Direct from sold-out seasons in New Zealand, the award-winning cabaret Daffodils, a bittersweet love story set to a live indie-rock soundtrack of New Zealand’s greatest hits, will play selected Australian venues throughout May.
Daffodils invites audiences to travel through a landscape of live music and heart-aching theatre in a beautiful love story about Eric (Todd Emerson) and Rose (Colleen Davis), two teenagers who met in a field of daffodils – their first meeting, their marriage and the New Zealand pop-rock soundtrack that shaped their lives.
Based on the true life story of playwright Rochelle Bright’s parents, Daffodils was written from a collection of private letters, interviews and family myths. The production unfolds against a backdrop of archival family footage and fashion photography created by leading image-maker Garth Badger (Lorde, Nike, NZ Fashion Week).
Daffodils will feature world-class indie musicians alongside a live three-piece band playing a collection of Kiwi hits by Crowded House, LIPS, Bic Runga, Chris Knox, The Mint Chicks, Dave Dobbyn, The Exponents, Darcy Clay, The Mutton Birds, Th’Dudes, The Senators, The Swingers and Blam Blam Blam.
Daffodils is the debut show from Bullet Heart Club, an integrated creative company based in New Zealand. After its world premiere in 2014, Daffodils went on to receive rave reviews and multiple awards including an Auckland Theatre Award.
Delivering a heartbreakingly beautiful story alongside an incredible remixing of iconic New Zealand music, Daffodils is a completely unique work that is sure to rock audiences’ indie souls!
“Daffodils is essential viewing. Dark, beautiful and complex, it weaves a personal story into half a century of New Zealand music to create a stunningly cohesive portrait of our nation.” – Pantograph Punch
Director: Dena Kennedy Cast: Colleen Davis, Todd Emerson Band: Stephanie Brown, Fen Ikner, Abraham Kunin Lighting Designer: Jane Hakaraia Sound Engineer: Emily Hakaraia Photography & Film: Garth Badger
Lennox Theatre – Riverside Theatres, Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Dates: 12 – 14 May 2016
Information and bookings: www.riversideparramatta.com.au
Visy Theatre – Brisbane Powerhouse, Lamington Street, New Farm
Dates: 18 – -22 May 2016
Information and bookings: www.brisbanepowerhouse.org
Bruce Gordon Theatre – Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 32 Burelli Street,Wollongong
Dates: 25 – 28 May 2016
Information and bookings: www.merrigong.com.au
Image: Todd Emerson and Colleen Davis feature in Daffodils – photo by Garth Badger