Named the stand-out cabaret of the year by the New Zealand Herald, Valerie is theatre with a passionate heart. The play explores nature versus nurture: Did Nurture pull the trigger in Valerie’s case? Or, did Nature pull the trigger long ago, and we’re all just waiting to feel the bullet?

Valerie is an intergenerational, inter-disciplinary story that goes to the very heart of family mythologies. Music, genetics and storytelling merge to explore and unravel a family history of mental illness in a celebration of resilience, compassion and love.

Director Benjamin Henson (“Twelfth Night”,  Fortune Theatre 2017) has skilfully crafted this work by former Dunedinite Robin Kelly into a remarkable and moving gig/theatre show. Robin Kelly, Cherie Moore (“Twelfth Night” / “Into the Woods”) and Tom Broome perform this beautiful score and story.

The performance is followed by an opportunity to talk about this play.

VALERIE is a beacon and lesson for our future. A challenging, innovative and beautiful piece of work.


Thursday 27 & Friday 28 Sept, 7.30pm


Community Gallery


1hr 5 no interval


General Admission
Adult $42/$35
Tertiary $25