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The Poor Dears / The Wizard of Oz


Thu 27 May 2010, 8:00pm
Fri 28 May 2010, 8:30pm
Sat 29 May 2010, 8:00pm
Sun 30 May 2010, 6:00pm

Where: Southern Ballet Theatre, The Arts Centre, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $15.00
  • Students: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Different Light Theatre Company is a theatre group that explores the possibilities of mixed-ability performance. In the past six years they have staged highly successful productions in New Zealand and Australia.

In The Poor Dears, a group of intellectually disabled performers arrive at an airport and are subjected to rigorous processing by US Border Patrol. It becomes clear that US means not only United States but also ‘us’ as opposed to them. In The Wizard of Oz (scenes from a work in progress), the same group of performers explore the grotesque yet sentimental world of the well-known 1939 film.

In March 2010, Different Light presented at The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. In June, director Tony McCaffrey will give papers in Philadelphia and Toronto as part of his PhD in Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Canterbury.

The Poor Dears / The Wizard of Oz is presented as a part of the University of Canterbury's Platform Arts Festival 2010, a dynamic 11 day extravaganza of art, lectures, theatre, music and film.