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




Playing in repertoire with Joan

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

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, to the damage he inflicted on his wife and children. It’s a drunken rollicking yarn told with pain, humour and astonishing humility.

Satirical cartoonist Tom Scott’s wonderfully inventive play was a runaway success when it toured Australasia in 2004. Trading the political for the personal, Scott has drawn on the life of his own father, a man he never really knew, to create a fiercely funny and moving portrait of a deeply flawed yet charismatic bloke.

Performed with bravado and bravura by one of New Zealand’s most renowned actors, Michael Hurst, The Daylight Atheist probes at the broken heart of a family and reanimates it with comedy, pathos and charm. An unmissable Kiwi classic.

Dates &

Thu 7 Feb 8:00 PM Preview

Sat 9 Feb 8:00 PM Opening Night

Sun 10 Feb 4:00 PM

Wed 13 Feb 7:00 PM

Fri 15 Feb 8:00 PM

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

Tue 19 Feb 7:00 PM

Thu 21 Feb 8:00 PM

Sat 23 Feb 8:00 PM


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