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Joyful and Triumphant


Tue 3 May 2016, 6:30pm
Wed 4 May 2016, 6:30pm
Thu 5 May 2016, 8:00pm
Fri 6 May 2016, 8:00pm
Sat 7 May 2016, 8:00pm

Where: Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $46.00
  • Seniors/ Students: $38.00
  • Friends of Circa (Until 17 April): $33.00
  • Groups 6+: $39.00
  • Groups 20 +: $36.00
  • Under 25s: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Circa Theatre

Directed by Susan Wilson
Proudly supported by Peter Biggs CNZM and Mary Biggs
2 April - 7 May
Circa 1

An Incidental epic by Robert Lord
This outstanding award-winning NZ play returns to celebrate Circa’s 40th birthday Anniversary.

“What do you have if you don’t have family?”
“Peace of Mind?”

How to survive the train wreck that can be Christmas with the family is skilfully chronicled by playwright Robert Lord in Joyful & Triumphant.

The play spans forty years of Christmas Days in the lives of the small-town Bishop Family, as they struggle and cavil and cuddle. Beginning early morning Christmas Day 1949, it moves logically in time through subsequent Christmas Days of the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, to conclude late evening Christmas Day 1989.

“Forty Years of New Zealand Society in an eggshell, fragile but whole” Denis Welch, The Listener

Circa first produced Joyful & Triumphant in 1992, in the original theatre on Harris Street. It was commissioned by Circa and premiered as part of the Wellington Arts Festival (now the New Zealand Festival), directed by Susan Wilson. It was a sell-out success, winning awards in the Festival as well as the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for Production of the Year, Director of the Year, and New Zealand Playwright of the Year.

This original production went on to tour New Zealand before heading overseas to Australia and London. We are delighted to be bringing it back to Circa as part of the special birthday celebrations and very excited that Susan Wilson will again be directing.

“A masterpiece destined to become a classic” - New Zealand Herald

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