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How to Keep an Alien 2017 dates

How to Keep an Alien goes to New Zealand

2017 dates: How to Keep an Alien at three festivals in New Zealand! 

Sonya Kelly’s hit show will tour to the Auckland Arts Festival, Festival of Colour Wanaka, and UPSURGE Bay of Islands Festival with the support of Culture Ireland. 

For information on touring How to Keep an Alien email 

Winner of the Tiger Dublin Fringe BEST PRODUCTION award, this show won accolades from critics and audiences when in premiered in Dublin, Ireland and Brisbane, Australia in 2014. The show has since toured all over Ireland, and to the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and Soho Theatre, London in 2015. 

'Exquisite’ ★★★★★ The Irish Times

‘Inventive and delightfully magnetic theatre’ ★★★★★ The Herald   

★★★★ The Guardian "This is a very, very funny show ... one to fall in love with"  

How to Keep an Alien is a funny and tender autobiographical tale in which Irish Sonya and Australian Kate meet and fall in love, but Kate’s visa is up and she must leave the country.  Together they must find a way to prove to the Department of Immigation that they have the right to live together in Ireland.  The paper trail of evidence for ‘the visa people’ takes them on a global odyssey from County Offaly to the Queensland Bush. It’s a tricky business coming from opposite ends of the earth. It takes an Olympian will and the heart of a whale, but above all else, paperwork. It takes a hell of a lot of paperwork!

Production Credits

Writer and performer: Sonya Kelly 

Stage Manager and performer: Paul Curley

Director: Gina Moxley 

Set and Lighting Designer: Sarah Jane Shiels 

Sound Designer: Carl Kennedy