Freely adapted from the notorious original by Apuleius, this brand new solo show is the story of Lucius - a young man driven by sexual desire and insatiable curiosity who is accidentally transformed into a donkey. Uh-oh!
What follows is a fantastical series of misadventures in a wicked world of witches, bandits, virgins, cultists, slaves, circuses, soldiers, pastry-cooks, prostitutes and priests.
Marvellously, sidesplittingly ridiculous, The Golden Ass is the original donkey show, inspiring such literary giants as Shakespeare, Boccaccio, Cervantes, Rabelais and Keats. It remains today a powerful plea for empathy in a world gone mad. With music and direction from acclaimed composer John Gibson, and performance by renowned storyteller Michael Hurst, this modern take on one of the great classics will be a rollicking ride, well worth the fare.
Rating: Adult themes. Not suitable for children.
Michael Hurst (No Holds Bard, The Daylight Atheist) brings his renowned dramatic and
comedic skills to this 2000 year old text. Expect vivid, fantastic and ever-so-human
characters that use, abuse, seduce and sometimes revere The Golden Ass.
"Michael Hurst is magnificent ... At once vulnerable and
flawed, hedonistic, enigmatic, wily, and strangely likable.”
“... a true voice, a genuine star in spoken, live theatre.’ -
“...a towering performance by Michael Hurst that may
well itself pass into legend. ... a masterpiece, flawlessly
enacted by a master storyteller" - Theatreview
"Hurst is the quintessential Fool, the prophet, the storyteller
... only the most heroic actor would take on such a task” -
Created by Michael Hurst, Directed by John Gibson, Set Design by John Verryt, Lighting Design by Rachel Marlow, Produced by Giant Font.
Production is suitable for Rating: Adult Themes – not suitable for children
Duration: ‘First half’ - 50 minutes, interval, ‘second half’ - 30 minutes. Informal Q & A available at end as required
ARTS ON TOUR NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust South, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation, Aotearoa Gaming Trust, West Coast Community Trust, The Lion Foundation and Community Trust Mid and South Canterbury. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse.