Spirit of city inspires bill

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Stories for all . . . Fortune Theatre artistic director Jonathon Hendry speaks to the crowd at Monday night's launch of the 2018 season. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The spirit of Dunedin is the inspiration for the Fortune Theatre’s 2018 season.

That was the message from Fortune artistic director Jonathon Hendry at Monday night’s launch of the 2018 season brochure.

“At its core, this is a season of storytelling and of collaboration,” Hendry said.

“Stories from near and far, and from all walks of life.

“Stories to make you laugh, some to make you think and even a few that will make you shed a tear.”

Now entering his third year as Fortune Theatre artistic director, Hendry said he continued to be “astounded by the talent, enthusiasm and stories of those who have chosen to call this city at the bottom of the world home”.

The 2018 season was all about telling stories, from madcap British farce to new works reflecting New Zealand as it was today, he said.

The Fortune was thrilled to be presenting a festival of women’s works, along with three new works by Dunedin writers in its family season – Robin Hood by Zac Nicholls, Baba Yaga by Anya Tate-Manning and Snow Whiteby Abby Howells, he said.

There would also be the return of the Fortune Company in the purpose-built pop-up Fortune Playhouse, as the theatre celebrated 40 years in its historic Stuart St building.

The Fortune Theatre’s 2018 season begins in February with Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, by David and Robert Goodale.

Following productions will include An Illiad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare (April); Macbeth by Dean Parker, based on Shakespeare’s play (June-July); Hansel & Gretel by Benjamin Henson (July-August); and Astroman by Albert Belz (November-December).

The Women’s Work festival, in September, will feature Eloise in the Middle by Emily Duncan, along with more productions to be announced.