Why do we do theatre?
What does it mean to you?
Dr Drama (James Wenley) returns to the stage with a new set of questions - but he can’t make this show without you.
In Dr Drama 2, James and director Rachael Longshaw-Park create a fun and highly interactive theatre experience to reflect on themes of loneliness and connection and the relationship between performance and wellness.
Learn about the social origins of dramatic performance, browse James’ collection of theatre programmes he started when he was 7 years old, and collaborate with fellow audience members to create your own unique performance responding to the themes of the show.
A love letter celebrating what live theatre can uniquely do for us, while questioning how theatre can also fall short, this show attempts to give voice to both performer and audience to empower and elevate critical perspectives, play and wellbeing.
Dr James Wenley is a theatre lecturer at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington. He is also a theatre critic, practitioner, dramaturg, and avid collector of theatre
“An exceptionally unique theatrical experience. It raised interesting questions while giving the audience agency and a chance to be creative. It's a super fun time!”
“A lecture from Dr Drama is as humbling as it is invigorating. The whole piece felt like a celebration.”
“I loved the opportunity to think about how an audience influences a performance, and to contribute to a completely new piece of work. Not to be missed!”
Due to the interactive workshop style of the performance, a limited number of tickets are available for each performance. Don’t miss out - enrol now! Recommended for audiences 13+.
Dr Drama 1: Dr Drama Makes A Show and Dr Drama 2: Dr Drama Makes A Show With You are being performed together for the first time in the same season. Each show stands alone as its own experience, or you can attend both shows (and in any order) to get your full course credits from Dr Drama. The Dr Drama shows combine performance, theory, and teaching to empower critical thinking, conversation and connection for curious audiences.