Akaroa Community Arts Council is thrilled to be a part of New Zealand On Tour and Michael Hurst’s World Premiere tour of his brand new, one-man play – The Golden Ass.
No one performs the classics quite like Michael, one of New Zealand's finest actors; who bring his incomparable wit, craft and energy to every performance.
Stay after the show at the stunning historic Gaiety Theatre for a glass of wine and a Q and A with Michael.
Seats are limited, so book now to make The Golden Ass a part of your weekend break in Akaroa.
The Golden Ass is a modern take on the first century novel by Apuleius, a glorious satire of its time, and the only Latin novel to survive in its entirety.
Michael brings this fantastical, hilarious, and sometimes terrifying tale into the 21st century. It is a tale of Lucius, a young man who, driven by desperate desire and insatiable curiosity, performs an act of magic on himself and accidentally transforms into a donkey. Perilous adventures follow, with Lucius falling into the hands of bandits, bakers, cultists, witches, slaves, circuses, soldiers and more.
The Golden Ass is a dazzling combination of allegory, satire, and sheer exuberance which has inspired the likes of Shakespeare, Boccaccio, Cervantes, and Keats. It remains powerfully relevant today in its plea for empathy and compassion in a world gone mad.
The cash bar will be open 30 minutes prior to opening.
Door sales on the night will depend on availability.