BATS Theatre, The Propeller Stage, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

09/05/2017 - 13/05/2017

Q Theatre Cellar, Auckland

02/05/2017 - 06/05/2017

NZ International Comedy Festival 2017

Production Details


Brynley Stent ( Funny Girls, Snort) is proud to introduce you to her latest character, Providence Gratitude; the breakout star of Gloriavale. Through improv and standup, Brynley brings you the twisted story of how a runaway Christian makes it in a big(ish) city. It’s like ‘Babe: Pig in the City’, but with more institutionalism.

Providence Gratitude, a naive young woman residing in the religious, closed-community of Gloriavale, thinks there’s more to life than just churning butter. After a discarded Woman’s Day magazine blows into her hard-working hands, Providence decides to explore what else life has to offer and hitches a ride to the big city! Once there, Providence must navigate the world of sex, drugs and celebrity, while keeping her positive attitude intact.

Brynley Stent is a comedian, actor and writer originally from Christchurch. She is a member of SNORT and regularly performs in their weekly late night comedy show and is a writer and core cast of TV3’s Funny Girls. Last year she was part of the cast of the Parker & Sainsbury show Camping, which returned for a sell-out season at Q Theatre as part of this year’s Pride Festival.

She is a brilliant storyteller, I can’t wait to see where she goes next. – Gather and Hunt

Venue: Cellar at Q Theatre, Lower Greys Ave
Dates: Tue 2 – Sat 6 May, 7.15pm
Tickets: $14 – $18
Bookings: // 09 309 9771

Venue: Propeller Stage at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce
Dates: Tue 9 – Sat 13 May, 6.30pm
Tickets: $13 – $18
Bookings: // 04 802 4175

Theatre , Solo , Comedy ,

1 hr

Running in Place

Review by Tim George 04th May 2017

Following up her roles as the naïve bride in Camping and the naïve actress in The Opening Night Before Christmas, actress Brynley Stent completes a hat trick with her new solo show Escape from Gloriavale, in which she plays a naïve member of the secretive religious cult. After reading a copy of Women’s Weekly, Providence Gratitude (Stent) becomes possessed by a desire to go to the mythical Shortland Street and meet the ‘celebrities’ who reside there. With the help of pumpkins, costumes and various other props, Providence regales the audience with her epic story. [More]


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A naughty, funny and energetic dynamo

Review by Candice Lewis 03rd May 2017

We scurry into the small space known as Q Theatre’s ‘Cellar’ (same parking lot as the Basement Theatre) for the one woman comedy musical theatre show inspired by New Zealand’s very own Gloriavale: a closed community near Greymouth in the South Island with fundamentalist Christian beliefs and some of their own interesting rules (such as the standardized blue uniform to maintain modesty).

Brynley Stent creates a light-hearted and amusing adventure in the guise of awkward and naive Providence Gratitude. She is the star of Gloriavale’s own theatre productions and set to marry a young man she barely knows. As Providence, her voice is flat, her singing enthusiastic and cringe-inducing, and we are giggling right from the start.  Her sweet, scrubbed, pale face and long, smooth hair makes Stent look like she might have sprung from the stock of its founder, Hopeful Christian.

With only a stick and pumpkin as a base, Stent creates additional characters that are instantly recognizable. A blue shirt on a coat hanger conjures up a ‘good Gloriavale man’ professing his love and eager to produce eight children. Stent’s facial and physical expressions are wildly comic; she is an absolute pleasure to watch.

Despite the darker side of Gloriavale’s reputation, Stent isn’t churning that particular butter to excess. Accusations of abuse are referred to only fleetingly and she uses the austerity of the lifestyle to highlight the absurdity of ‘celebrity’ in our own culture. Shortland Street, in the context of this show, has never been so much fun or so entertaining.

We nod in agreement whenever she brings up her view on Kelly Tarlton’s, and by the time she makes it to a certain Auckland Street, our heroine can suddenly and magically pronounce a Māori word with ease. There is so much more I’d love to include but that would only spoil it. 

As a former Christian who attended a cult like church, I am appreciative of this naughty, funny and energetic one woman dynamo. If you once fervently sang “I get a thrill from Jesus every moment of the day”, then this show is for you. 


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