bay
Toitoi Hawke's Bay Arts and Events Centre
20 March 2020 - 21 March 2020
Book now

Hamilton
Playhouse, Gallagher Academy of the Performing Arts
25 March 2020 - 26 March 2020
Book now

Performance History

Ōamaru
Ōamaru Opera House
October 2019 - October 2019

Auckland
Q Theatre
October 2019 - November 2019