December 1998. Dunedin, New Zealand. High summer in a town where there is not a lot to do. Restless and inspired by reading Karl Marx, Anya and her friends set out on a night of vigilante poetic justice in an attempt to liberate Dunedin from its toxic masculinity.
Devastatingly for these young idealists, their attempt doesn’t quite go to plan. Told through a series of tragi-comic reflections of the time and ten years later, My Best Dead Friend is a hilarious tale about death, friendship, revolution, unfulfilled love… and a possum.
Part stage-play and part stand-up, My Best Dead Friend has been created by New Zealand theatre-makers Isobel MacKinnon and Anya Tate-Manning – who is also the star of the show. The show features a deeply nostalgic soundtrack with songs from The Verlaines to the Backstreet Boys, and the words of poets Hone Tuwhare, James K. Baxter and Rewi Maniapoto.
A hit around the world with acclaimed seasons in New Zealand, Melbourne, Perth and Edinburgh, My Best Dead Friend is a joyful and vibrant coming of age story all about friendship.
“Extraordinary joys and sorrows, extraordinary rebellions and submissions.” – The West Australian
My Best Dead Friend
Lennox Theatre – Riverside Theatres, corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Season: 11 – 12 October 2019
Information and Bookings: www.riversideparramatta.com.au
Image: My Best Dead Friend (supplied)