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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

The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 16 Sep 2014 to 20 Sep 2014

Reviewed by:  Gus SimonovicJanet McAllister (New Zealand Herald); Matt Baker (TheatreScenes: The Auckland Theatre Blog); Nik Smythe;


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, 7pm 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 



Recently returned from a whirlwind month in Edinburgh, award winning performer Barnie Duncan is setting himself a lofty challenge by restaging his touching Melbourne Fringe hit ...him, at The Basement.

The show changes each night, depending on what is in today's paper … and it just happens to be the week leading up to the general election. 

...him has toured to critical acclaim in Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland. In 2013 it won the top Auckland Fringe Festival's Fringe Award. This is the first staging of the production inside a theatre, and Theatre Beating are excited about transforming the upstairs space of The Basement into the cluttered home of a hoarder.

“it is simply a breath-taking piece of art.” 4 stars - Muse & Mutter, Melbourne

“...Him is a fascinating one-man show, and refreshingly inventive.” - The Age, Melbourne

“This exquisitely formed production presents us with a glimpse of an uncommon life... The season is short – don't miss it.” 4 stars – InDaily, Adelaide 

“it's so clever and intense. It's funny, and sad and unsettling and beautiful and hopeful.” - The Daily Blog, Auckland

...him plays
Dates: 16th – 20th September 2014, 8pm
Venue: The Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland CBD
Tickets: $20, $18 and $10 if you donate 10 papers booking fees may apply
Bookings:  or

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