Programme

*POSTPONED* DayBoy Show Poster
By Harrison Kennedy
Directed by Harrison Kennedy and Shannon van Rooijen
19 - 22 March, 2020, 50 Dundas Street

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of our Dunedin Fringe season of DayBoy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While this decision is heartbreaking at this stage, public health safety is of our utmost concern. Based on the situation at hand with guidance from the Dunedin Fringe Festival and following the advice from the New Zealand Government, we have decided that it would be irresponsible to continue with our season as planned.

Our cast and crew are deeply disappointed with this result, however, we aim to restage DayBoy at a later date when we can ensure the safety of our audience and team. We are committed to bringing Harrison’s story to the stage and we cannot wait to share it with you. Please watch for updates regarding a reprise season. 

We extend our deepest sympathies to our fellow artists who have had to cancel their seasons here in Ōtepoti Dunedin and around the globe. While there are more pressing concerns, we do ask that if you are in a position to do so, we encourage you to donate your ticket cost to an artist as an act of kindness and goodwill during this difficult time.

We thank all of our sponsors, partners and everyone who pre-booked a ticket. Your support is highly appreciated.

If you would like a refund, please contact [email protected] within one week of the show date with your order ID number. If you purchased tickets from Dunedin Fringe Box Office, please contact us at [email protected] or 03) 4773350 to organise a refund, or to donate it forward to the artist.

Most importantly, stay safe and look after each other. We look forward to sharing some magical experiences with you soon.



Hami is a boy without a home and spends his evening at the boarder’s hostel of his single-sex, private boys’ school. While the school has its own pecking order and systemised routines; the hostel has a completely different set of rules, where Hami is king. However, when a “dayboy” who prevented Hami from having a chance of a real family arrives on the scene, the whole school is going to be turned on its head. From emerging playwright, Harrison Kennedy, comes this explosive drama of young men grappling with boyhood, brotherhood and the fragility of masculinity.

DayBoy received rave reviews after its initial two-night season as part of the University of Otago’s Lunchtime Theatre series in 2019. Arcade is proud to produce this piece at the Dunedin Fringe Festival this year.  

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No Exit Show Poster
By Jean-Paul Sartre
Directed by Shaun Swain
22 - 30 May 2020, Venue TBC

A pitch-black comedy set in a single room, more specifically, Hell. Three complete strangers are left alone with each other, with seemingly no reason why they ended up in Hell. It looks like Hell isn't exactly what they expected it to be. There's no link between them, no mirrors, no windows, no means of turning the lights off and more importantly: No Exit. Welcome to Hell, we hope you "enjoy" your stay.


Director Shaun Swain completed a diploma at The Director’s Programme in Auckland in 2019. Arcade is thrilled to bring this classic play to the stage, updated for modern audiences, thematically tying it to the successful NBC comedy The Good Place. In today’s increasingly fractured political world, this black comedy comments on how we treat each other, create divisions and cause unnecessary suffering and duress. No Exit is not only timely but may offer a cathartic release.