Live theatre returns with one-woman show

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Trip of a lifetime . . . Laniet Swann plays youthful adventurer Rory in Tatty Hennessy's one-woman play A Hundred Words for Snow. PHOTO: MIGUEL NITIS

Dunedin’s New Athenaeum Theatre (NAT) celebrates the re-launch of live theatre with a return season of one-woman play A Hundred Words for Snow

Directed by Ellie Swann and starring daughter Laniet Swann, the play will be staged at the Octagon theatre from next Thursday to Sunday, June 25 to 28.

Ellie Swann, who runs the NAT, said the theatre was “delighted to give this show a second run in Dunedin, before we continue our lockdown-interrupted tour”.

“This special play affected me greatly when I first read it, and it still does.

“It is about growth and grief and adolescence and family, and all the emotional messiness they entail.

“It is a superbly-nuanced piece that will touch many people. And it’s just plain funny, too.

A Hundred Words for Snow, written by young United Kingdom playwright Tatty Hennessy, follows the adventures of rebellious young explorer Rory.

The 15-year-old, who has suddenly lost her playmate and fellow adventurer father, decides to take his ashes on the trip of a lifetime to the North Pole.

With the awkward blend of superior self-assurance and agonising self-doubt typical of a teenager, Rory peppers her story with facts and characters from Victorian explorers right through to the people she meets on her travels.

The 85-minute play will be staged at the New Athenaeum Theatre from Thursday to Saturday, June 25 to 27, at 7pm, and on Sunday, June 28, at 2pm.

The NAT is also gearing up for a busy July and August, as the theatre celebrates its third birthday.