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Wednesday to Come

23 Jul 2022 to 20 Aug 2022
23 July - 20 August with shows in the evenings
Four women. Four generations. One whānau. A poignant new version of a national theatre classic, retold through the lens of a Māori Pākeha whānau.
Event type: 
$15 - $55
Circa Theatre
1 Taranaki Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Wairarapa, Wellington


“Hard times back there – hard times here. Nothing’s changed… nothing’s changed…”

As the 1930s Depression threatens to tear New Zealand’s working class apart, four generations of a single family must confront a personal crisis when the husband and father dies in a relief camp.

Erina Daniels directs a poignant new version of a national theatre classic. Wednesday to Come was described as ‘a major triumph’ by The Dominion when it premiered in 1984 and has been studied and performed across the country ever since. Jane Waddell, who originated the role of Iris and played Mary in 2005, will visit the play again – this time, as Granna. For the first time in its history, Wednesday to Come will be told through the lens of a Māori Pākehā whānau.

Underlined with a rich vein of earthy humour, Wednesday to Come is a powerful statement and passionate celebration of the contribution women have made to the evolution of Aotearoa.

‘Wednesday to Come joins the front rank of New Zealand plays and establishes Renée as one of our finest playwrights’ — NZ Times

  • Relaxed Performance – Tues 2nd August
  • Audio Described Performance – Sun 7th August
  • NZSL Interpreted Performance – Sat 13th August

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5 Jul 2022