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Michael Hurst in The Golden Ass

Michael Hurst in The Golden Ass

Friday July 15th, 2022.


The Gaiety Theatre, Rue Jolie, Akaroa

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 If you ever needed an excuse to come for the weekend in Akaroa – here it is !

Our good friend Michael Hurst will be performing his new play, The Golden Ass, as part of his world premiere tour at The Gaiety Theatre.

ACAC brings this fantastic piece of theatre to you as part of our fundraising for Landings at French Festival 2023.

No one performs the classics quite like Michael, one of New Zealand’s finest actors, who brings his incomparable wit, craft and energy to every performance.
Stay after the show for a glass of wine and our Q and A with Michael.

Seats are limited, so book now at – tickets are $35.

The Golden Ass is a modern take on the first century novel by Apuleius, a glorious satire of its time, and the only Latin novel to survive in its entirety.
Michael brings this fantastical, hilarious, and sometimes terrifying tale into the 21st century. It is a tale of Lucius, a young man who, driven by desperate desire and insatiable curiosity, performs an act of magic on himself and accidentally transforms into a donkey. Perilous adventures follow, with Lucius falling into the hands of bandits, bakers, cultists, witches, slaves, circuses, soldiers and more.
The Golden Ass is a dazzling combination of allegory, satire, and sheer exuberance which has inspired the likes of Shakespeare, Boccaccio, Cervantes, and Keats. It remains powerfully relevant today in its plea for empathy and compassion in a world gone mad.
Cash bar will be open 30 minutes prior to opening.

Door sales on the night will be available 30 mins prior to the show, depending on availability.