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Written and directed by Sarah Delahunty
1st Gear Productions

at Downstage Theatre, Wellington
From 17 Feb 2013 to 25 Feb 2013

The Dark Room at Te Manawa, Palmerston North
From 16 Jul 2014 to 19 Jul 2014

The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 12 Aug 2014 to 16 Aug 2014

Reviewed by:  John SmytheJoy GreenVanessa Byrnes;

Three strangers find themselves in a room.

Why are they there?

Why are they there together?

These questions drive the mystery and tension of this tight, fast paced drama which twists and turns from the apparently real to the definitely surreal.

The room in question, in Downstage Theatre, is being used as a theatre space for the first time!

“I wrote the play specifically for the space. I like a challenge!” says writer/director Sarah Delahunty, who in 2012 won the National Playwriting for the Young Competition for the second time. 

Two of the young cast have already some international acting experience. Both Neenah Dekkers-Reihana and Robbie Nicol were selected to perform onstage at the Globe Theatre in London as part of the SGCNZ Young Shakespeare Company.

Neenah has also been recently see in Tigers of Wrath at Circa.

1st Gear Productions has brought several other successful productions to the Fringe – 2b or nt 2b (Pick of Fringe 2008), Medea Songs (2010) and Crazy Joint Love (2011).

In 2012 they had a sell out season with the 1960's rock musical HAIR

A room in Downstage Theatre
17 – 25 February 2013
021 294 4023


In 2013 Affinity won Best Theatre in the Wellington Fringe Festival and was nominated Most Promising Newcomer and Best Sound in the prestigious Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. 1st Gear productions are thrilled to be showcasing Wellington's newest talents in Palmerston North. 

The Dark Room, Palmerston North
16 – 19 July 2014, 7.30pm
$12.00 to $20.00
Book here


Neenah Dekkers-Reihana:  Gabe
Robbie Nicol:  Ian 
Sylvie Mc Creanor: Estelle 
Alex Kerr:  Doorkeeper 

Te Aihe Butler:  Sound design 

Kate Burian:  Stage manager lighting and sound operator