Presented by Stuff & Things Theatre
“THE LOBSTER” IS UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF SIX DEGREES FESTIVAL, 2024. THE SIX DEGREES FESTIVAL IS SUPPORTED BY TE HERENGA WAKA—VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON. IT PROVIDES PATHWAYS FOR STUDENTS FROM THE MASTER OF FINE ARTS (CREATIVE PRACTICE) IN THEATRE TO BECOME PROFESSIONAL THEATRE MAKERS.
“Newly single bachelor David must learn to conform to his world’s dystopian adult dating climate in a 45-day ‘Relationship Hotel’—or transform into the eponymous crustacean. With such a limited time to find the love of their life, the propagandising of the nuclear family in the hotel breeds a deep fear of loneliness in the hearts of each guest—terrified to discover what life after the hotel could mean. Laced with unflinchingly dark humour, the play is sure to appeal to fans of the original film and win over the hearts of newcomers. Will David meet his match and ascend beyond his claustrophobic confines, or succumb to his aquatic fate?”
Stuff & Things Theatre is thrilled to produce the world-premiere stage adaptation of the 2015 award-winning black comedy film ‘The Lobster’, originally written by Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. THE LOBSTER is a riveting, 75-minute theatrical take on the titular film, directed by prolific Pōneke-based creatives, Daniel Nodder and Anna Secker. An enthralling combination of classic absurdism and striking physical theatre, backed by a dramatic orchestral sound design (by Nodder & Teddy O’Neill), THE LOBSTER is a must-see for film fanatics and strangers alike.
Licensed under special arrangement with Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou & Sayle Screen Ltd.
“Like all good satire, it takes what's already obvious about the world around us and just transforms it into something new.”
Recommended 16+. Show contains sexual content, discussions of suicide, profanity and moderate violence.
Stuff & Things Theatre, formerly India & Patrick Do Things Ltd., is a theatre company founded in 2020 by friends and creative partners, India Worsnop & Patrick Cunneen. The duo won a NZ Fringe Award in 2021, Most Promising Emerging Company, for their two-season debut show, India & Patrick Learn to Host a Show. Following this, they immediately set about creating their next show in 2022 but, like many others at the time, were unfortunately thwarted by COVID-19. Now, in 2023, along with a brand new name, the company has set a renewed goal for its existence—to do stuff and also things!
Stage Director - Daniel Nodder (Only Bones v.1.0, Smilestuff, ratKing)
Dramaturgical Director - Anna Secker (The Tempest, Missing Time, Glass Town)
Producer, Marketing & Script Adaptation - India Worsnop (Heartbreak Hotel, HAUSDOWN, Slowing The Sun)
Stage Manager & Intimacy Director - Angela Pelham (Top Girls, Knights of the Table, Abandonment)
Show Designer - Scott Maxim (Into The Woods, Cringeworthy: Swinging in The 60’s, Mamma Mia)
Operator - Alex Quinn (The Cyranoid)
Costumer - Zia Ravenscroft (they/he)
Co-Sound Designer & Operator - Teddy O’Neill (The Princess and The Knight, The Veil, Women Drinking Hemlock)
David - Thomas Robinson
Biscuit Woman & Hotel Manager - Aimée Sullivan
Heartless Woman & Receptionist - Anna Secker
John, Limping Man - Nathan Arnott
Hotel Maid & Best Friend - Rebecca Lester
Robert, Lisping Man - Tadhg Mackay
Nosebleed Woman - Elle Wachswender
Narrator - Susan Williams