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Circa Theatre Presents World Premiere of ‘Caging Skies’

Written by Desiree Gezentsvey, based on the novel by Christine Leunens

Directed by Andrew Foster

Music & Sound Design by Jeremy Cullen


Tim Earle - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time)

Comfrey Sander s- (Don Juan)

Claire Waldron - (King Lear)

Donna Akersten - \ (Last Legs)


Johannes, a zealous member of the Vienna Hitler Youth, discovers a fateful secret – his family is hiding a young Jewish woman, Elsa, in their home. Her life in his hands, Johannes and Elsa embark on a gripping journey of obsession and love that blurs the lines between the captive and the free, the victorious and the defeated, as the horrors of the war unfold around them and each must find a way to survive.

From award-winning writer Desiree Gezentsvey (Nuclear Family) and visionary director Andrew Foster (Red) comes this hauntingly powerful story that lays bare the darkest corners of the human soul. What happens when children innocently embrace an ideological lie, when parents become afraid of their own children, when the lie takes on a life of its own?

He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” – Adolf Hitler

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” – Adolf Hitler

Based on Christine Leunens’ novel of the same title, nominated for the Prix Medicis and the Prix FNAC 2007, Caging Skies is a must-see psychological drama that examines truth and lies at both political and personal levels, a play of universal relevance and consequence, not only as an echo of past events that shook humankind to its core, but as a confronting reflection of what is currently happening around us.

…gripping… has haunted me ever since I finished reading it.” New Zealand Books

…beautiful… powerful… surprising and captivating… cannot be forgotten.” Jean Soublin, Le Monde


Circa Two - 12 August – 9 September (preview 11 August)

Performance Times: Tuesday to Saturday -7.30pm / Sunday Matinees 4.30pm

Tickets: $25-$52 / Circa Friends $38 / Group discounts

Bookings 1 Taranaki St / Wellington / 04 801 7992 /


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