Devastating stuff, deftly done…Colley is a theatre maker of remarkable imagination and insight
– The Stage

A moving and darkly comic interpretation of Shakespeare’s play told from the point of view of Joy, a person with dementia, who is living in an old memory of rehearsing King Lear.

Joy’s delicately maintained reality is upended by the arrival of her estranged son who, cast as Cordelia, must find a way to speak his mind from within the role he’s given.

Critically acclaimed Irish theatre maker Dan Colley’s visually stunning production uses puppetry, projection and live video to create the multiple layers of Joy’s world as past and present, fiction and reality, overlap and distort.

Lost Lear is a thought-provoking meditation on theatre, artifice and how to communicate across the chasms that divide us.

With a swathe of five-star reviews and award nominations, this is your opportunity to catch this “brilliantly conceived and executed” (Irish Examiner) show right here in Wellington.

This work contains strong language and adult themes.

There is a post-show talk on Friday 15 March.

Please note, unfortunately the NZSL interpreted session has been cancelled. You can view the full programme of NZSL interpreted events here.


Koia tēnei ko Lost Lear.

He tōwaitanga uriuri, hātakēhi anō hoki o te whakaari a Wiremu Rurutāo, e ai ki tā Joy i kite ai, he tangata mate wareware. E hoki ana ōna mahara ki ngā parakitihi mō te whakaari o King Lear, nā wai i pērā, ka Lost Lear kē.

He mea waihanga te whakaari nei e te kaitito whakaari rongonui o Airihi, a Dan Colley. Ka whakamahia ngā keretao, ngā hopunga ataata, me te kiriata mataora, e kitea ai te ao o Joy, tana anamata, tana ōnamata, te tūturu, me te paki.


Co-produced by Mermaid Arts Centre and Riverbank Arts Centre.

Artist Credits

Dan Colley - Director

Suzie Cummins (she/her) - Lighting Designer/Cheif LX

Evie Mc Guinness (she/her) - Stage Manager

Eoin Kilkenny - Production Manager

Manus Halligan (he/him) - Actor

Sarah Purcell - ASM

Laura Rainsford - Chief AV

Venetia Bowe - Actor

Peter Daly - Actor

Em Ormonde - Actor

Clodagh O Farrell - Actor

Kevin Gleeson - Sound Engineer


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Post-show talk, Friday 15 March.

Show duration 1 hr 20 mins. No interval

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