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NZSL-interpreted Things That Matter



Sat 26 Aug 2023, 08:00 pm - 10:00pm


ASB Waterfront Theatre
138 Halsey Street, Wynyard Quarter


NZSL Interpreted, Arts Culture, Theatre, Performing Arts


Wheelchair Access, Accessible Toilets, Mobility Parking


$20 tickets for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons. One companion ticket per theatre-goer is also available for $20.

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An NZSL-interpreted performance of Things That Matter will take place on Saturday 26 August at 8pm at ASB Waterfront Theatre. To book $20 access and companion tickets, email or call 0800 282 849.

A tender and articulate account of the compassion and change needed in New Zealand’s health system.

Today, Middlemore Hospital is full, at 107% capacity. Babies are being moved to other hospitals; patients are being treated in corridors. In Emergency, there are already 50 people waiting for beds. Doctors are pulling double shifts, there are nursing shortages and the Gingernuts are being rationed.

Raf Beckman is on the frontline. An intensive care specialist in Aotearoa’s busiest hospital, he’s juggling a bureaucracy determined to exercise efficiencies, a political system wanting to point-score, and a mum with eroding health. Yes, it’s the perfect through-line to burn-out, but he’s doing what he can to keep his head above water, grabbing for realistic optimism.

Adapted from Dr David Galler’s best-selling memoir, Things That Matter is a love letter to resilience, to our healthcare system, its patients and the essential workers, who treat every life as valuable. Galler’s life as a doctor is artfully contrasted with tender stories about his Polish-Jewish family. Award-winning playwright Gary Henderson and director Anapela Polata’ivao have joined forces for this compassionate, insightful and vividly theatrical new work. It’s a perfect Venn diagram of the emotional, the spiritual, the moral and the physical.


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