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Away by Michael Gow


Wed 12 Sep 2018, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Fri 14 Sep 2018, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Sat 15 Sep 2018, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Thu 20 Sep 2018, 7:30pm–9:30pm Thursday Ticket Promotion
Fri 21 Sep 2018, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Sat 22 Sep 2018, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall, 33 Buckingham St, Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Table of 6: $307.50 ($300.00 + $7.50 fees)
  • General Admission: $46.05 ($42.00 + $4.05 fees)
  • Thursday Admission : $41.95 ($38.00 + $3.95 fees)
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Listed by: remarkabletheatrenz

‘Away’ is a multi-award winning play and regarded as one of Australasia’s greatest modern classics. It is the summer of 1967-1968 and 3 families from very different social backgrounds head for the coast to get away. It is set in a time that is dealing with the Vietnam War and wrestling with social upheaval and the rise of materialism. We see the internal conflict of family life against the struggle of a country shaping its future.

3 mothers, one recovering from the loss of a child, one fearing the loss of her own and one learning to let go, are each determined to take this holiday as a restful time, but the pressures of family life gather into a storm with transformational consequences.

The play is dramatic, funny and uplifting and focuses on the Shakespearean theme of rejuvenation with brief scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream and King Lear. Gow also draws on Shakespearean devices such as soliloquy, a play-within-a-play and a tempest during the play.

Information about the Playwright

Michael Gow, a playwright and director, is well-known for plays such as The Kid (1983), The Astronaut's Wife (1985), Away (1986), On Top Of The World (1987), Europe (1987), 1841 (1988), Furious (1991), Sweet Phoebe (1994), Live Acts on Stage (1996),Toy Symphony (2008) and Once in Royal David's City (2014). Michael was also the Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company from 1997 to 2010.

Information about the Director

We are delighted to have one of New Zealand’s foremost theatre directors, Lisa Warrington, to direct one of her favourite plays. Lisa has been named on a number of occasions as one of the country’s best theatre directors in the annual assessments by theatre critics published in the NZ Listener. She has directed over 125 productions and is the Associate Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Otago.

Cast in order of appearance:

Isaiah Boniface, Andrew Edgar, Nina Johnston/ Grete Johansson, Sarah Barham, Blaise Barham, Phena Byrne, Emna Ben Amara, Jane Robertson, Charmaine Strickland, Jake Hansen, Nic Soper, Vicki Elliot & Sue Harcombe.

Production team:

Production Manager: David Relvas, Stage Manager: Melanie Grindell, Publicity/Marketing: Franzi Maciej, Tanya Surrey, Melanie Grindell & Scott Kennedy, Lighting/Sound: Mike Brettell, Set Design: Andrew Edgar, Choreography: Nicole McClean.

The show will also be judged as part of the Otago Southland Theatre Awards. (OSTAS)


'Both witty and poignant, Away is multi-tonal; spare, poetic, a fantasia, a comedy of embarrassments and a multi-layered play which explores the many meanings of the word 'away'.'

'Gow balances epic forces - dark and light, life and death, rage and forgiveness - elegantly and even a way that is unsentimental, true, funny, affectionate and wise.' - Hilary Bell.

'Away is sharply observed, clever, funny & yet moving.'

'Imbued with his own mortality, [Puck-like Tom] is inspired despite his pain to lead others out of theirs...The play gains accordingly by being delightfully funny, distinctly resonant, and deeply moving.'

'A magical play that everyone can relate to.'