2016 Arts Festival Dunedin

Fortune is proud to be part of 2016 Arts Festival Dunedin

We are once again thrilled to be hosting Arts Festival Dunedin 2016 events. View the full Arts Festival Programme.

Events at Fortune Theatre:


1-4 October | 8pm

Devil's Half Acre

The Devil’s Half-Acre is set in the slums of gold rush era Dunedin, when the powerhouse of New Zealand lay south of the Waitaki River rather than north of the Bombay Hills.

It conjures a landscape of brothels, gaming houses and opium dens; a melting pot of immigrants from all over the world – prostitutes, prospectors, beggars and conmen, the newly rich and the newly broke, perhaps even the devil himself…

This Faustian tale plays out against a backdrop of political maneuvering in the new colony, including Julius Vogel’s role in Dunedin politics while editor of the Otago Daily Times.

The Devil’s Half-Acre is created by Trick of the Light, the team who delighted audiences throughout NZ (and the world) with The Bookbinder. After a sell-out première season at the New Zealand Festival in March, The Devil’s Half-Acre comes home to where it all took place. This new work, with live music, is early Dunedin’s story.

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Guy Masterson – International Master of Solo Performance
Saturday, 8 October | 8pm

Under Milk Wood

Made famous by Richard Burton’s legendary recording in 1954, Guy Masterson (Burton’s nephew) brings Under Milk Wood to vivid life on stage.

Celebrating a day in the life of ‘Llareggub’ – a small seatown somewhere in Wales – all 69 inhabitants in Dylan Thomas’ timeless masterpiece are hilariously recreated in an amazing feat of memory and virtuosity.

This astonishing solo performance, premièred in 1994, has played more than 2000 times all over the world, enchanting audiences wherever it’s been staged. For one performance only, Under Milk Wood is a stellar Festival offering.

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Guy Masterson – International Master of Solo Performance
Sunday, 9 October | 2pm


As one of only two Jewish male characters in the whole of Shakespeare, Shylock (Merchant of Venice) has always divided opinion. Is he a villain or a victim?

This award winning, poignant, powerful yet humorous performance brings us Shylock afresh in one of the most globally successful solo shows of the last decade.

Guy Masterson demonstrates his brilliance in a performance that celebrates the beauty of language, the power of history and the magic of theatre.

Shylock, for one performance only, delivers everything you want from theatre: an informative and thought provoking story, a solid whack of comedic entertainment and a stunning display of talent.

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30 September – 22 October (as part of the Festival Saturday, 1 Oct 6:30pm; Sunday, 2 Oct 4pm; Tues 4 Oct – Sat 8 Oct 6:30pm; Sun 9 Oct 4pm)

Krapp's Last Tape

“Just been listening to that stupid bastard I took myself for thirty years ago…”

So begins the last recording of Krapp, a white faced, purple nosed old man with an amazing shock of grey hair. Samuel Beckett’s love of vaudeville clowns and silent movie comics is brilliantly realised in this magical work.

Krapp’s Last Tape was a favourite of Beckett, one of the Twentieth Century’s most influential writers. The premise is simple. Each year on the eve of his birthday, Krapp makes a recording in an attempt to archive his life. Today he listens to his 39-year-old self and things begin to shift.

The Murray Hutchinson Studio will be transformed into Krapp’s den during a late evening in a mysterious future. A world filled with life’s detritus, reels of tape, shifting memories and a seemingly endless supply of bananas.

Featuring Simon O’Connor.

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