Directed by Malia Johnston
Beloved New Zealand author Janet Frame’s landmark novel is brought to life on stage by the iconic theatre company Red Leap. Filled with fierce heart and visual splendour, Red Leap’s Owls Do Cry made its world premiere in Frame’s childhood hometown of Ōamaru, followed by a sell-out season in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Red Leap has taken inspiration from Frame’s rich imagery and language to create a multi-disciplinary dreamscape, weaving music, song, poetry, dynamic movement and AV to celebrate her work. This extraordinary tale is transformed into an exciting devised performance through their signature physical and visual styles, revealing Frame’s still pertinent insights into society.
Some of Aotearoa’s best creative minds have come together from a love of literature to explore and respond to the themes of her novel, of resilience through struggle and of living life with open hands and hearts. They bring with them the treasure of books and the pleasure of reading.
“Red Leap Theatre’s astonishing, evocative tribute to Janet Frame’s iconic 1957 novel, Owls Do Cry, is sure to join the roster of the great works of New Zealand theatre.” - Theatreview
“Red Leap have taken Frame’s desire for the liberation of imagination and fully honoured it with their work, taking it to a place where it need not be tamed.” - Pantograph Punch
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