The Kensington Swan season of

Up For Grabs

By David Williamson

11 AUG - 3 SEP 2005 — Drama



Auckland Theatre Company


Maidment Theatre






"There's a moment in every dealer's life where you have to abandon the pretence that deep down you are still a person of integrity."

In a last minute desperate attempt to break into the arts market, young, go-getting art dealer Simone Allen has underwritten an ambitious price of two million dollars for a highly-prized and fashionable New Zealand painting. The clock is ticking: it's Friday, the deadline for the sale is Tuesday.

Fortunes and reputations are on the line. Risking everything she has through the course of a tense private auction, she plays her clients off against each other, manipulating their greed, lust and power as the price of the painting soars. 

With satirical side-swipes at Auckland's art scene, this sassy, sexy comedy of bad manners has pyrotechnic wit and all the tension of a thriller.