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Silent Night

Silent Night

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  • Tue 6 Dec ’11, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed 7 Dec ’11, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thu 8 Dec ’11, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Fri 9 Dec ’11, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Sat 10 Dec ’11, 7:00pm – 8:00pm


BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington



Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $18.00
  • Concession / student: $13.00
  • Groups 6+ (each): $14.00


BATS Theatre

Should auld acquaintance be forgot...

It’s Christmas Day and somewhere in Sunnynook - Irene McMunn, is throwing a party! She’s wrapped the presents, sorted the tree, now all she has to do is wait for the guests to arrive...

While Irene prepares her unit for her Christmas party-tea she regales us with stories of her past – the Tangiwai disaster, courtship and marriage to her late husband Len and recollections of the McMunn family life.

A comic drama, Silent Night is a poignant portrayal of a senior life living solo, delicately unfolding a world where all is not as it seems. Inspired partially by her childhood experiences living in the rest-home her parents ran, Yvette wrote Silent Night in 2007, with Thomas Sainsbury as dramaturg.

The script was developed as part of Auckland Theatre Company’s festival of new scripts; The Next Stage in October 2008. Premiering at The Musgrove Studio in December 2010 to critical acclaim, Silent Night was performed as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival 2011 and went on to be a hit with audiences at the Nelson Arts Festival 2011 and Tauranga Arts Festival 2011. This phenomenal play has enjoyed a successful tour of the North Island finishing with dates at the Telecom Playhouse in Hamilton, TSB Showplace in New Plymouth and Hawkes Bay Opera House in Hastings, October 2011. Yvette is thrilled to be ending this tour at BATS for Xmas.

Yvette says, ‘Irene McMunn is representative of the iconic New Zealand woman who came of age between the wars. This generation of women have always held a special fascination for me. I hope that in creating the character of Irene McMunn I help preserve a fast disappearing facet of New Zealand's cultural heritage, freed from the usual clichéd depiction; connecting her story with the real world we live in, and with our hearts.”

Always quick to spot a souvenir sherry set, ornamental doily or a right royal trinket, Yvette has collected an eclectic array of memorabilia for the impressive set of Silent Night .This story of loss, loneliness and stoic survival, laced with plenty of humour is complimented wonderfully with a set full of nostalgic paraphernalia.

“Yvette Parsons delivers a tour-de-force performance as poignant as it is parodic…within seconds of her entrance Parsons has the crowd howling with laughter…Silent Night is a phenomenal play.” - Nik Smythe www.theatreview.org.nz 14 December 2010.

“Yvette Parsons creates a Kiwi Eleanor Rigby in her haunting portrait of an elderly widow…with a pertinent reminder that at the heart of the Nativity story is an uncompromising insistence on the intrinsic value of every human being, especially those who are marginalised, isolated or suffering.”- Paul Simei-Barton, NZ Herald, 15 December 2010

“Yvette Parsons invited plenty of laughs into her living room. However, this one-woman show also revealed the complicated emotions of a lonely celebration... Silent Night wasn't all that quiet. The world of Irene McMunn left ample room for interpretation and thoroughly deserved the emphatic applause”.- Leonie Hall, Nelson Mail,17 October 2011

“All around people are laughing, holding their breath, sighing. Yvette Parsons is faultless in her characterisation of the simple and sad Irene McMunn. Parsons brings her to life but more than that, I’m sure I know this woman. As writer and actor, Parsons manages to create a character we recognise and empathise with, and yet Irene is still unique; original. A Dutch woman sitting near to me whispers “echte” to her friend: “real.” And it is”. Kirsty van Rijk, www.theatreview.org.nz 12 Nov 2011

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