Darien Takle


Graduate of Toi Whakaari, and Elam School of Fine Arts, Darien has been an actress, singer and writer for over 40 years and a grandmother for 11. With three grandchildren Darien has plenty of material for this, her seventh Roger Hall play. Darien’s last production for Auckland Theatre Company was Lysistrata. It was a highlight of her career working again with Michael Hurst and gaily flinging her clothes in the air. In this production Darien will keep her clothes on but is delighted to still have Peter playing her husband as he did in Lysistrata. Darien has played the lead in many productions notably Edith Piaf in Piaf, Fantine in Les Miserables (Australia), Eva Peron in Evita, Sally Boles in Cabaret, the Witch in Into The Woods, and Darien Takle Sings Brecht. Theatre roles include Jean in Midnight in Moscow, Rita in Educating Rita, Ophelia in Hamlet and the Mother in The God Boy (for ATC). Darien received an AFTA screen award for best actress in the Feature film Xmas. Other films include The Lost Tribe, The Ugly, Deceit, A Song of Good, Bread and Roses and Heavenly Creature. Television credits includes Both Sides of the Fence, Marlin Bay, Mercy Peak, Burying Brian, Typhon’s People, Xena Warrior Princess (playing Xena’s Mum), the Australian series Possession and recently the Hillary series. “Long may Roger write for actors of a certain age. We love him for that. Perhaps when I have been in more than 10 Roger Halls I will be inducted into the Roger Hall of Fame.”