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Wed 15 Mar 2017, 7:30pm–8:45pm
Thu 16 Mar 2017, 7:30pm–8:45pm
Fri 17 Mar 2017, 7:30pm–8:45pm
Sat 18 Mar 2017, 7:30pm–8:45pm

Where: Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Christchurch

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • Adult (Service fees apply): $26.00
  • Concession (Service fees apply): $24.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Garry Thomas

Christchurch independent theatre group A Little Box At The Top Of The Stairs – under the direction of founder Garry Thomas - is back at Isaac Theatre Royal’s Gloucester Room with another dramatic installment: Swallow By Stef Smith.

Three strangers are about to face their demons head on. They might just be able to save one another if they can only overcome their urge to self-destruct.

Three women inhabit a hostile world. Chirpy Anna hasn’t left home for months; she’s stopped eating and she is smashing her flat up bit by bit. Rebecca is so furious that her ex-partner has found a new love that she turns that anger on herself. Samantha is struggling to become Sam, to look in the mirror and really see herself, the real person inside.

Swallow is a deeply optimistic play about the possibilities of connection between individuals, however, damaged. Swallow is not afraid of going to dark places, but it takes something from Leonard Cohen’s maxim: the cracks let in the light. Painful yet playful, poignant but uplifting, this play takes a long hard look at the extremes of everyday life. Questions of identity, heartbreak and hope are explored with vivid, poetic intensity.

Winner of a 2015 Fringe First and the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award
“Stef Smith's bloody great bruise of a play.” - Guardian
“A striking, important piece of theatre.” - Broadway Baby

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