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Roger Hall's You Can Always Hand Them Back

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  • Sat 25 Oct ’14, 7:30pm – 9:45pm


St James Theatre, 61 Irk St, Gore



Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $42.00
  • Seniors: $34.00
  • Student: $20.00
  • Groups of 10 or more: $34.00


Fortune Theatre

Fortune Theatre in Dunedin and The Court Theatre in Christchurch are proud to present the Otago and Southland tour of You Can Always Hand Them Back

Written by Roger Hall, music and lyrics by Peter Skellern
Featuring: Lynda Milligan, Steven Ray and Jason Te Mete

Two grandparents and one grand piano…

Collaborating for the first time with distinguished British musician and song-writer, Peter Skellern (You’re a Lady, Love is The Sweetest Thing), is New Zealand’s best loved playwright, Roger Hall.

This hilarious and insightful comedy about the highlights of the twilight years follows Maurice and Cath as they settle into enjoying retirement. Instead of luxuriating in the precious time they have to spend by themselves however - with the birth of their long-awaited first grandchild - they find themselves dodging dirty nappies, dealing with sleep deprivation and becoming providers of a free babysitting service.

Lynda Milligan (Close to Home), last seen in Fortune Theatre’s sell-out production of Calendar Girls, is delighted to be playing the role of Cath for the fourth time since the play’s inception. She previously performed the role at Fortune Theatre in 2013, Centrepoint in Palmerston North and Circa Theatre in Wellington.
“See it or miss something special” – Manawatu Standard

Steven Ray (Duggan) plays the disgruntled and loveable Granddad to Milligan’s Grandma, singing his way in and out of trouble and bringing heart to the humour that Roger Hall so skilfully creates.

Jason Te Mete (Kaitangata Twitch) brings a delicate balance to the two grandparents, guiding them through the sticky times and providing beautiful piano accompaniment to support Peter Skellern’s catchy lyrics.

“You Can Always Hand Them Back was such a hit for us last year that the opportunity to tour the production of this hilarious new play with The Court Theatre was too good to pass up”, says Fortune Theatre’s Artistic Director, Lara Macgregor. “It truly is a celebration of the twilight years, penned ever so delicately by Roger with witty, insightful music and lyrics by Peter Skellern.”

“…many a smile to be had on the way.” - Theatreview

This funny and touching play brings to light all the little pleasures, smelly surprises, joys and woes of being a grandparent. No grandparent will want to miss it, and no would-be grandparent should.

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)

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