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Mum's Choir EXTENDED!

Picture by Victoria Birkinshaw

Mum's Choir EXTENDED!
By Alison Quigan
Directed by Catherine Downes
Musical Direction by Laughton Pattrick

EXTENDED 29 April - 6 May
Mon- Thurs 6.30pm, Fri/Sat 8.00pm
Downstage Theatre
Bookings: 04 801 6946 or online at

Downstage Theatre invites you to a beautiful celebration of life, laughter, music and love.

Due to popular demand Mum's Choir has been extended for one more week. So if you haven't seen this moving and funny theatrical experience yet - GET IN QUICK!

'A play full or warmth and honesty, typically kiwi.' 'It's hard to imagine a more suitable cast than the one new Downstage Director Cathy Downes has assembled for her Wellington directorial debut to fulfil the demands of this play. Not only are they all consummate actors, but are all exceptional musicians. Each actor gives an exceptional performance. Confident and committed, they work extremely well as a team and live each moment as if it's their own, making the play believable and entertaining.' - The Dominion Post.

'Mum's Choir is a crowd pleaser on several levels: most of us have lost someone we love dearly and wish we'd appreciated them more in life; many people like a good knees-up tune; and theatre goers enjoy a production that's performed with panache and packed with humour. All performers are brilliant and a pleasure to watch under Cathy Downes' assured direction. You won't forget the polyester-dress-clad girls singing Mr In-between in a hurry.' - Capital Times

Mum's Choir is a musical comedy that will have you laughing, weeping, identifying and singing along with the boisterous O'Reilly clan as they celebrate the life of their beloved matriarch who has passed away. She leaves her five grown children with the daunting task of her dying wish - that they all to pull together to sing Faure's Requiem at her funeral.

Amidst sibling rivalry, Yorkshire pudding catastrophes, reminiscing with classic hit songs, clearing out the liquor cabinet and dealing with Aunty Nola, will the family manage to pull themselves together in only three days to see their mother's last wish fulfilled?

Defining Mum's Choir defies me", says director Cathy Downes. "It's a drama, and a musical - and it has surreal elements - perhaps it's a magic-realism-musical? It's a quintessentially New Zealand story and it's a pleasure and a privilege to direct this fantastic event."


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