Owls Do Cry

Regretfully, Red Leap Theatre has made the decision to cancel the remaining dates of our Owls Do Cry North Island tour. Given the escalation of the covid-19 corona virus pandemic and its potential risk on communities across Aotearoa, it is in the best interest of public health that we do not promote opportunities for gatherings of people – it is this consideration that has led us to this difficult decision.
Please consider making a donation to Red Leap rather than requesting a refund from your ticket purchase as we are hoping to recompense our artists and touring crew fully. All tickets will be refunded.

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

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

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

Performance History

Ōamaru Opera House
October 2019 - October 2019

Q Theatre
October 2019 - November 2019

Whoa Studios
March 2020 - March 2020

March 2020 - March 2020