Stuff Events

Powered by:

Shirley and Bill – A Play Reading

Shirley and Bill – A Play Reading


  • Sat 29 Feb, 2:00pm – 4:00pm


Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki St, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $19.00
  • Concession/Friend of Circa: $15.00
  • Buy Tickets – 04 801 7992


Circa Theatre

By: Dean Parker

Based on Shirley Smith: an Examined Life by Sarah Gaitanos.

Directed by: Jane Waddell
Featuring: Carmel McGlone and Gavin Rutherford

Shirley, daughter of one of Wellington’s leading families, her father a Supreme Court judge, returns to New Zealand at the outbreak of WWII with an Oxford degree. She seeks a husband who will help her live a fulfilling life. She begins an affair with the dazzling Bill, born to an impoverished, working class family but triumphantly educating himself into the higher reaches of Wellington and international society, a crusading socialist who believes history has reached its terminus with him.

Ten years older than Shirley, he divorces his wife to marry her. Shirley strives to achieve a life of her own, but she is always in his shadow – a position she accepts, not without bridling, admiring him so. When their lives explode, she is left wondering just who it was she married.

A Q&A with writers Dean Parker and Sarah Gaitanos will follow the performance.

People who liked this also checked out

Related Events

Special offers

How to get your Event listed

To have your Event appear on Stuff Events, go to who supply the event listings for this site.

Click here to add your Event now!
Powered by: