Things That Matter

by Gary Henderson, adapted from the memoir by Dr David Galler

17 AUG - 29 AUG 2021 — Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


1 hour 40 mins, no interval



For more than 30 years, Dr David Galler has worked on the frontlines of New Zealand’s health system at Middlemore Hospital and in its highest reaches as an advisor to the Ministry of Health. His 2017 memoir, Things That Matter: Stories of life & death, shines a powerful light on the extraordinary patients he met and the struggles our society faces in caring for them.

Now, New Zealand playwright Gary Henderson brings Galler’s best-seller to the stage, expertly weaving stories of his life and of his Jewish Polish immigrant parents, who survived the Holocaust. With dramatised incidents to immerse us in an insider’s realities of intensive care, Things That Matter explores the most challenging decisions that doctors, families and society face.

At a time when matters of life and death consume the headlines and our thoughts, Auckland Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere of the compassionate, illuminating Things That Matter.

Things That Matter was commissioned and developed by ATC


Anapela Polata'ivao

Dates &

Tue 17 Aug 7:00 PM Preview

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Wed 18 Aug 7:00 PM Preview

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Thu 19 Aug 8:00 PM Opening Night

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Fri 20 Aug 8:00 PM

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Sat 21 Aug 2:00 PM

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Sat 21 Aug 8:00 PM

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Sun 22 Aug 4:00 PM EAT/TALK/PLAY

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Tue 24 Aug 7:00 PM

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Wed 25 Aug 7:00 PM

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Thu 26 Aug 8:00 PM

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Fri 27 Aug 8:00 PM

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Sat 28 Aug 2:00 PM NZSL Interpreted

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Sat 28 Aug 8:00 PM

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Sun 29 Aug 4:00 PM Audio Described & Touch Tour

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Monday, 2 August, 6:30pm



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Listen to a special guest speaker discuss a deeper aspect of the play while enjoying a glass of wine and afternoon tea in the picturesque Villa Maria Gallery at ASB Waterfront Theatre.

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Sunday, 22 August, 2:45pm