Wonderful : Dunedin Fringe Festival


Ōtepoti | Dunedin

Theatre Comedy

Modern but timeless

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Ōtepoti | Dunedin

Wonderful is the story of the divine Lady Hermione and her loyal butler Roberts, as they grapple with the important issues of modern life - biscuits, trousers, sausages, art and what to do about Penelope.

Set in England during the witty and just a little bit notorious roaring 20s, its characters cast aside the darkness, despair and bad poetry from the Great War and fall headlong into the brave new world of martinis, monocles, romance, and fountains; the starlight glittering on the water like diamonds.

One part drawing-room farce, two measures of love and a splash of the comedy of manners, it asks the age-old question of all great love stories: what is the price of following your heart and are you willing to pay it? Where does Uncle Dickie keep the biscuits, and what did the actress actually say to the bishop?

Written by one of Dunedin's most successful playwrights and performed by Sarah and Blaise Barham.  


"Richard Huber’s script (he also directs) very cleverly blurs distinctions between reality and possibility and shifts and retracts social class distinctions … Intriguing and sometimes puzzling, rich in literary allusions, actress-and-bishop jokes and pathos ...” - Barbara Frame, Otago Daily Times review, 12/11/2022

"In the Barhams, Huber has found the perfect accomplices. Their tongue-in-cheek enjoyment of the absurdities of the situation is one of the great pleasures of the play. They inhabit their roles with ease, in a cracking conversational duel." - Terry McTavish, Theatreview, 11/11/2022 

“Combining drawing room farce, romantic comedy and fast-paced dialogue, Wonderful is thought-provoking and entertaining.” - Brenda Harwood, The Star, 17/11/2022

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Allen Hall Theatre

90 Union Street Dunedin 9016

| Wheelchair Access YES

Accessible Bathroom YES

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Dunedin Fringe envisions a city ignited by creativity, where all people embrace art, culture and creativity into their daily lives.

We have a mission to provide platforms for creative expression that help nurture communities. We have a special focus on supporting emerging artists, and the development of new and experimental work.

We produce the Dunedin Fringe Festival, Amped Music Project and New Zealand Young Writers Festival annually, curate the White Box Gallery, and manage the performing arts venue Te Whare o Rukutia.

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