Tom Scott's Ma & Da season presented by Giltrap Audi


By Tom Scott

8 FEB - 23 FEB 2019 — Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre




Playing in repertoire with The Daylight Atheist

"A modern NZ classic" - Theatreview

Meet Joan: a tough, indomitable woman who’ll make you laugh and cry in equal measure. From humble beginnings in Ireland, to a new home in New Zealand with a brood of children, to factory work and homemaking in rural Feilding, her optimism for a simple life never wavered. But it was not all bread and roses for Joan, and looking back on her youth as an old woman many decades later, she experienced her fair share of hardships, too.

Tom Scott's second play, an essential companion piece to The Daylight Atheist, is a poignant and enthralling love letter to a mother from an ungrateful son. It’s also a sublime ode to motherhood: a compassionate yet unflinching portrayal of an extraordinary everywoman, whose guts and gusto echo the resilience of mums then and now.

Be swept along by the powerhouse Ginette McDonald, the comedic genius behind Lynn of Tawa, and her daughter Kate McGill, as old and young Joan respectively, in this play for the ages – a history of New Zealand and of one wonderful, wickedly funny woman whose delightful spirit will stay with you forever.

Dates &

Fri 8 Feb 8:00 PM Preview

Sat 9 Feb 2:00 PM Matinee

Tue 12 Feb 7:00 PM

Thu 14 Feb 8:00 PM

Sat 16 Feb 8:00 PM EAT/PLAY/PLAY

Sun 17 Feb 4:00 PM

Wed 20 Feb 7:00 PM

Fri 22 Feb 8:00 PM

Sat 23 Feb 2:00 PM Matinee


Tickets to Joan are only available if you become a subscriber. Individual tickets will be available to book from 10 January 2019.

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