The European premiere of the multi-award-winning new play

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29 August 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“We don’t see many plays from New Zealand in the UK, except sometimes at the Edinburgh fringe, but Emma Kinane’s play arrives in London trailing breathless reviews. It takes the form of a psychological thriller that is set in the aftermath of the disappearance of an 11-year-old boy. A newly qualified Maori social worker, Anahera, is assigned to support the parents, but everyone has secrets, and the play uses a clever time structure to question the assumptions we make and the values we hold.”


“Our children do as they’re told. That’s our family dynamic”

A European debut for an exciting new voice from New Zealand.

11-year-old Harry Hunter is missing.

While they wait for news, Anahera – a newly qualified Māori social worker – supports Harry’s distraught parents.

But as the hours pass and the situation pushes everyone to their limits, Anahera is forced to take a stand.

Anahera returns to the Finborough Theatre where it was originally given a staged reading in Vibrant 2018 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. In New Zealand, it was chosen for Auckland Theatre Company’s workshop Next Stage in 2015 and was a finalist in the Adam NZ Play Awards in 2016. It premiered in September 2017 at Circa Theatre in Wellington, receiving rave reviews, and won Most Outstanding New New Zealand Play at the Wellington Theatre Awards 2017

Critic reviews

Thrilling and impressively intelligent tale of family trauma that’s as engrossing as it is horrifying

The Stage

The overwhelming performances solidify the effects of childhood trauma and unhealed wounds, and Anahera manages to start a conversation that has no effective resolution

Broadway World

Anahera is truly ot an easy watch – a play that evokes genuine fear and raises controversial and uncomfortable questions

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 3 Sep - Sat 28 Sep, 3pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs


118 Finborough Road SW10 9ED London, UK · Get Directions

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