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Wheel of Experience

Wheel of Experience

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  • Fri 1 Sep ’17, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Fri 1 Sep ’17, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Fri 1 Sep ’17, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Sat 2 Sep ’17, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Sat 2 Sep ’17, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Sat 2 Sep ’17, 3:30pm – 4:30pm


New Lynn Memorial Square, 1 Memorial Drive, New Lynn Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


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Wheel of Experience is an epic ten song adventure through the colonial history of New Zealand.

Experience the crimes of the Burgess Gang, love and betrayal on the Raurimu Spiral, the murder of Joe Kum Yung, the plight of a hardy band of shipwrecked sealers, confidence trickster Amy Bock’s most infamous transformation and the legend of archetypal ‘westie’ Francesco Rodriguez Figuera, known since as “Don Buck”.

Led by Peter Daubé's (King Skinny) powerful vocals and commanding theatrical presence, the music morphs with each unfolding story, as brilliant multi-instrumentalists David Ward (Guru of Chai, Kiss The Fish) and Dave Khan (Marlon Williams, The Bads) shift rhythm, pace and texture. Each song is a journey unto itself as the performers move from haunting ballad to wailing sea shanty, from blistering bluegrass to pounding blues. 

Each story is approximately 10mins long, whereupon the audience can stay to spin again or move on through and out. They are left with something outside their normal experience - like the remnants of a dream or another life: music in their ears, earthy odours in their nostrils, and vivid New Zealand stories imprinted in their imagination.

Since its first incarnation in the 2011 Random Acts Festival, Wheel of Experience toured the entire length of NZ and enjoyed a successful season at Q theatre. From town halls to theatres to opera houses, Wheel Of Experience has received unanimous praise:

“Neither musical nor theatrical experiences come any more astonishing than the Wheel of Experience. You hear about good performers bringing songs to life, but in this case, the songs seem to give birth to the performers.” - Nick Bollinger

“Will haunt me for days… you can hear a collective sigh after each piece finishes.” - Vivienne Quinn, Theatreview

"Dave Ward, Dave Kahn and Peter Daube have composed a musical taonga that should not only be enjoyed but also seriously discussed and listened to... a national theatrical treasure." - Tamati Patuwai, Theatreview

"The fact that these are all original compositions showcases the amount of skill and talent that these men possess, making music that just sinks into your bones with a sense of timelessness." - Ingrid Grenar, Keeping Up With NZ

Wheel of Experience is presented in New Lynn with the support of the Whau Local Board through the Whau Community Arts Broker. It also received earlier development support from Creative NZ.

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