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HarleQueen - NZ International Comedy Festival

HarleQueen - NZ International Comedy Festival

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  • Tue 4 May, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed 5 May, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thu 6 May, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Fri 7 May, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Sat 8 May, 7:00pm – 8:00pm


Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Winner: Emerging Artist, Adelaide Fringe Festival 2020
Winner: Best Comedy, Dunedin Fringe Festival 2019
Winner: Adelaide Tour Ready Award, New Zealand Fringe Festival 2019
Winner: New Playwright of the Year, Wellington Theatre Awards 2019
And now, finally hitting Auckland's fine shores...

HarleQueen is a one-woman celebration of female fools. Written and performed by Abby Howells and directed by Anya Tate-Manning, HarleQueen is a night of theatre, fun and stories about cool ladies.
Also, Abby may juggle (unconfirmed).

Using a variety of comedy styles HarleQueen will take the audience on a journey through the history of female comedians in this vaudevillian-style one-woman show. Join the HarleQueen in celebrating the women who blazed the trail for females in comedy!

Praise for HarleQueen:

4 1/2 stars - Weekend Notes Adelaide

"The show is excellent, Howells is funny as hell and the sort of voice we desperately need, and HarleQueen is one of my favourite shows this year." - Theatreview

“A funny, warm, sad, heartening, joyful celebration of self” - Dominion Post

"It’s not often that you see a standup show that is just as delightful as it is funny. It’s the breath of fresh air that we didn’t even know we needed." - Art Murmurs

Abby Howells (Writer/Performer) is an award winning comedian and writer, and a founding member of female comedy collective Discharge. Past productions include 28 Days: A Period Piece, Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die, and Glocknid: Dwarf Warrior, which won her the award for Best Newcomer at the Wellington International Comedy Festival.

Anya Tate-Manning (Director) was last seen at the Fringe with her own solo show My Best Dead Friend, for which she won the 2018 award for 'Best in Fringe'. Its return season earned her the Michele Amas Accolade for Outstanding Performance at the 2018 Wellington Theatre Awards.

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