When Sun & Moon Collide

By Briar Grace-Smith

20 JUN - 6 JUL 2017 — Drama



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


Approximately 80 minutes without an interval





NEW ZEALAND. A small, rural settlement in the middle of nowhere is in turmoil. Somebody knows what happened to two Danish backpackers who disappeared a year ago on a local walking track. Is it Isaac, who runs the local tearooms? Or is it his only customer, the anorexic Francie? Perhaps it's Declan, recently released from prison for a crime he didn't commit? Or maybe the local cop Travis is not saying all she knows? Secrets, mysteries and mythology pull all of the characters into an ever-tightening web, until Mutuwhenua, the Night of the Dead Moon, comes round again and, in an explosive and destructive untangling, the identity of the murderer is revealed.

Arts Laureate Briar Grace-Smith is one of our most respected playwrights and her works have been staged at festivals throughout the world. In When Sun and Moon Collide, she explores how identity, isolation and abandonment shape our life experience and fuel our darkest fears. Recently returned from the Globe to Globe tour of Hamlet to every country on Earth, distinguished director Rawiri Paratene assumes the helm for this Matariki offering.



Preview - 2 Reserves $30 - $57

Premiere - 2 Reserves $30 - $64

Standard - 2 Reserves $30 - $64

Special Events.

Backstage Story

Tuesday 6 June 6:30pm | Auckland Theatre Company studios, Balmoral

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Sunday 2 July 2:45pm | Villa Maria Gallery, Level 3 ASB Waterfront Theatre

$15 - includes a glass of wine, a tea or coffee, a selection of cafe treats, and a talk from a theatre expert. For this Eat/Talk/Play, ATC Artistic Director Colin McColl will be in conversation with When Sun & Moon Collide Director, Rawiri Paratene. They will discuss Māori theatre and the show When Sun & Moon Collide.

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The stellar performances by all four actors make for a powerful combination, making When Sun & Moon Collide well worth venturing out on a winter’s night.
Marty Duda - The 13th Floor
It is satisfying to watch the jigsaw puzzle of this community clang together as they uncover uncomfortable truths about themselves and people they thought were dear. Whenever I find myself clasping my glass too tightly another witty line is delivered, keeping things light and humorous.
Nikau Hindin - Theatreview
There’s such a tingling mystery in that image that no matter how many times I read it, I get goosebumps. The production picks up the image and has Francie pounding up and down behind the silk flats – a running figure in shadow, trapped in a rhythm. It gave me goosebumps again.
Kate Prior - The Pantograph Punch
There is an eerie, dream-like quality to ATC's finely crafted revival of When Sun & Moon Collide that situates the play within a tradition that might be called Kiwi Gothic.
Paul Simei-Barton - NZ Herald