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by Douglas Maxwell
directed by Bryan Johnston
presented by re:Generate Theatre

[1 hr 15 mins, no interval]

at The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 13 Nov 2012 to 17 Nov 2012

The Pumphouse, Takapuna, Auckland
From 5 Mar 2013 to 9 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  James Wenley (Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog); Nik Smythe;

re:Generate Theatre invites you to immerse yourself in the jungle of adolescence. Welcome back into the dog-eat-dog world of high school and hormones.

Meet Paul. Paul faces the typical trials of teenagedom – football matches, biology class, little brothers and the terrifying teenage girl. But Paul also faces more pressing problem – his world is unbalanced, reality altered, as the humans around him become more... animalistic. Stranger still are the changes he sees in himself. Does Paul really turn into animals, or is imagination getting the better of him?

Join re:Generate Theatre as they launch this brand new company with the New Zealand premiere of MANCUB. Bryan Johnston, founder and director, was drawn to MANCUB as its theatre in the purest form - storytelling. Written by critically acclaimed Scottish playwright, Douglas Maxwell, and brought to life by an award-winning cast, MANCUB is sure to be a theatrical delight.

With its unique blend of the magical and the mundane, the universal struggle of growing up, merged with metamorphosis and the wild imagination of childhood, MANCUB promises to be simply unmissable.

“Rich and strongly compelling theatrical power” – Thelma Good, Edinburgh Guide

“The success of the play is in its articulation of a life” – Thom Dibdin, The Stage

“An allegory on the loneliness of adolescence” – Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide

November 13th – 17th at The Basement Studio
7pm start, show is approx 75 mins, no interval
$20 adult, $15 concession (students, senior), Group 5+ $15 each

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13th – 17th November
The Basement Studio

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MANCUB plays
Date: 5th to 9th March 7.30pm
Duration: 70 minutes (no interval)
Location: The Pumphouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna
Tickets: $20 adult, $15 concession (students, senior), Group 5+ $15 each 

Starring: Ryan Dulieu, Tansy Hayden and Richard Osborne