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Flowers From My Mother's Garden


Sat 22 Sep 2012, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sun 23 Sep 2012, 4:00pm–6:00pm
Wed 26 Sep 2012, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Thu 27 Sep 2012, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 29 Sep 2012, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Downstage Theatre, 12 Cambridge Tce, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Opening night + function (7 Sep): $55.00
  • Preview (Thu 6 Sep): $25.00
  • Concession (65+): $39.00
  • Downstage Theatre Society Member: $38.00
  • Student: $25.00
  • Adult - first three nights (8, 9, 12 Sep): $40.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Downstage

With Kate & Miranda Harcourt.
Written by Stuart McKenzie.
Directed by Tim Spite.

Kate: Absolute rubbish! You’re making it up!
Miranda: That’s what I remember. That’s how I see you.

We’re excited to announce the return of one of New Zealand’s most loved productions. Flowers from My Mother’s Garden is a delightfully honest and heart-warming theatre experience.

Flowers from My Mother’s Garden, created by Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt, is a classic story of growing up and growing old. It is a mother/daughter conversation supported by domestic snapshots from 100 years of New Zealand’s history. Everyday moments from a shared history, including the sparring and the celebrations, are told in a documentary-style narrative.

Audiences loved the humour and poignancy of Flowers when it was first commissioned by the NZ Festival. After touring the nation, it was published by Penguin Books and broadcast as a Radio NZ Christmas Day feature.

Miranda and Stuart have described Flowers as the ‘prequel’ to the 2010 hit Biography of My Skin, also written by Stuart McKenzie, and directed by Tim Spite. Flowers is the first work in their trilogy of autobiographical theatre that includes Biography and the in-development Warriors in the Kitchen (scheduled Downstage 2013).

Review quotes:
"Flowers From My Mother’s Garden shares the experiences of a mother, daughter and extended family with an ingenious simplicity that belies the depth of insight. It’s a prime example of how universal the particular can be...They connect us with our own quest for a distinct identity, an authentic voice, a place to stand...Whether you have ever taken to heart a casual parental put-down, suffered the soggy, saggy and and sandy ignominy of a hand-knitted bathing suit, escaped overseas to find yourself then returned because you have, or had one of those onion-chopping gadgets in the kitchen, you’re bound to empathise in a way that gives you access to yourself as well as to them. That’s what I call communication!” - John Smythe, National Business Review

“It’s real storytelling, plain and simple. They are talking about things we want to know about and we’re grateful to these people for having the performance skills to do it for us... It really is a blend of the extraordinary and the universal... There are wonderfully moving moments and wonderfully funny moments. I think when Kate tells us she was standing in the bathroom and her father walked by and said “fat mares don’t breed”... I don’t know how many people there were - 300 or so - but we all wanted to go up on stage and hug her. It’s only our conditioning in the Western theatrical tradition that stopped us from getting up there and doing just that!” - Paul Bushnell and Michael Wilson, National Radio Festival Review

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