Owls Do Cry is currently in development, to premiere in late 2019.
Considered the first great New Zealand novel, Owls Do Cry, first published in 1957, tells of the Withers siblings, Daphne, Chicks, Toby and Francie, and their struggles with financial instability, mental health, disability and grief. While a strong reflection of the time at which it was written, Owls Do Cry remains innovative and relevant. The modernist masterpiece, written in Frame’s idiosyncratic and startlingly visual style has the power to unnerve and astonish nearly 60 years after it was first published.
Janet Frame’s classic novel will be adapted for the stage for the first time by an exciting creative team: Director Julie Nolan, Choreographer Malia Johnson, Designer Penny Fitt and adaption by Heather Timms. The cast for development in 2018 includes Margaret-Mary Hollins and Ross McCormack.