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Handstand Productions

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Handstand Productions

Handstand Productions presents original New Zealand theatre written by playwright Jan Bolwell. To date five of its six productions have toured successfully around the country. Solo plays Standing on my Hands and Here's Hilda! tell the story of Jan Bolwell's father (WW2 experiences) and her grandmother. Here's Hilda! was toured twice by Arts on Tour New Zealand, and was a nominee in the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. 

Double Portrait is a three hander about the life of Frances Hodgkins, New Zealand's most famous expatriate artist. Dancing in the Wake, also a three hander, tells the story of Lucia Joyce, James Joyce's daughter who is a dancer and ends up in a psychiatric institution for most of her life. This play was toured by Arts on Tour New Zealand.

Bill Massey's Tourists (touring since 2014 and still touring) is a solo play  about the WW1 story of Jan Bolwell's grandfather, Arthur Gardiner. In 2017 this play was toured by Arts On Tour New Zealand.

Taking the High Ground is Jan Bolwell's latest play which opened at Bats Theatre, Wellington in December 2017. It is a four hander that tells the story of Australian Freda du Faur, the first woman to scale Aoraki/Mt. Cook in 1910, and Lydia Bradey, a New Zealander who was the first woman to scale Mt. Everest, solo and with out the aid of oxygen. Handstand Productions is keen to tour this play over the next two years.



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