by Emma Kinane

3 September - 28 September 2019

“Our children do as they’re told. That’s our family dynamic”

A European debut for an exciting new voice from New Zealand. 

A European debut for an exciting new voice from New Zealand.

11-year-old Harry Hunter is missing.

While they wait for news, Anahera – a newly qualified Māori social worker – supports Harry’s distraught parents.

But as the hours pass and the situation pushes everyone to their limits, Anahera is forced to take a stand.

Anahera returns to the Finborough Theatre where it was originally given a staged reading in Vibrant 2018 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. In New Zealand, it was chosen for Auckland Theatre Company’s workshop Next Stage in 2015 and was a finalist in the Adam NZ Play Awards in 2016. It premiered in September 2017 at Circa Theatre in Wellington, receiving rave reviews, and won Most Outstanding New New Zealand Play at the Wellington Theatre Awards 2017

About the Playwright Emma Kinane

Playwright Emma Kinane is an award winning writer and actor. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and has worked as an actor, writer and director in theatre, television, film and radio. She has a Master's Degree in Scriptwriting from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University. Her writing includes co-writing the plays Turbine, Paua and The December Brother with the SEEyD Collective, her radio play Clouds which aired on Radio NZ in 2014, and short film Bastard, part of the 2018 anthology feature Encounters. Her latest play Micronation Street recently had a workshop and rehearsed reading at Circa Theatre, Wellington.

About the Director Alice Kornitzer

Director Alice Kornitzer began her career as an actor at the Berliner Ensemble in Germany, before returning to the UK, where she gained a Drama BA from the University of Bristol. Direction includes Chummy (White Bear Theatre) which was nominated for four OffWestEnd Awards including Best Director, Wuthering Heights (National Tour), Apocalypse Laow (Katzspace), Sir Walter’s Women (The Great Hall, Winchester, for Hampshire Heritage Trust), The Taming of the Shrew (Petersfield Shakespeare Festival and Theatre Royal Winchester), Tejas Verdes (The Court Theatre Training Company), Broke Britannia (Bridewell Theatre) and The Accidental Caregiver (Robert Moss Theatre, New York City). Assistant Direction and Dramaturgy includes Die Präsidentin (Theater Magdeburg), Happy New (Trafalgar Studios), Tejas Verdes and Allotment (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and Das Fieber (Theater Unterm Dach, Berlin). She was the recipient of the 2018 European Theatre Conference Artist Residency Award.

Anahera received development assistance from Auckland Theatre Company, New Zealand, as part of Next Stage  2015.

The Press on Anahera in New Zealand

“Anahera is right up there, one of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen and heard and experienced...A must-see event, a world-class piece of theatre.” Off The Tracks

"A vital and provocative work capable of instigating change." Regional News

"A play for today that will resonate with audiences long after they have left the theatre." Dominion Post

"It’s not merely a technical tour-de-force, it’s important ." Off The Tracks

"The play braids questions of responsibility, irresponsibility, guilt and forgiveness...You’d have to be unconscious not to be gripped by Anahera." Theatreview

"Absolutely heart-wrenching...I know I won’t be able to stop thinking about Anahera for a long time, perhaps forever, as if I’m not the same person I was two hours ago." Art Murmurs

"Brilliantly destabilizing...It steers us straight into psychological thriller territory and, like a rip in the ocean, it grabbed me." The Pantograph Punch

"The script wrestles with questions many of us are not brave enough to ask." Regional News

"A taut, electric script.... a must-see experience." Off The Tracks

The Press on Alice Kornitzer

"Alice Kornitzer complements Foster’s ripe written style with spirited direction, which has moments of great lucidity." The Stage on Chummy

“Director Alice Kornitzer promises to bring a certain cinematic feel, nodding strongly to the neo-noir genre rarely seen on stage, for a unique exploration of this psychological thriller.” Broadway World on Chummy

"Alice Kornitzer's commendable direction finds space for more moving moments." - ActDrop on Apocalypse Laow

3 September - 28 September 2019

Tickets and Times

Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30pm
Friday 7:30pm
Saturday 3:00pm
Sunday 3:00pm

2hrs and 30mins with an interval of 15 mins