I'm starting to think about genetics, what's passed on. What isn't. I'm thinking of my grandmother, Valerie.

                                                                      - Robin Kelly, Creator

Named the stand-out cabaret of the year by the NZ Herald, Valerie is an inter-generational, interdisciplinary and interrupting piece of theatre that reaches into the guts of family mythologies. Music, genetics and storytelling combine to unravel creator Robin Kelly's family history – and try to shine a light on the future.

A love letter from grandson to grandmother, Valerie is gig-theatre at its finest.

Back by popular demand, this not-to-be-missed season will be the last chance for Auckland audiences to see this celebration of resilience, compassion and love.

PLEASE NOTE // Contains loud noises, strong  language and mature themes, including references to suicide and depression 

Learn more about Last Tapes by visiting their website, or following them on Facebook and Twitter.


This season is part of Last Tapes’ fundraising efforts to take Valerie to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2018. Click here to support their Boosted campaign.

You can also purchase a Last Tapes Lovers ticket, which includes your ticket to Valerie and a small donation to Last Tapes

Add a touch more drama to your night out…

DOUBLE DEAL // Make a night of it on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 with a rare and radical double deal! See the award-winning Valerie at 7 PM, then at 9 PM, witness sell-out act Stimmung Choir join forces with new New Zealand super-group Neon Warwick and the Bethell Gang to sing songs from their debut album Our Lady of the Flowers

Click here to buy tickets to both shows for a special double deal price and experience a night of original music, incredible storytelling, and artistry not to be missed.


Valerie was developed with support from Creative New Zealand, Basement Theatre, Auckland Live, and many others who gave their time, insight, and resources to the project.

As close to a perfect piece of theatre as I could think of... so violently to my taste that I wanted to keep it close to me forever  
                                                              Sam Brooks, Pantograph Punch

Beautifully polished, striking, recommended 
                                                                                    NZ Herald

A challenging, innovative and beautiful piece of work