Daddy’s Home

Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

23/09/2008 - 04/10/2008

Production Details

Daddy’s Home is a comedy about bringing up baby, from the guy’s point of view. When Bruce stays home he is thrown into the alien world of coffee groups and super-mum’s, and meets Roger, who is going to show him how a real man does it.

World Premiere Tuesday 23 September
Strictly limited 2 week run!

Tuesday 23 September to Saturday 4 October 2008, at 8pm
At The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland CBD
Book at ITICKET – (09) 361 1000 or
$30, Groups (4+) $28, Students, Writers Guild, Actors Equity and Technician’s Guild Members $20 (service fee may apply) 

Aaron Ward (Aladdin, The Producers)
Jonathan Hodge (Tis a Pity She's a Whore, Based on Auckland, PlayRight 07)
Li-Ming Hu (Shortland Street, Spin Doctors, Lantern)
Cherie James (Outrageous Fortune, The Market, Makatu, The Play About the Baby)
Elizabeth McGlinn (Romeo and Juliet, Four Stages of Passion)

Uncomplicated entertainment

Review by Jessie Kollen 24th Sep 2008

When his wife Rebecca decides to go back to work, Bruce gives up his job to look after their infant son.  The play opens with the birth of the baby, or rather Bruce’s nightmare about the birth, which he is having as he sleeps over his morning coffee and newspaper…

It’s his first day on the job as primary caregiver and his wife leaves for work in a whirl of guilt at leaving her young son and excitement at returning to her career.  Bruce’s first activity is to attend the mothers’ coffee group -an experience which can strike terror into the heart of any parent, and a scene which can best be described as Bruce’s baptism by fire.  Escaping the mothers, Bruce heads to a café for a more peaceful coffee and meets Roger, another stay-at-home dad.  Roger seems a little overbearing, but after he gives an earnest demonstration of the speed and manoeuvrability of his child’s pram, Bruce finds himself laughing.  Daddy’s Home tells its tale from a father’s point of view and takes much of its comedy from that perspective, but the story hinges on a simple fact of life: no matter who you are, parenting is exhausting and wonderful and no-body ever really knows exactly what they are doing all of the time.

Daddy’s Home (written by Laurence Dolan) is uncomplicated entertainment, the characters and dialogue are natural and the humour will have the audience laughing all the way through the evening.  Thanks to the subject matter some of the jokes are a little predictable, but that doesn’t make them any less funny and the direction (Tony Forster) and the ability of the actors has made sure that the delivery is always at a good pace.  Aaron Ward does such a convincing job as Bruce it’s hard to believe he isn’t Bruce and Bruce’s wife Rebecca is played by Li-Ming Hu, who also appears as coffee group mother Sally.  Li-Ming Hu seemed to take a little while to relax, but nevertheless gave energetic likeability to her characters.  Roger is perfectly played by Jonathan Hodge -he may bring a tear to your eye!  The coffee group mothers, Tracy (Cherie James) and Donna (Elizabeth McGlinn), as well as appearing in smaller incidental roles in the play, both give good performances, Cherie James in particular as the desperately sleep deprived Tracy.

Daddy’s Home provides all the laughs that the scenario of a stay-at-home father promises, but not because Bruce is a failure, indeed, despite nightmares about dropping the baby and an impromptu nap on a park bench with calamitous results, Bruce is as successful a parent as anyone can hope to be.


Annabella October 2nd, 2008

Daddy's Home was well written and well acted, by only 5 actors who very competently shared all the roles. Although hilarious at times, it was serious and authentic enough to remind parents of what parenting is all about - wanting the best for their children. An entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable evening by a great cast.

Ophelia September 25th, 2008

Yes, I agree with this review. It's an evening of fun that's promised and delivered by the script and the direction. The actors are all excellent. This is a show that everyone involved with it can be proud of. I hope it enjoys a good season.

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