The Effect at Q Theatre (1-12 Aug)

Student Pricing and Dates

Benjamin Henson Helms the NZ premiere of love story described as Romeo and Juliet on MDMA

The NZ premiere of the brilliant new work from Fractious Tash, The Effect, is heading to Q Theatre 1 -12 August as part of Q’s 2017 MATCHBOX Season. Director Benjamin Henson has combined his off-kilter vision and an unstoppable cast for the NZ premiere of the Lucy Prebble’s brilliant work, bringing to life the love story set amidst a clinical drug trial.

The Effect won the Critic’s Circle Best Play Award in London before transferring to Broadway, and this show is really something special – playwright Lucy Prebble is a bit of a phenomenon, having written the celebrated play ENRON and the racy hit TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl which starred Billie Piper prior to writing The Effect, which also starred Piper in the first London run of the play.

Taking the stage in this intimate four-hander are an experienced cast of Will Wallace (Step Dave, Harry), Jessie Lawrence (Why Does Love, Summer Shakespeare’s As You Like It), Sheena Irving (Man of Mode at National Theatre, London, Dear Murderer), and Daniel Watterson (Dirty Laundry, Pop-Up Globe’s Olivia in Twelfth Night). Henson brings his tried and tested provocative flair to the work, pushing the traditional theatrical boundaries to the absolute limit, with unforgettable results, by teaming up with Movement Director Lara Liew (Dynamotion, Wet Hot Beauties). Lauded as “a fantastic spectacle director” by Theatrescenes, Henson’s cutting-edge approach and the boisterous innovative style of the company lend itself perfectly to the visionary work of Prebble.

Student Price
– Preview evening Tuesday 1st August – just $15 tickets (standard price $35)

The Effect plays:

Tues 1st – Sat 12th August, Q Theatre Loft, Auckland CBD, at 7pm
Tickets from Q Theatre. For bookings visit or phone 09 309 977

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Written by Alliv Samson

Founder and Publisher of XYNZ Magazine. Alliv is also the co-founder and COO of Kami ( @allivsamson


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