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Adagio Returns to Downstage for the Holidays

In 2008 Adagio took circus to a sophisticated new level with a bold mix of physical theatre, live jazz and comedy. Audiences were enthralled and reviewer comments included:

“Adagio offers a beautifully crafted hour of existential physical theatre.”
John Smythe,

“What a circus, what a show. Go see!”
Laurie Atkinson, the Dominion Post

Epic and intimate, thrilling and thoughtful, bold and original, Adagio is back at Downstage this December with a new Christmas adaptation of the show with new acts, new artists, new music and the festive spirit.

Director Deborah Pope: “An Adagio Xmas is a gift for the whole family. It is about to burst off the stage with live music and new acts . It’s wickedly funny, beautifully sad and as special as Xmas can be.“ Deborah Pope continues: “Adapting it for Christmas has got us all into a festive spirit and we can’t wait to share it with you. It’s not all carols and candle light – there are moments of irreverence and audiences will laugh as they recognise familiar Christmas scenarios.”

Explore the crazy, funny and isolated worlds of seven characters and the beautiful, scary and spectacular moments when they break free and connect with each other. A story of mischief and camaraderie with jaw dropping acrobatics, stylish physical theatre and side splitting comedy, set to live jazz performed by Rosie Langabeer and Jeff Henderson, including music by Jonathan Crayford

An Adagio Christmas is a great family show with all ages appeal, Downstage and Awkward Productions have gifted the entire opening night to 160 children in the care of Child, Youth and Family.

“The community has demonstrated its support of Downstage this year, so we want to do something in return.” says Hilary Beaton, CEO of Downstage. “We were wondering who we could approach when we realised - who better than those young people who can’t be with their families at Christmas.” said Ms Beaton.

“Our kids have fewer opportunities than most to experience a spectacle such as this. Child, Youth and Family is overwhelmed by the generosity of Downstage in devoting opening night to our people,” said Jo Field, Central Regional Director for Child, Youth and Family. “It’s important for all kids to have a wide variety of experiences. Going to the play and meeting the actors will give these children a memory that they will cherish long after the curtain falls,” said Ms Field.

An Adagio Christmas

Dates: 4-20 DEC

Times: 6:30pm Tue-Wed and 8pm Thu-Sat. Plus late Night – Wed 9pm

Prices: $25 to $45. Meet the Artists: Tue 8 DEC

Matinee: Sat 12 & 19 DEC @ 2pm, Sun 20 DEC @ 4pm

Mason West, Rowan Heydon-White, Angela Green, Jenny McArthur, Rosie Langabeer, Asalemo Tofete, Jeff Henderson

Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (04) 801 6946 or in person at Downstage’s box office. For up-to-date information visit Downstage is proudly sponsored by BNZ.


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