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‘Nick: An Accidental Hero’

True story, triumphant performance – ‘Nick: An Accidental Hero’

Tickets go on sale on Monday for this incredible play, for one night only at Luggate Hall Friday 18 July.

‘Locked in syndrome’ - Nick Chisholm, successful architect, star rugby player, fearless mountain bike rider and all round wild guy is struck down with a devastating stroke at the age of 27. Nick’s recovery takes 12 years of fierce determination, helped by the love of family, support of medical professionals, and the antics of friends. And the unthinkable – finding love on the internet!

Award winning comedic actress and creator Renee Lyons (TV ‘s ‘Super City’, 'Jono and Ben’) conveys this true story with incredible skill, taking on the personalities of multiple characters - hospital staff, family, friends, a Korean cleaner, Nicola, his newly found girlfriend - and Nick, the ‘accidental hero’, whose recovery has baffled the medical profession world-wide.

Written by Renee in a devising process directed by Abigail Greenwood, ‘Nick: An Accidental Hero’ was chosen by the Edinburgh Festival for performance at the prestigious Assembly Theatre, receiving a 5 star review and described as a ‘hot show’ (one not to be missed) by the Scotsman newspaper.

It also won Renee the ‘Accolade for Outstanding Performance’ and nomination for ‘Outstanding New Playwright of the Year’ in the 2013 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards and is currently being prepared for broadcast by Radio NZ. Later in the year, Renee will take ‘Nick: An Accidental Hero’ to the very popular Melbourne ‘Fringe Hub’.

The subject is serious, but there are moments of riotous comedy in this celebratory show, presented by the Festival of Colour for one performance at Luggate Hall on Friday 18th July. Tickets go on sale on Monday at

"Transportative, uncategorizable, original, uplifting, brave." - Stephen Austin (Theatreview)

"Renee Lyons' performance has a compelling emotional honesty...the play deftly avoids any sense of sentimentality and presents an inspiring tribute to the way ordinary people rise to challenges posed by extraordinary hardship." Paul Simei-Barton (The New Zealand Herald)


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