Owls Do Cry

Currently On Tour

Auckland
Whoa Studios
9 March 2020 - 10 March 2020
Whangarei
Oneonesix
12 March 2020 - 13 March 2020
Hawkes Bay
Toitoi Hawkes Bay Opera House
20 March 2020 - 21 March 2020
Hamilton
Playhouse
25 March 2020 - 26 March 2020

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.

Red Leap Theatre’s astonishing, evocative tribute to Janet Frame’s iconic 1957 novel, Owls Do Cry, is sure to join the roster of the great works of New Zealand theatre. - Raewyn White, Theatreview

Tour Dates

Auckland
Whoa Studios
9 March 2020 - 10 March 2020

Whangarei
Oneonesix
12 March 2020 - 13 March 2020

Hawkes Bay
Toitoi Hawkes Bay Opera House
20 March 2020 - 21 March 2020

Hamilton
Playhouse
25 March 2020 - 26 March 2020

Performance History

Ōamaru
Ōamaru Opera House
October 2019 - October 2019

Auckland
Q Theatre
October 2019 - November 2019