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

The Daylight Atheist

By Tom Scott

7 FEB - 23 FEB 2019 — Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre



Contains strong language

Playing in repertoire with Joan

An instant hit when it premiered in 2002, The Daylight Atheist by award-winning satirical cartoonist Tom Scott, stars Michael Hurst in a not-to-be-missed repertoire experience.

Ageing Irish raconteur Danny Moffat retreats from the harsh light of the world to his bedroom. There, under hoardings of old newspapers and beer bottles, he sorts through a lifetime of memories and regrets, from growing up as a boy in Ireland, to the hopes and disappointments of immigration to New Zealand.

Tom Scott’s wonderfully inventive and fiercely funny play is a stirring portrait of his father, a deeply flawed yet charismatic bloke.

“Has its audience roaring with laughter ” - The Age, Melbourne


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

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience both sides of one story.

Award-winning satirical cartoonist Tom Scott, co-writer of Footrot Flats, wrote Joan about his Ma, an essential companion piece to The Daylight Atheist about his Da. See both plays in this unique season as The Daylight Atheist and Joan play in repertoire for the very first time.

Dates &

Thu 7 Feb 8:00 PM Preview

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Sat 9 Feb 8:00 PM Opening Night

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Sun 10 Feb 4:00 PM

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Wed 13 Feb 7:00 PM

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Fri 15 Feb 8:00 PM

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Sat 16 Feb 2:00 PM Matinee - EAT/TALK/PLAY

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Tue 19 Feb 7:00 PM

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Thu 21 Feb 8:00 PM

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Sat 23 Feb 8:00 PM

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Special Events


Enhance your repertoire experience with a talk from the playwright, the ever exuberant and entertaining Ton Scott. Along with the talk, enjoy a selection of refreshments and nibbles.

Make it an enriching day out at the theatre by adding on a ticket to EAT/TALK/PLAY for just $15.

Sat 16 Feb, 4:30 p.m.


Backstage Story

Surprise yourself and find out what's happening in the rehearsal room at these fascinating behind-the-scenes talks with The Daylight Atheist and Joan directors, designers and cast. Learn everything you need to know about the show before you go!

Tues 29 Jan, 6:30 p.m.

FREE - ATC Studios, 487 Dominion Rd, Balmoral (Carpark & entry off Brixton Road)


Book: Drawn Out by Tom Scott

Drawn Out is a hilarious, heartbreaking, heartwarming account of Tom Scott's tragicomic childhood, his manic student-newspaper days, his turbulent years stumbling through the corridors of power, his fallings out with prime ministers, his collaborations with comic legends John Clarke, A. K. Grant and Murray Ball, his travels to the ends of the earth with his close friend Ed Hillary, and more...


Dinner Package

For all you culture vultures out there – why not see both shows in one day and get the full theatre experience with our dining package!

On Saturday 16 February, The Daylight Atheist will play at 2pm and Joan at 8pm. In between the shows, enjoy dinner at the ASB Waterfront Theatre’s Halsey St Kitchen. Dinner includes either an entrée and main or a main and dessert. A pre-booked theatre car park for the day is also included.

Package includes: 1 ticket to The Daylight Atheist, 2pm, 1 ticket to Joan, 8pm, Dinner at Halsey St Kitchen and a car park for the day.

Package for adults is $175 and for seniors $165. Book by calling 0800 ATC TIX or email us at