Heartbreak Hotel

This one’s for the young hearts, the old hearts, and the broken hearts. Studded with lo-fi covers of classic breakup songs, you’ll want to cry, you’ll want to laugh. Welcome to the Heartbreak Hotel.

$27 - $39 (service fees may apply)
90 minutes, no interval
28 November - 2 December 2023
Tue 28 Nov, 7pm - 8:30pm
Wed 29 Nov, 7pm - 8:30pm
Thu 30 Nov, 7pm - 8:30pm
Fri 1 Dec, 7pm - 8:30pm
Sat 2 Dec, 7pm - 8:30pm

This one is for the young hearts, the old hearts, and the broken hearts. 

Studded with lo-fi covers of classic breakup songs, Heartbreak Hotel explores a phenomenon we’ve all experienced and found a way to get through: heartbreak. In an exhilarating new performance that brings together vulnerable memoir, famous novels and scientific text, a holistic picture of heartbreak's impact on our bodies and minds is hilariously and poignantly shared. 

Featuring Karin McCracken, Heartbreak Hotel tracks a woman’s journey through the travails of a broken heart, and all the way through to the other side. We meet a carousel of people in her life during various stages of her grief (with all of the ex-loves played by the incomparable Simon Leary); an awkward tinder date, some wild confusion at the supermarket, and various (and sometimes high spirited) attempts at fresh starts.

Heartbreak Hotel is a new work from creative partnership Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken, winners of the 2022 Bruce Mason Award. Enjoy a generous, funny and reflective show that explores the benefits of letting ourselves truly feel something: the good, the bad and the heartbreaking. You’ll want to cry. You’ll want to laugh. Welcome to the Heartbreak Hotel.

Presented by:
EBKM in collaboration with Q Theatre. 

Creative Team:
Created by EBKM
Performers - Karin McCracken & Simon Leary
Director - Eleanor Bishop
Production & Light Designers - Filament Eleven 11
Sound Designer - Te Aihe Bulter 
Stage Manager - Natasha Thyne
Producer - Melanie Hamilton 

Audience warnings:
This show contains flashing lights. Suitable for ages 14+.

Supported by:
The development of Heartbreak Hotel was supported by Creative New Zealand, Hawkes Bay Arts Festival, Hannah Playhouse Trust, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, and Playmarket. 

This season of Heartbreak Hotel is supported by Waipapa Taumata Rau. The University of Auckland is proud to sponsor Q Theatre.

 We would like to acknowledge Waipapa Taumata Rau, the University of Auckland for their support and development of independent art in Auckland. 

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