Red Speedo

By Lucas Hnath

31 OCT - 15 NOV 2017 — Auckland Theatre Company



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


90 minutes, no interval


Contains strong language

How far would you go to get what you want?

Award-winning playwright, Lucas Hnath, brings you an edge-of-your-seat drama about a family torn apart by ambition, drugs and the taste of superstardom.

Ray is a lean, mean swimming machine. But when performance-enhancing drugs are discovered in the locker room, he is implicated in a scandal that could destroy his dreams and tear his family apart.

"A taut, incisive drama about a swimmer with high Olympic hopes and a waterlogged ethical compass." - The New York Times

Hailed as one of the brightest new voices of his generation, Lucas Hnath dissects the American Dream with a precision and passion not seen since David Mamet. Here, the desperate race for success is won by fractions of a second, and the clock is counting. Through an ever-spiralling series of reversals, betrayals, compromises and threats, tensions escalate to an explosive climax and blood-red confrontation with the truth.

Thrilling, dark and dangerous, Red Speedo transforms one man’s near-naked ambition into a parable for a modern age obsessed with sex, sport and celebrity, where virtue has no value and the only crime is getting caught.

Experience the cutting edge of contemporary theatre. Dive in! Hold your breath!



Preview/Matinee $30 - $57

Premiere $30 - $67

Standard $30 - $72

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Show Programme


This play is a gripping psychological drama for our times. Go and see Red Speedo.
Genevieve McClean, Theatreview
I’m tired of winning. One of the last lines in Lucas Hnath’s Red Speedo is also one of its biggest gut-punches, in a play that hits you right across the face with every misguided thing its protagonist does.
Sam Brooks - Pantograph Punch
NZ Herald
Red Speedo is a modern day psychological thriller that would usually be a good fit for a more intimate theatre, but with Henson’s direction and design from John Parker, this production manages to capture the tension which infects the Waterfront Theatre’s auditorium with ease. To go on further would be to unravel the plot and take away from the suspense, so instead, I recommend you catch it while you still can.
ATC’s #RedSpeedo really made a splash with us tonight. Powerful performances. Snappy dialogue. An intense, memorable night
Women's Day NZ
The audience, like a swimmer on the heels of the winner are absorbed; engagement levels surpass time and we find ourselves suspended; knowledge of the 90 minute time frame is superfluous.

Special Events

Backstage Story

Monday 16 October, 6:30pm | Meet the play’s cast and creative team to find out how they are approaching the show. Presented at ATC Studios, 487 Dominion Road.

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Sunday 12 Nov, 2:45pm (4.00pm show) | Come along and mingle with likeminded theatregoers and gain a deeper understanding of the context of the play at EAT/TALK/PLAY. These events include a seat at our pre-show talk in the Villa Maria Gallery 75 minutes prior to the performance, as well as a show programme and afternoon tea with coffee, tea and a glass of wine. A booking for the event is required. Food and beverage packages are $15.

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The Hamer Street car park is $8, and only a 5 minute walk from the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Spaces are limited.

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