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by Barnie Duncan
presented by Theatre Beating

at The Audio Foundation, Poynton Terrace, Auckland
From 3 Mar 2013 to 7 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  Gus SimonovicJanet McAllister (New Zealand Herald);


A solo performance opening March 3rd examining the curious life of an eccentric recluse, who through hoarding stacks of newspaper has constructed a skewed and intriguing view of the outside world. The performer and devisor Barnie Duncan spent some time living in a shed with nothing but newspaper as research for the work.

In a dusty corner of the Auckland CBD, you will enter the basement dwelling of Him, a recluse who lives obsessively through his only connection with the outside world - the daily newspaper he is delivered via a slot in his door.

Multi-award winning actor and musician Barnie Duncan presents a startling, beautiful, and ultimately uplifting portrait of a complex man as an audience sits privy to the rituals of solitude and hope, unlocking the chamber of a private world in pursuit of escape.

Barnie Duncan has a background in devising theatre that challenges traditional narrative based work. His company Theatre Beating has produced several award winning physical comedy shows in New Zealand, and have toured internationally with the critically acclaimed lunatic history lesson 'Constantinople'.

‘...him.' is the company's first foray into non-comedic work, and debuted at this years Melbourne Fringe Festival, resulting in critical acclaim and an extended season at the legendary underground venue ‘Tuxedo Cat.'

Barnie collaborated with an Australian team to create the work, including director Kat Henry, and musician Beatrice Lewis who composed an original score for the piece using cello and tactile recordings of newspaper.

A room at the Audio Foundation will be transformed into the private quarters of a hoarder. The audience will feel like they are sitting in the innermost chamber of a very curious man. Immersion is a key word in the set and sound design of this show.

“Fascinating… refreshingly inventive” – The Age

“..poignant and intriguing… a breathtaking piece of art” **** - Musings & Mutterings

“Duncan produced an amazing array of emotions within the audience” – The Melbourne Arts Club

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to 

...HIM plays
3rd - 7th March, 8pm Duration: 1 hour
Venue: The Audio Foundation, Poynton Terrace, Auckland CBD
Tickets: Adults $15, Child $12, Group $12, Conc $12
Bookings: iTicket – or 09 361 1000