Owls Do Cry

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 will be 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.

The result is an extraordinarily brave, jaw-dropping performance that is simply faultless. There is not one wasted moment in the piece. It’s the best show I’ve seen this year. - Veronica McLaughlin, The 13th Floor

Performance History

Ōamaru Opera House
October 2019 - October 2019

Q Theatre
October 2019 - November 2019