Four women. Four generations. One whānau.
“Hard times back there – hard times here. Nothing’s changed… nothing’s changed…”
As the 1930s Depression threatens to tear New Zealand’s working class apart, four generations of a single family must confront a personal crisis when the husband and father dies in a relief camp.
Erina Daniels directs a poignant new version of a national theatre classic. Wednesday to Come was described as ‘a major triumph’ by The Dominion when it premiered in 1984 and has been studied and performed across the country ever since. Jane Waddell, who originated the role of Iris and played Mary in 2005, will visit the play again – this time, as Granna. For the first time in its history, Wednesday to Come will be told through the lens of a Māori Pākehā whānau.
Underlined with a rich vein of earthy humour, Wednesday to Come is a powerful statement and passionate celebration of the contribution women have made to the evolution of Aotearoa.
‘Wednesday to Come joins the front rank of New Zealand plays and establishes Renée as one of our finest playwrights’ — NZ Times
Pay it Forward’ tickets
Now you can ‘play’ it forward! Purchase one ticket to Wednesday to Come for someone who usually cannot afford to go to the theatre and Circa will find it a good home. Book here
If you are interested in claiming a Pay it Forward ticket or nominating a friend, please contact the Circa Theatre Box Office Team on firstname.lastname@example.org. This initiative is year-round, currently running in active collaboration with Wednesday to Come.
‘Choose Your Price’ Night – Weds 3rd August
Our ‘Choose Your Price’ initiative lets you buy up to four tickets to a specific performance and opt what to pay for them. We encourage you to select a price based on what you can afford. This is a community-driven initiative where people with higher incomes can select a relative ticket price that subsidises those who afford less to pay lower. It means more people are able to experience live theatre, and ensures that the production can still make enough money to cover its costs.
Relaxed Performance – Tues 2nd August
Audio Described Performance – Sun 7th August
NZSL Interpreted Performance – Sat 13th August
$25 ACCESS TICKETS: Please call the Box Office on (04) 801 7992 or email email@example.com to book your $25 Access ticket (with free companion/whānau ticket if required)
Wednesday To Come
Directed by Erina Daniels
Set & Lighting Designer – Natala Gwiazdzinski
Costume Designer – Cara Louise Waretini
Sound Designer – Maaka Phat
Granna – Jane Waddell
Mary – Grace Hoete
Iris – Neenah Dekkers-Reihana
Cliff – Reon Bell
Jeannie – Mia van Oyen
Ted – Jonny Potts
Molly – Hannah Kelly
Dot – Amanda Noblett
Stage Manager – Sam Tippett
Operator – Marshall Rankin
Publicist – Tyler Clarke
Production Assistant – Sara Pattison
Produced by Nathan Mudge
Presented by arrangement with Playmarket
30 July – 20 Aug
Post-show Q&A on Tues 16 Aug
Tues – Thurs 6.30pm, Fri – Sat 8pm, Sun 4pm
$15 – $55
Runtime: 75 mins (no interval)
Warning: This play contains content about suicide.
Image by Roc+ Photography and Design by Sara Pattison