Dunedin Arts Festival


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Janet Frame’s beloved landmark novel is brought to life.

Red Leap Theatre is one of the country’s most dynamic performance companies, producing epic visual theatre. Red Leap has taken inspiration from Janet Frame’s rich imagery and poetry to create a multi-disciplinary dreamscape. Their adaption of Owls Do Cry uses live music, song, poetry, dynamic movement, projections, and soundscape to celebrate Frame’s work. This extraordinary tale is transformed into an exciting, devised performance through their signature physical and visual styles, revealing Frame’s still pertinent insights into society.

Award-winning director Malia Johnston (RUSHES, Movement of the Human) was joined by some of Aotearoa’s best creative minds to explore the themes of Frame’s novel, of resilience through struggle and of living life with open hands and hearts. Together they have drawn on the treasures of books and the pleasure of reading to bring this extraordinary piece of New Zealand literature to the stage.

Date: Sunday 18 April
Time: 7:00pm
Duration: 75 minutes no interval


Full: $44 + service fees
Early Bird: $39 + service fees
Under 19: $25 + service fees
Senior: $39 + service fees
Group of 6+: $39 + service fees


The Regent Theatre


House Information


We pride ourselves on being one of the most accessible venues in the city. We have flat access through our main doors and staff are more than happy to help with the doors if needed. Taxis can drop off and pick up patrons from outside these doors and we can order a taxi for you after the show.

There are accessible toilets on the lower level and a roomy lift provides access both to these facilities and to the Stalls seating. Seats in the Circle are accessed via several flights of stairs so we recommend patrons with mobility difficulties book seats in the Stalls.

We have seven dedicated wheelchair spaces and our events are available via an augmented hearing assistance system.

We also have opera glasses available for hire for $5 at the Box Office – just ask when you come in.

We encourage our patrons to discuss their needs with us so we can ensure they enjoy the show.

Bar Service

Our bars have a selection of New Zealand wines and beers as well as juices, water, light snacks and ice creams. The bars will be closed five minutes before the show’s published start time.

Theatre Etiquette

People come to the Regent Theatre to have a great night out. So everyone has a good time, we ask all our patrons to be courteous to those around them.

  • Please turn off all your electronic devices before you come into the auditorium.
  • If you have taken snacks from our bar back to your seat, try not to rustle when the house lights go down.
  • If you are late to a show, get comfortable in our bar area until we can turn the house lights back on so you can find your seat.
  • Camera flashes occasionally make performers stumble – over their lines or their feet – so we prefer that you don’t use flash (or any other) photography.
  • Please keep your feet on the floor – someone counting the beat on the back of your seat can be distracting.
  • Dancing in the aisles sounds like fun but it might make our Circle collapse. If you really need to dance (and it’s the right sort of show), please book seats in the Stalls or make your way out to the foyer.
  • We encourage you to introduce your children to the arts, but please also teach them to watch and listen quietly and peacefully.

17 The Octagon, Dunedin
Otago, New Zealand

PO Box 5036, Dunedin, 9058



Mon-Fri 9am - 5.30pm
Sat 10.30am - 1pm
Box office is also open one hour before shows