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Tue 3 Apr 2012, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Wed 4 Apr 2012, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Thu 5 Apr 2012, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Fri 6 Apr 2012, 8:00pm–9:30pm
Sat 7 Apr 2012, 8:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Listed by: Elephant Publicity

Written and performed by Ian Hughes
Directed by Anna Marbrook. Music by Don McGlashan

A triumphant return for the good Ship Songs!

An overnight sensation when it toured the country in 2008, Ship Songs’ romantic, epic tales and roguish folklore inspired by the true story of how Hughes' parents met captured the hearts of audiences throughout New Zealand.

This captivating tale of love and adventure has had its decks completely swabbed and its newly refurbished sail hoisted for its return voyage to Auckland as Ian Hughes (Bare, Shortland Street) and Ship Songs docks at Q Theatre from the 21st of March.

When Ian’s mum met Ian’s dad sparks flew. The reason? Ian’s mum had the most amazing story to tell of her adventures on the high seas. If you’re lost, throw yourself at the mercy of the sea – it may just bring you home.

Weaving together three stories spanning five and four continents and incredibly playing all fourteen characters, Hughes’ inspiring story-telling drew audiences in upon his first adventure – however the playwright and actor wasn’t merely content with what he had.

Instead, Hughes and his crew took their bounty and complete revamped Ship Songs, performing it at the 2010 NZ International Arts Festival to rapturous ovations; They made it bigger, better and even more inspiring before hosting anchor and finally returning to Auckland. Its cutting edge animation has been upgraded, the songs have become more epic and the action more exciting.

Its luscious soundtrack of rousing sea shanties and soulful ballads is provided by iconic New Zealand musician Don McGlashan, who marks his first theatrical appearance in the show in twenty years – not merely as a live musician but as a member of the cast. He’s joined once more by long time Seven Sisters collaborator Chris O’Connor and The Broadsides/former Charlie ASH member Dave Khan, together they have become Don McGlashan and the Journeymen and they perform on stage right in the middle of the action creating the impassioned songs, music and sound effects to Ian’s incredible stories.

“A hugely entertaining performance and production.” - Laurie Atkinson, The Dominion Post, 2010

“A really lovely piece of theatre and music. Go and see it if you can” - Hannah Smith, Theatreview , 2010

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