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NZSL interpreted performance of The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil



Sat 14 Mar 2020, 04:00 pm


Sat 14 Mar 2020, 06:00 pm


Shed 6
4 Queens Wharf


Arts Culture, Theatre, Comedy, Festivals


Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Mobility parking



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New Zealand Festival of the Arts

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A ‘work in progress’ showing of a new musical based on the short novel by George Saunders is “a unique blend of hilarity, horror and sci-fi” 

Welcome to Outer Horner, home of Phil: an angry and bitter nobody with a bad attitude. When neighbouring Inner Horner suddenly shrinks, forcing its people to come over the border, it is Phil who steps in to take control. This is the tragic and very funny story of the brief and frightening reign of Phil. 
Based on a cult story by the same name, this event is in its early stages of development. Now, for the first time, its creators offer up a work in progress showing of their first draft to a live audience. With script in hand, actors, musicians, singers and technicians will test out their new material, changing the show each day in response to the audience and turning the Festival into a living, breathing rehearsal room. 

 Music and lyrics by our very own Bret McKenzie best known for being half of the duo of Flight of the Conchords, this show is set to be hugely funny and a timely satire on nationalism and power. 
Two interpreters, located in plain sight for Deaf audience members will translate the show live. A limited number of seats will be set aside for Deaf audiences. Book now! 


Tickets are: $20 

You can book for this event through the New Zealand Festival website. For assistance booking tickets, more information about companion seats or any other questions, contact our Accessibility Manager, Emma Deakin, on 021 029 21959 or We can assist Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm. During festival 21 Feb - 15 March 2020 we are available 7 days. 

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