2018 Fortune Theatre Season

Here it is – the 2018 Fortune Season!

This is a season of storytelling and of collaboration. Stories from near and far, and from all walks of life. Stories to make you laugh, some to make you think, and even a few that will make you shed a tear. Here at Fortune we believe that everybody has a story, and we should have a story for everybody. In 2018, we are telling them all; from mad-cap British farce to new works that reflect our New Zealand – and all sorts in between!

We’re thrilled to be presenting three new works by Dunedin writers in our Family Season, a festival of women’s work, and the return of the Fortune Company in the purpose-built pop up Fortune Playhouse – all as we celebrate 40 years in our Stuart Street location by exploring new ways to experience our heritage building.

So go on, click through the pages below and find some stories for you.


Three easy ways to purchase tickets:

Phone: 03 477 8323

Box Office: Fortune Theatre, 231 Stuart Street, Dunedin
Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 5pm

Online: 24/7







What Else is On

Toxic Mas

Toxic Mas is a one-man show that talks about toxic masculinity, his father’s death and the one moment that changed his life forever. Cameron McLeod has been performing stand-up all over the country since 2014. Now comes his brand new show covering what it means to be a man, our relationships with each other, and […]


Nasty Women

Winner: Best Show at the 2017 GoMedia Comedy Carnival. After consistently selling out in Christchurch and Wellington, Nasty Women* is coming to Dunedin! Featuring a lineup of the best comedians of Dunedin Fringe, Nasty Women* is a hilarious stand up show that promises to make you laugh, whether you’re nice, nasty, or a little bit […]


Mildy Wild

Exploring the inner mind of an anxious introvert, James Mustapic (Shorty Street Scandal, Repressed Memories) is looking for the wild and dangerous side hidden deep in his personality. Putting aside his shy and timid temperament to become the confident and exhilarant performer he’s always wanted to be, James is determined to set his wild side […]


Macbeth Without the Shakespeare Bollocks

Bruce’s comic observations probe deep into medieval Scotland. Shakespeare shamefully misrepresented a man who, in his time, was a popular Scottish king. His death, at the hands of Malcolm, led to Anglicisation of Scotland… and eventually ‘the English play.’ If you want to know the truth about Scotland’s last great Celtic king and hear some […]


Jamie Bowen It Happened Then, Now

Jamie witnessed an event. A moment in time. A child, eating a sandwich. This is an exploration of that moment; that happened then, now. His last appearance at the Dunedin Fringe with It Goes On was a huge success, and Jamie is looking forward to returning to the south. ‘[…] a masterful performance by Bowen […]



Hands! is a one woman, and one musician bittersweet comedy about heartbreak and loss, soaked in grimy mini moog and swirly synth goodness. It is part theatre, part low-fi gig, part dance show, part ode to Kate Bush, and it is full of heart. Pip Smith is a performer and maker based in Hamilton. She […]


From Sex to Soccer

From Sex to Soccer – Exercise, Sport and Me and everything else in between In a country where the leading headline is ‘Did the Prime Minister jinx the All Blacks?’ (after a sports loss); Rochelle Savage performs her comic one person play looking at the last socially acceptable obsession – sports and exercise. Rochelle has […]


Frickin Dangerous Bro – Bringing the Heat

NZ’s brownest, funniest, and cockiest comedy trio are hitting Dunedin with a sketch comedy mixtape. Separately, Jamaine Ross, James Roque, and Pax Assadi are great stand-up comedians. But together, they’re New Zealand’s most racially diverse live sketch comedy trio, Frickin Dangerous Bro. Combining their well-crafted writing and trademark unpredictability, they plan on setting Dunedin alight […]


Eli Matthewson – An Inconvenient Poof

It’s been 10 years since Eli became Head Environment Prefect at high school, and he still hasn’t managed to save the world yet. Can this short gay rescue the planet with one hour of comedy? Probably not, but come along for the ride anyway! The latest hour of comedy from multi-award winning stand-up Eli Matthewson. […]


Camp Binch

Chris Parker’s Camp Binch is going to be all blokes, brews and banter (Gays, Fanta and deeply personal yet hilarious anecdotes about trying to fit into NZ’s narrow conception of “masculinity”) It’s kiwi as bro! Off the back of sell-out seasons of his NZ International Comedy Festival shows, and performing all around the country in […]


Dead Dads Club

Navigate the minefield of grief with award-winning comedian and long-time Dead Dads Club member, Sarah Harpur. Having a dead dad isn’t all bad, there are pros as well as cons. Con: Dead dad, Pro: I don’t have to be quiet during the rugby. Have you got a dead dad? Join the club! Or- is your […]


Charmian Hughes – Bra Trek!

All the way from London, British Comedian Charmian returns to the Fortune Theatre with a brand-new show. Last year Charmian visited New Zealand for the first time with 2017 Dunedin fringe hit ‘Charmian Hughes-Soixante Mirth’. She is Thrilled to be back! This time she invites you on a comedy quest that will boldly go, climb […]


Boy Braille

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to read with your fingers? Boy Braille is a one woman show that tells the story of the little French garçon (boy) who, after an accident in his father’s workshop, goes on to invent the reading and writing system used by aveugle (blind people) all around […]


Dai Henwood’s Rocks or Daimonds

Dai Henwood finally brings an hour of stand up to Dunedin! You’ve seen him on 7Days, Family Feud and The Project; plus his DVD’s, podcasts and general internet nonsense, now you can see him live. Having been performing comedy since blimmin’ ages, Dai has now become a fixture of the New Zealand comedy furniture. He’s […]



Hello everyone its your aunty here family bbq will be at mine this year. Bring a plate but im on a diet so please be considerate. Byo booze and durries no scabs this year thank you. Winner of Best Comedy Auckland Fringe 2017 and sold-out in Auckland and Wellington AUNTY is back, and more outrageous […]


Ladylike: A Modern Guide to Etiquette

From the art of passive aggressive Facebook comments to the science of making champagne with a goon bag and a SodaStream, join comedian Louise Beuvink for a masterclass in etiquette and housewifery for the modern age. After completely selling out at the NZ International Comedy Festival, Dunedin’s prodigal daughter of comedy is touring NZ with […]


Fortune Theatre is a registered charity operating thanks to the generous support of national and local funding agencies, community trusts and by our patrons, corporate supporters and private donors.


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