There's a special delight that comes with opening a book for the first time. You don't know what adventure you're in for, but there's a magic to the mystery that keeps you glued to exactly where you are. Red Leap Theatre brings this sense of glee to the stage in their premier adaptation of Owls Do Cry, considered the first great New Zealand novel by beloved local author Janet Frame.  Bringing this book alive to stage for the first time, Red Leap transforms the extraordinary tale of the Withers siblings into an exciting devised performance through their signature physical and visual styles. Whether you’re a new or old fan of New Zealand writing, this is a celebrated, heartbreaking story about small town communities full of nuance, heart, warmth and insight. 

Created by an exciting creative team: Led by Artistic Director Julie Nolan and Directed by Malia Johnson, Designer Penny Fitt and Dramaturgy by Heather Timms. Devised and performed by the talented: Ross McCormack, Margaret Mary Hollins, Ella Becroft, Hannah Lynch, Comfrey Sanders and Arlo Gibson.


Please note: This performances contains haze and explores themes of mental health.


"The show throws up a kaleidoscope of deeply evocative images." - NZ Herald

"It’s visceral, and you’re holding your breath." - The 13th Floor

"Owls Do Cry is a stunning and evocative theatrical interpretation that feels modern, innovative and exciting" - Theatre Scenes

"Owls Do Cry, is sure to join the roster of the great works of New Zealand theatre. It provides the kind of richly immersive theatre experience that transports you heart and soul to some other zone of aliveness, satisfying you in ineffable ways – the kind of experience you keep going back to the theatre for, despite the rarity of such experience." - Theatreview

“Beautifully charged scenes, physical theatrics and well thought-out choreography stimulate and intrigue”  Theatreview, Kororāreka (Napier) 2018

"There is no doubt that you will connect somehow” Theatreview, Kororāreka (Napier) 2018

“★★★★★ The journey on stage…extends beyond the narrative; it is also a journey into the transportive qualities of live theatre at its best. The Arrival is a one-of-the-kind theatre experience that will leave an indelible impression on audience members young and old” Arts Hub, The Arrival (Queensland) 2018