Past Shows

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Show Poster
By Sam Steiner
Directed by Alex Wilson
16 - 23 November 2019, Clarkson Studio, Regent Theatre

The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver and Bernadette are about to find out. It’s about what we say and how we say it; about the things we can only hear in the silence; about dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons, lemons.

A break out hit at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Arcade is proud to restage this show that asks us to contemplate, in a world where there are a multitude of ways we can communicate, which words are the ones that mean the most.  

Cast: Sophie Graham & Alex Martyn.
Crew: Musicians - Adelaide Dunn & Olive Butler, Producer - Kate Schrader, Set Designer - Simon Anderson, Lighting Designer and Operator - Cain Sleep, Assistant Lighting Technician - Kat Poharama, Costume Design - Ross Heath, Stage Manager - Amy Wright, Design and Marketing - Angus McBryde, Ticketing and FOH - Beth Waite
Me and My Sister Tell Each Other Everything Show Poster
By Uther Dean, lyrics by Oliver Devlin and Uther Dean
Directed by Heidi Geissler
26 July – 3 August 2019, University Bookshop

Jo and Murph are sisters. Jo and Murph are nothing alike. But Jo and Murph need each other, badly. Me and My Sister Tell Each Other Everything is a thorny, funny and deeply personal story of two sisters dealing with Tinder, mismatched socks, depression, a childhood dollhouse, and Mary Poppins. Jo has a job and a boyfriend but has never left home. Murph is in a band but sometimes can’t get out of bed. Jo and Murph are figuring out those often uncomfortable, painful, joyful moments of being siblings, caught up in ever-changing family dynamics.  

Cast: Kat Kennedy & Kate Schrader
Crew: Producers - Amy Wright & Catherine Wright, Assistant Producer - Amy Wright, Lighting Designer - Anna Sinton, Costume Designer - Ross Heath, Musical Director - Zac Nicholls, Set Designer - Ian McDowall, Operator - Samson Ruthven, Design and Marketing - Angus McBryde, Ticketing and FOH - Beth Waite
The Bald Soprano Show Poster
By Eugène Ionesco, translated by Tina Howe
Directed by Alex Wilson
24 May – 1 June 2019, 82 Bond Street

Join the Smiths and the Martins for a dinner party where nothing is quite what it seems. The clock is broken, no one can remember who anyone is and why exactly has the fire captain turned up anyway?

The Bald Soprano holds the world record for the longest continuous staging in the same theatre, having played at the Théâtre de la Huchette since 1957. Ionesco's classic “anti-play” is an assault upon convention and a celebration of chaos as the Smiths and Martin rally against the seemingly inevitable pointlessness of it all!

Cast: Abby Howells, Alex Martin, Sof Scott, Trubie-Dylan Smith, Rebecca Thompson, Cat Wright
Crew: Producer - Kate Schrader, Assistant Producer - Amy Wright, Lighting Designer - Anna van den Bosch, Costume Designer - Ross Heath, Set Designer - Simon Anderson, Operator - Harrison Kennedy, Rigging - Chris Cook, Design and Marketing - Angus McBryde, Ticketing and FOH - Beth Waite
HarleQueen Show Poster
By Abby Howells
Directed by Anya Tate-Manning
21 - 23 March / 28 - 29 Sept 2019, University Bookshop

HarleQueen is a one-woman celebration of female fools. Written and performed by Abby Howells and directed by Anya Tate-Manning, HarleQueen will be a night of theatre, fun and stories about cool ladies.

Using a variety of comedy styles HarleQueen will take the audience on a journey through the history of female comedians in this vaudevillian-style one woman show. Join the HarleQueen in celebrating the women who blazed the trail for females in comedy!  

Cast: Abby Howells
Crew: Stage hand - Sof Scott, Operator - Harrison Kennedy, Lighting Design - Anna Sinton, Design and Marketing - Angus McBryde, Ticketing and FOH - Beth Waite
Reviews: Theatreview
Attila the Hun Show Poster
By Abby Howells
Directed by Alex Wilson
19 - 22 September 2018, Underground Market

Venturing into a fast food restaurant past midnight might feel like you are entering into a dangerous, alien world.

But spare a thought for the poor souls who have to flip the burgers for the drunken masses. Spare a thought for those who cannot fix the milkshake machine when accosted by skinheads at the drive-thru counter.

Spare a thought for those who cannot stop Banksy-wannabes drawing male genitalia on corporate advertising. Spare a thought for those who believe they are the legendary warrior Attila the Hun, true leader of the late night crew.

At the tail end of its highly acclaimed inaugural programme, Dunedin’s newest theatre company Arcade signs off 2018 with this locally written fast food farce.  

Cast: Orion Carey-Clark, Heidi Geissler, Harrison Kennedy, Kat Kennedy, Kate Schrader, Sof Scott, Shaun Swain, Rebecca Thompson
Crew: Production Manager - Jasper Ririnui, Lighting Designer - Anna Sinton, Set Designer - Shannon van Rooije, Costume Design - Courtney Drummond, Design and Marketing - Angus McBryde
The Lieutenant of Inishmore Show Poster
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Orion Carey-Clark
25 - 28 July 2018, The Attic

Rural West Ireland, 1993. An innocent black cat named Wee Thomas has been murdered. Unfortunately, he belongs to a short-tempered IRA member named Padraic who enjoys a spot of torture. Violence, eating shoe polish and moral debates about shooting cows ensue as Padraic returns home in search of who has killed his only friend in the world.

Martin McDonagh is among the most acclaimed living Irish playwrights. His notable works for the stage include The Pillowman and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. In addition, McDonagh has received critical acclaim for his films In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths & Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the latter of which won three BAFTA Awards and two Golden Globe Awards in 2018.  

Cast: Laith Bayan, Josephine Devereux, Alex Martyn, Isaac Martyn, Zac Nicholls, Bene Stewart, Shaun Swain, Mac Veitch
Crew: Heidi Geissler - Production Manager, Anna Sinton - Lighting Designer, Siobhan Donnelly - Lighting Operator, Katherine Kennedy - Costuming, James Caley - Sound Designer, Sofian Scott - Stage Manager, Bridie Lewis - Assistant Stage Manager, Kat Bep Neddy - Sound Operator, Zoe Armstrong - FX Makeup, Design and Marketing - Angus McBryde
The First Time Show Poster
By Courtney Rose Brown
Directed by Heidi Geissler
30 May - 2 June 2018, New Athenaeum Theatre

 Everyone remembers their first time. The small details, the nitty-gritty moments. Five young women share upfront confessions about the beautiful chaos that being a twenty-something brings.

The First Time won highly commended in Playmarket's Playwrights b425 in 2016 and was shortlisted in Plays for the Young 2017. In 2017, The First Time had a successful debut at BATS theatre followed by seasons at The Little Theatre and Circa Theatre with rave reviews.  

Cast: Mikayla Renee Cahill, Kat Kennedy, Sahara Pohatu-Trow, Kate Skinner, Beth Waite
Crew: Producer - Clementine Flatley, Stage Manager - Joelle Peters, Set Designer - Shannon Van Rooijen, Lightning Designer - Anna Sinton, Lighting/sound Operator - Siobhan Donnelly, Consultant - Jordy Dougherty, Design and Marketing - Angus McBryde
Fold Show Poster
By Jo Randerson
Directed by Alex Wilson
28 February - 3 March 2018, Allen Hall Theatre

Five acquaintances love nothing more than exchanging random presents, talking about nothing in particular and listening to elevator music. They have everything they ever wanted in life. Why don’t you? They are all perfectly happy, or are they? What if there is more to life than buying yachts when you feel depressed? An award-winning dark comedy that sets its sights on privilege and pretension.  

Cast: Marea Colombo, Abby Howells, Alex Martyn, Ben McCarthy, Sam Shannon, Nick Tipa
Crew: Musical Director - Nick Tipa, Choreography - Marea Colombo, Stage Manager - Heidi Geissler, Set and Prop Design - Shannon van Rooijen, Sound Design - Andrew Wardell, Lighting Design - Anna Sinton, Costume Design - Courtney Drummond, Set Construction - Alex Martyn & Bene Stewart, Lighting Operator - Siobhan Donnelly, Follow Spot - Jefferson Kinghorn, Sound and AV Operator - Chris Cook, Video Design - Orion Carey-Clark, Video Editing - Ashley Heydon & Liam Hoffman, Front of House - Joelle Peters, Band - Zac Nicholls, Nick Tipa, Sam Shannon, Design and Marketing - Angus McBryde