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An Unfortunate Woman

Nicola Gunn / company c NaNa presents

An Unfortunate Woman


An absurd and gothic mystery – love story – quest about an overweight middle-aged man in a one-woman tour-de-force. Following a sell-out international tour and direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Nicola Gunn’s gallery of elegantly twisted characters irrevocably intertwine when Stanley Trundle misplaces a file at the Registry of Births and Deaths.

An Unfortunate Woman is the third collaboration between US director Mark Chavez and Australian writer/performer Nicola Gunn. Together they have forged a reputation in Canada, the US and Australia for presenting a unique style of solo theatre with humour, tenderness and imagination.

The lives of three characters intertwine in tiny scenes pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. Stanley Trundle is a clerk at the registry of Births and Deaths, Death Division who dreams of a South American sojourn. Dr Hubert Dubois is a psychiatrist disturbed by dark visions from his childhood and whose patient – his philandering wife – tells tales of a lover’s tryst with the gardener. Clara is a fragile trilling woman planning a party for her eerily absent husband, Henry. An invitation to a party and a misplaced file at the Registry sets a series of events in motion, resulting in a thrilling climax.

In a tale of delusion, infidelity and social outcasts, Nicola Gunn is An Unfortunate Woman (and everybody else) in a performance of physical luminosity as wicked as it is absurd.

“***** No one does what Gunn does. The show is mesmerizing”
- Edmonton Journal 2005
“***** Breathtaking... The only problem is that you won't be able to get tickets to go twice”
- NOW Toronto 2005
“***** The audience was blown away”
- Montreal Gazette 2005

Venue: Bats Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington
Dates: Tue 23 – Sat 27 May 2006, 6.30pm
Tickets: Full $18 / Conc. $14
Bookings: (04) 802 4175 or book@bats.co.nz

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