A drama by Gary Henderson
Directed by Terry Hooper
“Peninsula makes the ordinary universal,
timeless and extraordinary.” – NBR.
Season: September 8 to 29, 8pm
Matinees: September 9 & 16, 6pm

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About the play

Michael Hope is 10 and sleeps on a volcano. It is the 1960s, and he lives at the edge of the ancient flooded crater now known as Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula. Inspired by a new year and a new teacher, Michael sets out to map his home ground, charting his history in the sheltering hills and bush. But not all volcanoes are extinct. Rumblings in the adult world encroach into Michael’s life, throwing his universe into chaos. A feast for the imagination, Peninsula fuses light, sound, space and language into story magic. This play was a hit at the 2012 International Festival of the Arts in Wellington. One critic called it "a new New Zealand classic". The Howick and Pakuranga Times reviewer gave it five stars.

Watch the Peninsula trailer.

The Auckland premiere. By arrangement with Playmarket.

Please note: this play contains short sequences of flashing lights.



Peninsula earns five stars from the reviewer. Read the Howick and Pakuranga Times review.

Read the Howick and Pakuranga Times preview.

Read the Eastern Courier preview.

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